ReligionAugust 5, 2015

5 questions about the contraception mandate

The Obama administration has issued its final regulations governing how the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide contraception coverage applies to religiously affiliated nonprofits and businesses. But the announcement has done little to quell the objections of some religious groups. As the debate over the mandate continues, here are five questions and answers about the controversy.

Internet & TechJuly 17, 2015

5 facts about vaccines in the U.S.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation June 30 making it mandatory as of next July for children enrolled in public or private schools and day cares to be vaccinated, ending the state’s policy that allowed personal and religious exemptions to vaccine requirements.

ReligionJuly 16, 2015

Nearly all states allow religious exemptions for vaccinations

Forty-six states currently allow children to be exempt from vaccinations due to religious concerns, including 17 states that also allow exemptions for “personal reasons.”

ReligionJuly 13, 2015

Some major U.S. religious groups differ from their members on the death penalty

Many large religious groups have taken positions in opposition to the death penalty even though that stance is sometimes at odds with the opinions of their adherents.

ReligionJune 26, 2015

How the Supreme Court’s decision for gay marriage could affect religious institutions

Some legal scholars and others are trying to determine how a ruling granting same-sex couples a constitutional right to wed might affect religious institutions.

ReligionMarch 30, 2015

Americans split over whether businesses must serve same-sex couples

A new Indiana religious freedom law has sparked national debate. Some say it strengthens protection of religious liberty, while others say it could provide legal cover for businesses to discriminate. The U.S. public is divided over these types of issues.

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ReligionFebruary 26, 2015

Restrictions and Hostilities in the Most Populous Countries: 2013

Among the world’s 25 most populous countries, Burma (Myanmar), Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Russia stand out as having the highest levels restrictions on religion (as of the end of 2013).

ReligionFebruary 26, 2015

Global Restrictions on Religion

Social hostilities involving religion declined in 2013, while government restrictions remained level. But harassment of Jews reached a seven-year high.

ReligionFebruary 26, 2015

Q/A: How Pew Research measures global restrictions on religion

We sat down with researcher Peter Henne to learn more about the complex process of measuring global religious restrictions.

ReligionJanuary 5, 2015

Faith on the Hill

More than nine-in-ten members of the newly elected 114th Congress are Christian — a significantly higher share than is seen in the general population. However, many other major religious groups are represented in the body, including Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and the unaffiliated.