5 facts about the hajj
The annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is underway, and more than a million pilgrims already have entered Saudi Arabia from abroad. These are five important facts about the hajj.
A fifth of Mormons express doubts about some church teachings
A top Mormon leader recently made headlines this week when he acknowledged that past actions by church leaders may have contributed to doubts about church teachings. About one-in-five (22%) church memberssay they find some of the church’s teachings hard to believe.
Big majority of Mormons (including women) oppose women in priesthood
Mormon leaders recently reaffirmed their position that women should not be eligible for the priesthood – a position supported by a majority of Mormons.
‘You don’t have to be Jewish…’
A major new Pew Research Center survey of American Jews includes an analysis of the views and characteristics of non-Jewish people with a “Jewish affinity.”
Most U.S. Jews believe two-state solution is possible, but many doubt leaders’ efforts are sincere
American Jews are skeptical that either Israeli or Palestinian leaders are making a sincere effort to reach a peace settlement.
More white evangelicals than American Jews say God gave Israel to the Jewish people
A majority of white evangelicals believe God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people, compared with 40% of American Jews who believe the same.
How many Jews are there in the United States?
The number of Jews in the U.S. depends on how one defines a Jew.
Jewish essentials: For most American Jews, ancestry and culture matter more than religion
Most American Jews say being Jewish is primarily a matter of ancestry and culture, not religious practice.
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.