Turkey: Troubled Terrain for Pope Benedict
The Pontiff’s diplomatic skills may well be tested as he visits a country where negative views of Christians and the West are on the rise.
Europeans Debate the Scarf and the Veil
Government leaders in the Netherlands reignited the debate over veils and head scarves when they announced plans for legislation that would ban the full-face veil. A Pew survey found that European publics are divided on head scarf bans.
The Devil’s New Playground: The Shopping Mall
Has the repeal of Sunday blue laws given the Devil a new playground? A pair of economists think so.
Many Americans Uneasy with Mix of Religion and Politics
Many Americans are uneasy with the mix of religion and public life. Some 69% say liberals have gone too far to keep religion out of schools, but 49% say conservatives are too eager to project their religious values into the public sphere.
In Great Britain, Muslims Worry About Islamic Extremism
Even before British authorities announced they had thwarted a terrorist plot to blow up airplanes, many people in Britain – including Muslims – were very concerned about Islamic extremism.
Muslims in Europe
Muslims living in Europe worry about their future, and many say they have had a bad experience as a result of their religion or ethnicity. But Muslims there do not generally believe most Europeans are hostile toward people of their faith.
Imperialism, Anti-Americanism and Anti-Semitism
Has U.S. power stoked both anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism?
Moved by the Spirit
What does the global rise of Pentecostalism mean for U.S. foreign policy?
The Great Divide
After a year marked by riots over cartoon portrayals of Muhammad, a major terrorist attack in London, and continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, most Muslims and Westerners see relations between them as generally bad.
Attitudes Toward Immigration: In the Pulpit and the Pew
Church leaders and members don’t always agree about undocumented migrants.