Religion Jul. 24, 2008

The Blaine Game: Controversy Over the Public Funding of Religion

A scholar discusses challenges in Florida to its so-called Blaine Amendments that restrict state aid to religious schools. More than two-thirds of states have similar constitutional provisions.

Religion Jul. 17, 2008

Stem Cell Research: At the Crossroads of Religion and Politics

An overview of the stem cell debate in America examines the science behind stem cell technology and looks at public opinion trends.

Religion Jul. 3, 2008

Organized Religion’s Role in the Military

In recent years, cadets, military officers and chaplains have asserted competing constitutional rights. Church-state scholar Robert W. Tuttle discusses the legal complications in an interview with Pew Forum.

Religion Jun. 12, 2008

What Limits Remain on Government Funding of Religion?

A recent case permits executive agencies to fund religious groups and activities without fear of constitutional litigation.

Religion May. 15, 2008

The Plight of Iraq’s Religious Minorities

Since 2003, sectarian violence, ambiguous legal protections for religious freedom, and other factors have contributed to a deteriorating situation for Christians and other small religious sects.

Religion Apr. 24, 2008

Courts Not Silent on Moments of Silence

An Illinois statute, now on temporary hold by a U.S. District Court, has given rise to the latest in a long line of constitutional cases involving required moments-of-silence in public schools.

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

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 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.