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.

Feb 10, 2014

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.

Feb 7, 2014

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. […]

Feb 6, 2014

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.

Feb 3, 2014

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?”

Jan 22, 2014

5 facts about abortion

January 22, 2014 is the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s decision establishing a woman’s constitutional right to abortion in the first three months of pregnancy.

Jan 21, 2014

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 […]

Jan 7, 2014

5 facts about Americans’ views on life-and-death issues

From the morality of suicide to personal preferences for end-of-life care.

Dec 24, 2013

It’s not just kids who are excited about a visit from Santa

One-in-five adults who don’t have kids that believe in Santa still plan on a visit from Santa this year.

Dec 19, 2013

What do Americans like least about Christmas? Follow the money.

A third of Americans say commercialism is what they like least about the holidays.