In Pakistan, most say Ahmadis are not Muslim
Anti-Ahmadi sentiment runs high in Pakistan, where two in three Pakistani Muslims say Ahmadis are not Muslim.
Catholic leaders urge immigration reform
Some Catholic leaders have thrown their support behind changes in immigration laws, a position that is in line with the views of many U.S. Catholics.
5 facts about the Pledge of Allegiance
Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court – the state’s highest court – will hear arguments today in Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, a case in which an anonymous atheist couple is challenging the use of the phrase “under God” in recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Humanist […]
Half of Americans say sexual orientation cannot be changed
While half of Americans say that a gay or lesbian person’s sexual orientation cannot be changed, 36% say it can.
During the turmoil in Egypt, Christians have faced continued violence
While the vast majority of Egyptians are Muslim, about 5% (more than 4 million people) are Christian
Most Americans oppose political endorsements from churches
Some religious groups are pushing for an end to a ban on clergy endorsements of political candidates. Pew Research polling has shown that Americans are wary of church involvement in partisan politics.
Racial and ethnic groups view “radical life extension” differently
Blacks and Hispanics (46% each) are somewhat more inclined than whites (34%) to say they would want treatments to dramatically extend life.
Russia’s anti-gay laws in line with public’s views on homosexuality
About three-quarters of Russians don’t think homosexuality should be accepted by society.
The new legal battlefield over abortion
Forty years after Roe v. Wade, the legal battles over abortion are far from over. In 2013 alone, state legislatures have enacted more than 40 new provisions aimed at restricting abortion access.
Before pope’s comments, Latin American Catholics expressed acceptance of homosexuality
Pope Francis made headlines yesterday in response to a question about the supposed “gay lobby” in the Vatican. The pope reportedly reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church’s position that while homosexual acts were sinful, orientation was not. But he added, “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge […]