ReligionJune 20, 2013

Arab Spring Adds to Religious Restrictions

Despite hopes that the political uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa would lead to greater freedoms for the people of the region, a new study finds that restrictions on religion continued to increase in 2011.

ReligionJune 11, 2013

Iranians’ Views Mixed on Political Role for Religious Figures

As Iranians prepare to elect a new president on June 14, just 40% of them think religious figures should play a large role in politics.

ReligionMay 31, 2013

Muslims and the Internet

Around the world, Muslims who use the internet are much more likely than other Muslims to have a favorable opinion of Western movies, music and television.

ReligionMay 22, 2013

Contraception Coverage Mandate Back In Spotlight

Over the past year or so, several dozen business owners have sued the federal government over a provision in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that requires many employers to include free coverage of contraceptive services in their employees’ health insurance plans.

ReligionMay 17, 2013

The Religious Affiliation of U.S. Immigrants

The religious affiliation of U.S. immigrants is majority Christian, but there is a rising share of other faiths, including Muslims and Hindus.

ReligionApril 30, 2013

The World’s Muslims

A new global survey of Muslims shows they are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics.

ReligionApril 25, 2013

Rhode Island May Become 10th State to Legalize Gay Marriage

On April 24, the Rhode Island Senate, by a vote of 26-12, passed a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the nation’s smallest state. Because the Senate made some technical changes to the bill, the measure must now go back to the Rhode Island House.

ReligionApril 23, 2013

Views of Religious Extremism

There are high levels of concern about religious extremism among Muslims in the homelands of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Most Muslims in the region reject violence against civilians.

ReligionApril 3, 2013

U.S. Catholics Express Favorable Views of Pope

Pope Francis is viewed much more favorably by U.S. Catholics than Pope Benedict XVI was during the early days of his pontificate.

ReligionMarch 18, 2013

U.S. Catholics Happy with Pope Selection

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say they are happy with the selection of Pope Francis. But they are divided over how big a change he represents for the church.