Supreme Court affirms town council’s right to prayer
The Supreme Court brought some clarity to the role of prayer in civic life today by reaffirming that prayer before legislative bodies is not only constitutional, but that it can contain Christian and other faith-specific language. At the same time, today’s 5-4 ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway largely upheld existing case law rather than significantly breaking new ground.
How religious harassment varies by region across the globe
Here’s a region-by-region look at where religious harassment takes place, and to which groups.
Kaiser: Majority of Americans back health law mandate on contraceptive coverage
The Supreme Court recently heard arguments on two challenges to the health care law’s mandate that requires many employers to include contraceptive coverage in their health insurance plans, a mandate that has 61% public support.
The Next America
America is in the midst of two major changes to its population: We are becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Explore these shifts in our new interactive data essay.
Religious Diversity Index Scores by Country
Global Religious Diversity
A new report measures religious diversity by the percentage of each country’s population in eight categories — Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, the unaffiliated, folk religionists and members of other religions.
U.S. doesn’t rank high in religious diversity
From a global perspective, the United States really is not all that religiously diverse.
Asia Foundation: Among Afghan public, mixed support for women’s rights
As national elections in Afghanistan approach. surveys show mixed feelings among the Afghan public about women’s role in society.
Support for gay marriage up among black Protestants in last year, flat among white evangelicals
New Pew Research Center data from 2014 show that just within the past year, growing shares of some Christian groups favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
Catholics Say Pope Francis Is a Change for the Better
Pope Francis remains immensely popular among American Catholics and is widely seen as a force for positive change.