Fact Tank Mar. 24, 2014

5 questions about the Hobby Lobby case and contraceptive coverage

A Q & A about the two related cases that will be argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday involving a challenge to regulations in the Affordable Care Act requiring many employers to include free coverage of contraceptive services in their employees’ health insurance plans.

Fact Tank Mar. 20, 2014

New Muslim American council aims to measure a diverse community

The U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations recently announced its formation, uniting 10 major American Muslim groups.

Fact Tank Mar. 19, 2014

Religious police found in nearly one-in-ten countries worldwide

As of 2012, at least 17 nations have police that enforce religious norms. Religion police forces are most common in the Middle East and North Africa, and are also found in the Asia-Pacific and in sub-Saharan Africa.

Fact Tank Mar. 17, 2014

Support for gay marriage up among black Protestants in last year, flat among white evangelicals

New Pew Research Center data from 2014 show that just within the past year, growing shares of some Christian groups favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Fact Tank Mar. 13, 2014

Controversy over new Israeli law highlights growing ultra-Orthodox population

Ultra-Orthodox Jews have been at the center of a controversy in Israel over whether they should be subject to the draft. Their counterparts in the U.S. tend to be more insular than other Jews.

Fact Tank Mar. 12, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Mar. 10, 2014

Is the Mormon Church expanding the role of women?

Pew Research Center surveys show that Mormons are more supportive of traditional gender roles for women, and against allowing women to be priests, but the Church is taking some steps to expand women’s roles.

Fact Tank Feb. 27, 2014

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.

Fact Tank Feb. 25, 2014

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.

Fact Tank 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.