Fact Tank Dec. 12, 2013

‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’?

When asked about how stores should greet their customers over the holidays, 42% of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas,” 12% prefer “Happy Holidays” and 46% say it doesn’t matter.

Fact Tank Dec. 11, 2013

Pope Francis’ big year

Pope Francis began this year as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, an Argentine archbishop. He finishes it as Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

Fact Tank Dec. 6, 2013

Most U.S. Catholics call addressing clergy sex abuse a top priority

After Pope Francis was elected in March, 70% of U.S. Catholics said that addressing the abuse scandal should be “a top priority” for him.

Fact Tank Nov. 26, 2013

Study: Muslim job candidates may face discrimination in Republican states

Job candidates who posted their Muslim identity on Facebook received fewer interview calls than those whose posts suggested they were Christian. The contrast was particularly notable in Republican-leaning states.

Fact Tank Nov. 25, 2013

No clear ‘Pope Francis effect’ among U.S. Catholics

The pope’s popularity hasn’t yet produced a Catholic resurgence in the U.S. in terms of the share of Americans who identify as Catholic, or the share of those who report attending Mass weekly.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2013

States that allow same-sex marriage also provide protections for religious groups and clergy who oppose it

The battle over same-sex marriage has been about more than whether to allow gays and lesbians to wed. In every state where same-sex marriage is legal – including Illinois, which today became the 16th state to allow gays and lesbians to marry – politicians and others have also debated how to best protect religious freedom. […]

Fact Tank Nov. 19, 2013

New Google ad highlights complicated India-Pakistan relationship

The feel-good ad may be surprising to Western viewers, who are likely familiar with the two nations’ antagonistic relationship.

Fact Tank Nov. 19, 2013

In Cheney sisters’ feud, Republicans side with Liz

Former Vice President Dick Cheney waded into a public dispute between his daughters on Monday, highlighting the debate in the Republican party over same-sex marriage. The dispute began when daughter Liz Cheney, who is running for a Wyoming Senate seat, said she would not change her position on same-sex marriage despite her sister Mary’s marriage […]

Fact Tank Nov. 14, 2013

Muslim holiday of Ashura brings into focus Shia-Sunni differences

Each year, millions of Shia pilgrims visit the shrine of one of their most revered figures – Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. While Ashura is sacred for all Muslims, it is especially important to Shias, illustrating some of the differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

Fact Tank Nov. 12, 2013

What happens when Jews intermarry?

Does intermarriage lead to assimilation and weaken the Jewish community? Or does it strengthen and diversify the Jewish community?