Religion Mar. 17, 2009

The Political Obligations of Catholics

The Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput argues that Catholics should take an active, vocal and morally consistent role in public debates, particularly on issues such as abortion, the death penalty and other matters they consider central to social justice.

Religion Mar. 16, 2009

Religion in the News: 2008

Religion reporting in 2008 clustered around big events such as the pope’s visit and stories tended to fade quickly from the headlines. Coverage gravitated toward controversies such as Obama’s relationship with Jeremiah Wright and clergy sex-abuse scandals.

Religion Mar. 4, 2009

In Mammon We Trust? Religions Agree Economy is Issue Number One

While members of all faiths see the economy as the top priority for 2009, they are not always in agreement on what issues the government should tackle. The divide is especially large on reducing crime and moral decline in America.

Religion Jan. 30, 2009

Higher Law: Faith-Based Hiring and the Obama Administration

During his campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama said he would overturn the Bush administration’s actions allowing religious groups that receive federal funds for providing social services to restrict hiring to those of the same faith. A scholar discusses the legal pros and cons of such a reversal.

Religion Dec. 19, 2008

The Religious Makeup of Congress

Although a majority of the members of the new, 111th Congress are Protestants, Congress — like the nation as a whole — is much more religiously diverse than it was 50 years ago.

Religion Nov. 5, 2008

Voting Religiously

President-elect Barack Obama made a concerted effort to reach out to people of faith during the 2008 presidential campaign, and early exit polls show that this outreach may have paid off on Election Day.

Religion Oct. 30, 2008

Will Obama Win the White Catholic Vote?

White Catholics have traditionally been swing voters but their recent apparent shift from support for McCain to Obama was both sharp and swift. What explains it?

Religion Oct. 16, 2008

Ten Years of U.S. Efforts to Promote Religious Freedom

A scholar describes the controversy surrounding the passage of the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998 and discusses its impact worldwide.

Religion Oct. 2, 2008

The Religious Vote: Much like 2004, but Economic Concerns Now Top Social Issues

A national survey finds remarkable stability in the candidate preferences of major religious groups compared with the last presidential campaign. But issue priorities among all religious groups have changed with possible implications in November.

Religion Oct. 1, 2008

Despite Pastors’ Protest, Most Americans Are Wary of Church Involvement in Partisan Politics

More than two dozen pastors recently challenged a tax code provision restricting political activities by houses of worship, but surveys show that substantial majorities of the public have consistently opposed such action.