Apr 4, 2014

U.S. doesn’t rank high in religious diversity

From a global perspective, the United States really is not all that religiously diverse.

Apr 3, 2014

Asia Foundation: Among Afghan public, mixed support for women’s rights

As national elections in Afghanistan approach. surveys show mixed feelings among the Afghan public about women’s role in society.

Apr 1, 2014

Catholics, other Christians support immigration reform, but say faith plays small role

Three-quarters of American adults say that immigrants living in the United States illegally should be able to stay. Catholics as a whole closely resemble the general public on this view, though Hispanic Catholics are much more supportive than non-Hispanic white Catholics. Majorities of other religious groups also support allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in the country.

Mar 20, 2014

New Muslim American council aims to measure a diverse community

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations recently announced its formation, uniting 10 major American Muslim groups.

Mar 17, 2014

Support for gay marriage up among black Protestants in last year, flat among white evangelicals

New Pew Research Center data from 2014 show that just within the past year, growing shares of some Christian groups favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Mar 13, 2014

Controversy over new Israeli law highlights growing ultra-Orthodox population

Ultra-Orthodox Jews have been at the center of a controversy in Israel over whether they should be subject to the draft. Their counterparts in the U.S. tend to be more insular than other Jews.

Mar 12, 2014

U.S. Catholics more hopeful than expectant of changes to church teachings

Many Catholics would like to see changes on specific church doctrines but they are less certain that those changes will happen, even under Pope Francis.

Feb 27, 2014

Strong support for Israel in U.S. cuts across religious lines

The American Israel Public Affairs Council meets in Washington starting Sunday to lobby on issues affecting that country, and it can look to American Christians as a source of support for Israel.

Feb 25, 2014

Arizona bill sparks debate about religious objections to gay marriage

The bill would allow business owners to cite religious beliefs as a reason for denying services – including to same-sex couples – without fear of legal retribution.

Feb 12, 2014

Support for death penalty drops among Americans

More than half of Americans favor the death penalty for persons convicted of murder, down from 78% in 1996.