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.

Religion Sep. 23, 2008

Both McCain and Obama Favor Expanding Faith-Based Initiatives

Two experts discuss how and why partnerships between governments and religious social service groups are likely to continue to grow no matter which party controls the White House.

Media & News Sep. 22, 2008

How the Media Has Handled Palin’s Faith

Coverage of her religious background and beliefs has often been a peripheral element in the story.

Religion Sep. 12, 2008

Palin Nomination Puts Spotlight on Pentecostalism

From the time she was a teenager until 2002, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin attended a Pentecostal church , a denomination that emphasizes such practices as speaking in tongues, prophesying, divine healing and other miraculous signs of the Holy Spirit.