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?

Religion May. 4, 2007

Can Secular Democracy Survive in Turkey?

By nominating an observant Muslim for the Turkish presidency, Prime Minister Erdogan inadvertently highlighted deep-rooted tensions about the role of religion in the nation’s political life.

Religion Mar. 27, 2007

Strange Bedfellows: Why Are Some Religious Groups Defending ’Bong Hits 4 Jesus’?

A recent Supreme Court case involving the free speech rights of students is producing some very unusual alliances. Christian conservative groups, such as the American Center for Law and Justice and the Christian Legal Society, are defending a student who was punished by his high school principal for holding up a sign that read “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.”

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.