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?

Fact Tank Nov. 8, 2013

Quebec considers new restrictions on wearing religious symbols, clothing

Much of the public debate over the so-called “Charter of Values” has focused on the measure’s potential impact on immigrants and their religious beliefs and practices.

Fact Tank Nov. 6, 2013

Evangelicals’ support not enough to turn tide for Cuccinelli in Virginia governor race

Despite strong support for Republican Ken Cuccinelli from white evangelical voters, Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated Cuccinelli on Tuesday in Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial election by a 48%-45% margin. In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie won re-election over Democrat Barbara Buono (60% to 38%) with strong support from both Protestants and Catholics. Virginia Eight-in-ten white evangelical voters […]

Fact Tank Nov. 6, 2013

5 facts about the U.S. Supreme Court’s public prayer case

Today, for the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a constitutional challenge to the practice of legislative prayer. Here are five facts about the case.

Fact Tank Nov. 1, 2013

Vatican will seek Catholics’ input on wide range of family issues

The Vatican plans to ask a range of questions on topics related to the family, including divorce, artificial contraception and same-sex marriage.