Religion Dec. 12, 2006

The Christmas Wars: Religion in the American Public Square

Every year as the holiday season gets underway, debates break out across the country over the appropriateness of religious displays in public spaces. But the so-called “Christmas Wars” are only a small part of a much larger debate concerning the proper place of religion in public life, a debate that began at the nation’s founding.

Religion Dec. 4, 2006

Israel and the Future of Zionism

An American scholar and an Israeli journalist discuss the origins and evolution of Zionism and its implications for the future of the Israeli state.

Global Nov. 20, 2006

Europeans Debate the Scarf and the Veil

Government leaders in the Netherlands reignited the debate over veils and head scarves when they announced plans for legislation that would ban the full-face veil. A Pew survey found that European publics are divided on head scarf bans.

Religion Nov. 20, 2006

Legislating International Religious Freedom

In a Pew Forum roundtable event, four experts discuss the wisdom and success of U.S. legislation that makes the promotion of religious freedom an explicit goal of America’s foreign policy and ways to make that policy more effective.

U.S. Politics Oct. 18, 2006

Evangelicals and the GOP: An Update

White evangelical Protestants have become the most important part of the Republican Party’s electoral base, making up nearly one-in-four of those who identify with the GOP and vote for its candidates. This analysis examines the current state of evangelical support for the GOP, in light of the approaching 2006 elections.

Religion Oct. 11, 2006

God’s Country?

In recent years, evangelicals have helped to put conservatives at the helm of U.S. foreign policy, while focusing their energies on a few issues including support for Israel and promotion of religious freedom abroad. Now, they are showing interest in global warming and other issues traditionally seen as liberal.

Religion Aug. 1, 2006

The Rise of Shia Islam – and Iran

The recent violence in Lebanon and Israel, together with the sectarian strife in Iraq and escalating tensions around Iran’s nuclear ambitions, has drawn urgent attention to the resurgence and politicization of Shia Islam in the Middle East.

Religion Mar. 22, 2006

Mixed Trends in Religious Tolerance

Will Muslims and Evangelicals gain the public acceptance that Jews and Catholics now enjoy?