Yes, much better
Yes, slightly better
No, slightly worse
No, much worse
I can't make up my mind
Religious freedom has expanded. In many places, people are now free to worship as they see fit. Anyone whose religion was oppressed must think today is better.
There are many reasons for a denomination or church to believe that today is better than yesterday. From more people saved to religious freedom and other issues. The only way that a religion or denomination is "worse off today" is by evaluation of human morality by narrow-minded (and perfectionist) pessimism. The "people are crappier today" holds as much water in religion as any other group, that being - none. People have always been plenty crappy, from a religious or other viewpoint, and today is not so different.
On the outside, trickling down on the insiders.
We won't live free until the 1% live in fear.
Hey, richboys! Imagine the boot of democracy stomping on your faces, forever.
I was better off when I was just a gleam in my father's eye. So, the answer for me is no.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
OK, so let me clarify with a clip of Robert Zemeckis' 1997 film "Contact" which many of you probably remember.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK