Religion Sep. 24, 2009

Salazar v. Buono: Can Government Give One Religion’s Symbol Prominence in a Public Park?

The Supreme Court will soon take up a case with the potential to determine the fate of a cross on display in the Mojave National Preserve, as well as similar religious displays across the country. The court’s decision might also determine who may bring Establishment Clause lawsuits in federal court in the future.

Religion Aug. 31, 2009

Faith Healing on Trial

Two of government’s obligations — enforcing child welfare laws and protecting religious freedom — can clash when a parent chooses to rely on faith healing instead of standard medical care for a sick child. Robert W. Tuttle, a church-state scholar, explains.

Religion Aug. 18, 2009

Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

A new report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life examines President Obama’s faith-based advisory council, including descriptions of their goals and profiles of members.

Global Aug. 13, 2009

Pakistan: Growing Concerns About Extremism, Continuing Discontent with U.S.

Pakistani public opinion has turned against al Qaeda and the Taliban, and concerns about Islamic extremism are widespread. At the same time, Pakistanis continue to express negative views of the U.S., although there is an openness to improving relations between the two countries.

Religion Aug. 12, 2009

Measuring Media: Faith-Based Initiative

While Obama adopted much of the program put into place by Bush, it has generated little of the contentious press coverage sparked by his predecessor’s effort.

Religion Jun. 11, 2009

Government Partnerships With Faith-Based Organizations: Looking Back, Moving Forward

The White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, established by President Barack Obama, plans to expand partnerships between the government and faith-based and community organizations for the delivery of social services.

Religion May. 21, 2009

A Clash of Rights? Gay Marriage and the Free Exercise of Religion

Although churches and other religious organizations, including charities and schools, have typically been exempt from state and local laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, it remains unclear how these institutions might be affected by new laws that require equal treatment for same-sex marriages.

Religion May. 14, 2009

The Establishment Clause and Government Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

Most legal scholars agree that the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution limits at least some government funding of religion, but they disagree sharply on exactly what is permissible.

Religion Mar. 6, 2009

Stimulus Package Stimulates Church-State Debate

Economic stimulus legislation has brought on a church-state debate regarding school funding. The Pew Forum turns to church-state scholar Robert Tuttle.

Religion Feb. 4, 2009

Darwin Debated: Religion vs. Evolution

Two hundred years after Charles Darwin’s birth, and 150 years after he published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Americans are still fighting over evolution. If anything, the controversy has recently grown in both size and intensity. In a multi-part package, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life explores the many facets of the debate as it has evolved from its origins to the present day.