Nairobi Westgate mall terrorist attack is part of Kenya’s sharp rise in religious hostilities
The number of people killed in religion-related terrorist attacks in Kenya has dramatically increased in recent years.
Majority of U.S. Catholics’ opinions run counter to church on contraception, homosexuality
Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say the church should permit birth control, about half favor same-sex marriage and just a third (33%) say homosexual behavior is a sin.
Putin’s concerns about extremism shared by other Russians
Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times explaining his reasons for opposing U.S. military action against the Syrian regime also touched on worries within his own borders.
Miss America pageant puts Indian Americans in the spotlight
This past weekend, for the first time in its history, the Miss America pageant crowned an Indian American as the winner. The announcement was followed by a barrage of tweets disparaging the beauty queen’s ethnic heritage and questioning whether her Indian background makes her less “American.” The new Miss America is 24-year-old Nina Davuluri of […]
What surveys say about worship attendance – and why some stay home
This Sunday is “National Back to Church Sunday,” a coordinated effort by more than 20,000 churches of various Christian denominations to reach out to people who rarely attend worship services. The percentage of Americans who say they “seldom” or “never” attend religious services (aside from weddings and funerals) has risen modestly in the past decade. […]
Abercrombie hijab firing highlights Muslim concern about discrimination
A federal judge ruled this week that the clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch wrongly fired a Muslim employee in San Mateo, Calif., for wearing a headscarf. About six-in-ten Muslim American women (59%) say they wear the headcover (or hijab) at least some of the time, including 36% who say they wear it whenever they are in public.
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.