The Blaine Game: Controversy Over the Public Funding of Religion
A scholar discusses challenges in Florida to its so-called Blaine Amendments that restrict state aid to religious schools. More than two-thirds of states have similar constitutional provisions.
Global Anglicanism at a Crossroads
Leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion, gathered this week at their decennial Lambeth Conference, will deliberate the future of a church experiencing deep internal conflicts.
Stem Cell Research: At the Crossroads of Religion and Politics
An overview of the stem cell debate in America examines the science behind stem cell technology and looks at public opinion trends.
McCain’s Lead Among Evangelicals Smaller than Bush’s in ’04
Many white evangelicals remain undecided and Obama has made few inroads into this key constituency. But the Democratic candidate enjoys strong support among the religiously unaffiliated.
Organized Religion’s Role in the Military
In recent years, cadets, military officers and chaplains have asserted competing constitutional rights. Church-state scholar Robert W. Tuttle discusses the legal complications in an interview with Pew Forum.
Religion in America: Non-Dogmatic, Diverse and Politically Relevant
The second major report on the U.S. religious landscape finds that most Americans do not believe their religion is the only way to salvation. This openness to other religious viewpoints is in line with the nation’s great diversity of affiliation, belief and practice as documented in a survey of more than 35,000 Americans.
What Limits Remain on Government Funding of Religion?
A recent case permits executive agencies to fund religious groups and activities without fear of constitutional litigation.
Assessing a More Prominent ‘Religious Left’
Questions and answers about the various groups that make up the religious left movement and the implications for the “religious right” in the coming elections.
The Plight of Iraq’s Religious Minorities
Since 2003, sectarian violence, ambiguous legal protections for religious freedom, and other factors have contributed to a deteriorating situation for Christians and other small religious sects.
American Evangelicalism: New Leaders, New Faces, New Issues
Scholar Michael Lindsay argues that the deep divisions in the movement are not between the political left and right, or the young and old, but between “cosmopolitan” and “populist” evangelicals.