Religion Feb. 1, 2013

The Contraception Mandate and Religious Liberty

On Feb. 1, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed new rules that would exempt certain religious organizations from a new mandate to offer free contraception services to women employees.

Global Jan. 24, 2013

The Tahrir Square Legacy: Egyptians Have Clear Priorities

Two years after Egyptians first poured into Cairo’s Tahrir Square chanting “Down with Mubarak” the legacy of the Arab Spring remains uncertain.

Religion Jan. 15, 2013

As More Countries Regulate Wearing of Religious Symbols, European Court Decides Two UK Cases

The European Court of Human Rights today announced decisions on several high profile religious freedom cases involving the wearing of religious symbols. A recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life found that regulation of religious attire has increased around the world.

Pew Research Center Jan. 14, 2013

As Religious Restrictions Rise, European Court To Decide Cases Involving Religious Symbols

On Tuesday (January 15), the European Court of Human Rights is scheduled to announce decisions on several high profile religious freedom cases involving the United Kingdom. Two complaints claim British law inadequately protects employees’ right to display symbols of their religion in the workplace. The cases involve a British Airways employee and a nurse in […]

Religion Nov. 21, 2012

Many Countries Penalize Blasphemy, Apostasy and Defamation of Religion

As of 2011 nearly half of the countries and territories in the world (47%) have laws or policies that penalize blasphemy, apostasy or religious defamation.

Religion Nov. 16, 2012

Religious Makeup of the New Congress

The newly elected, 113th Congress includes the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate, the first Hindu and the first member of Congress to describe her religion as “none,” continuing a gradual increase in religious diversity that mirrors the country as a whole.

Religion Sep. 20, 2012

Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion

Three-quarters of the world’s approximately 7 billion people now live in countries with high government restrictions on religion or high social hostilities involving religion, up from 70% a year earlier.

U.S. Politics Aug. 1, 2012

Catholics Share Bishops’ Concerns about Religious Liberty

Catholics who are aware of U.S. bishops’ concerns about restrictions on religious liberty generally agree with the bishops’ concerns, according to a new report. Yet there are no significant differences in presidential vote preferences between Catholic voters who have heard and those who have not heard about the bishops’ protests against government policies they see as restrictive of religious liberty.

Global Jul. 10, 2012

Most Muslims Want Democracy, Personal Freedoms and Islam in Political Life

More than a year after the first stirrings of the Arab Spring, there continues to be a strong desire for democracy in Arab and other predominantly Muslim nations. A substantial number in key Muslim countries also want a large role for Islam in political life. Meanwhile, few think the U.S. favors democracy in the Middle East.

Global May. 8, 2012

One Year Later, Egyptians Embrace Democracy, Islam in Political Life

Egyptians remain upbeat about the course of the nation and prospects for progress. Most Egyptians continue to want democracy, with two-in-three saying it is the best form of government. Egyptians also want Islam to play a major role in society.