Religion Dec. 17, 2009

Little Support for Terrorism Among Muslim Americans

The Pew Research Center’s comprehensive portrait of the Muslim American population suggests that, despite recent events, America is less likely to be a fertile breeding ground for terrorism than are Muslim minority communities in other countries.

Religion Dec. 17, 2009

Global Restrictions on Religion

Since some of the most restrictive countries are very populous, nearly 70% of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in countries with severe restrictions on religion.

Religion Dec. 9, 2009

Many Americans Not Dogmatic About Religion

Numerous Americans attend worship services of more than one faith or denomination, and many also mix Christianity with Eastern or New Age beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects. Sizeable minorities of all major U.S. religious groups say they have experienced supernatural phenomena.

Religion Dec. 8, 2009

Religion, Race – and Obama

A religious scholar discusses the president-elect’s place in the nation’s historical tension between religion and politics and examines the role of black churches as well as the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Religion Dec. 8, 2009

A Look at Religious Voters in the 2008 Election

Two experts examine the role that religion played in the 2008 presidential election and discuss implications for the future.

Religion Dec. 3, 2009

Sikh-Americans and Religious Liberty

With their religious beliefs requiring distinctive elements of dress and appearance — wearing a turban, keeping hair and beards uncut, carrying a kirpan — Sikhs have been a part of many legal disputes. In an interview, church-state scholar Robert W. Tuttle discusses religious liberty and accommodation issues involving Sikh-Americans.

U.S. Politics Dec. 1, 2009

GOP Seen as Friendlier to Religion than Democrats

The Democrats’ image with respect to religion fell sharply among groups inclined to dislike their party’s politics. Obama, though, is seen as friendlier to religion than is his party. Both fare better than do Hollywood, the media and scientists.

U.S. Politics Nov. 19, 2009

Abortion Plays Small Role in Health Reform Opposition

While most Americans oppose government funding of abortion, concern about abortion funding plays only a small role in driving opposition to the health care reform legislation. If anything, opposition to reform has declined, with currently 42% in favor and 39% opposed to the health care proposals in Congress.

U.S. Politics Nov. 18, 2009

Modest Rise In Concern About Islamic Extremism

Just more than half (52%) of Americans say they are very concerned about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in the U.S., up from 46% in April 2007.

Religion Nov. 16, 2009

Faith-Based Programs Still Popular

Faith-based initiatives remain popular eight years after President Bush unveiled his plan, but church-state concerns remain and not all religions garner high support for receiving funds. Also, 9% of Americans say they recently have turned to religious groups to help make ends meet.