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.
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.
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.
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.
Few in LGBT community see pro sports as friendly
Just 4% of LGBT adults in the U.S. said that professional sports leagues are friendly toward LGBT people.
Sochi Olympics shine spotlight on Russia’s Muslim population
Security has been among the main storylines leading up to the Winter Olympics, set to begin in Sochi, Russia. Sochi is not far from the city of Volgograd, the target of several recent suicide bombings, and according to The Associated Press, up to 100,000 security personnel have been deployed to guard against potential terrorist acts. […]
Obama advocates for global religious freedom at a time of high restrictions
About two-thirds of the world’s population lives in countries with high or very high government restrictions on religion.
Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham: Are evolution and religion at odds?
Religion and evolution will take center stage Tuesday evening in Petersburg, Ky., home of the Creation Museum and the site of a debate between Ken Ham, the museum’s founder, and Bill Nye. The topic: “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”
Pope Francis moves beyond Europe with first class of cardinals
Pope Francis named his first group of new cardinals, often called “princes of the church,” last week. The 19 men will be formally appointed next month. Media reports have observed that Francis, the first pope from outside Europe in modern times, chose several cardinals from the developing world. Francis’ immediate predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, selected […]
5 facts about Americans’ views on life-and-death issues
From the morality of suicide to personal preferences for end-of-life care.