Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2014

U.S. nuns face shrinking numbers and tensions with the Vatican

The total number of nuns, also called religious sisters, in the United States has fallen from roughly 180,000 in 1965 to about 50,000 in 2014 – a 72% drop over those 50 years.

Fact Tank Aug. 1, 2014

Kaiser: Americans’ views of Hobby Lobby ruling are evenly divided

The U.S. public is evenly split in its view of the Supreme Court decision ruling that some for-profit corporations have religious rights and can opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.

Fact Tank Jul. 22, 2014

In 30 countries, heads of state must belong to a certain religion

A new Pew Research analysis finds that 30 of the world’s countries (15%) belong to a unique group of nations that call for their heads of state to have a particular religious affiliation.

Fact Tank Jul. 17, 2014

How many people of different faiths do you know?

A Pew Research Center survey shows how many people in religious groups know other people of different religions.

Fact Tank Jul. 16, 2014

U.S. evangelical Christians are chilly toward atheists – and the feeling is mutual

U.S. Christians, as a whole, express negative feelings toward atheists, and the chilliness is reciprocated, according to a Pew Research survey on how Americans rate eight religious groups.

Fact Tank Jul. 10, 2014

A look at the damage governments inflict on religious property

Though religious property damage by governments were most common in the Middle East-North Africa region, instances have occured in every region of the world.

Fact Tank Jul. 7, 2014

What is a ‘closely held corporation,’ anyway, and how many are there?

The Supreme Court’s long-awaited decision in the Hobby Lobby case says “closely held” corporations can have religious rights that need to be respected. What was it talking about?

Fact Tank Jul. 7, 2014

For gay newlyweds in some states, ‘limbo’ may last another year

It has happened in four states so far, and may well happen in others – a kind of marital limbo where licenses have been granted and vows exchanged, but the marriages themselves have not been officially recognized.

Fact Tank Jul. 2, 2014

The Hobby Lobby impact: A Q&A

The U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing for-profit businesses to opt out of the contraceptive mandate in the new health care law has raised questions about what the ruling might mean for businesses, for future challenges to the contraception mandate, and even for the future of church-state law. We posed these questions to Robert Tuttle, one of the nation’s experts on church-state issues. He is the Berz Research Professor of Law and Religion at the George Washington University.

Fact Tank Jun. 30, 2014

The Hobby Lobby decision and the future of religious-liberty rights

The Supreme Court expanded the scope of religious liberty rights in a decision that said some for-profit business could opt out of the health care law’s contraception coverage mandate. But the decision was limited to closely-held business.