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 […]
Utah Mormons celebrate Pioneer Day
Nearly four-in-ten American Mormons live in Utah, home to 1% of the U.S. population.
On first trip as pope, Francis visits Brazil for World Youth Day
Out of the more than 120 million Catholics in Brazil, 32.6 million are between 15 and 29 years old.
American Catholics want Pope Francis to address abuse scandal
As Pope Francis begins to address issues facing the church, Pew Research Center surveys of American Catholics finds that seven-in-ten think it’s important for the church to address the sex-abuse scandal.
Most Muslims say they fast during Ramadan
A survey of more than 38,000 Muslims in 39 countries and territories found that a median of 93% say they fast during Ramadan.