Religion Dec. 3, 2007

Religion and Secularism: The American Experience

Professor Wilfred McClay argues that America’s particular brand of secularism, together with some features of Christianity, have produced a unique if imperfect mingling of religion and government in the country’s public life.

Religion Nov. 1, 2007

Faith and the Public Dialogue: A Conversation with Sen. John Kerry

At a Pew Forum event, the Massachusetts Democrat candidly discusses the propriety of public inquiry into politicians’ religious beliefs and lessons learned from his 2004 presidential bid.

Religion Oct. 24, 2007

A Delicate Balance: The Free Exercise Clause and the Supreme Court

More than a century of court decisions in this area have forged a ragged path from one extreme to the other, with permutations in between.

Religion Oct. 24, 2007

The Free Exercise Clause and the Parameters of Religious Liberty

An expert on law and religion discusses concrete examples of protected religious expression – must the sheik remove his turban when boarding a plane?

Religion Sep. 12, 2007

A Half Century After It First Appeared on the Dollar Bill, “In God We Trust” Still Stirs Opposition

Oct. 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the appearance of the words on U.S. paper currency. The phrase, which is also the nation’s official motto, has been caught in a broader controversy over just how high the wall separating church and state should stand.

Religion Jul. 11, 2007

In Search of a Way Out: Rethinking the Arab-Israeli Conflict

In an interview with the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Palestinian scholar Sari Nusseibeh discusses ways in which a settlement could help resolve the larger tensions between Islam and other faiths.

Religion Jun. 27, 2007

From the Ten Commandments to Christmas Trees: Public Religious Displays and the Courts

As a supplement to a Pew Forum legal backgrounder, Prof. Robert W. Tuttle discusses how current law might apply in circumstances such as a recent religious display controversy in Louisiana.

Pew Research Center May. 17, 2007

Rev. Falwell’s Moral Majority: Mission Accomplished?

When the late Rev. Jerry Falwell disbanded the Moral Majority in 1989, he declared that “our mission is accomplished.” If Falwell meant that evangelical Christians had come to accept the idea that organized religion should play an activist role in the political process, his claim of success is well-supported by public opinion surveys.

Religion May. 9, 2007

God at Graduation

Spring is the season for school graduations, and graduation ceremonies play a featured role in the national debate over the place of religion in public education. Is a clergyman’s benediction at a public school event a violation of the separation of church and state? Can students lead a prayer at their school commencement?

Religion May. 8, 2007

Religion and International Diplomacy: A Ten-Year Progress Report

Experts discuss the successes and shortcomings of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. Are U.S. national interests advanced by the act, and should they be?