Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2013

South Carolina valedictorian reignites debate on prayer in school

Earlier this month, the valedictorian at Liberty (S.C.) High School ripped up his prepared graduation speech, which had been approved by school officials, and instead recited the Lord’s Prayer at the public school’s graduation ceremony. According to CNN, Roy Costner IV said he was trying to make a statement that “taking prayer out of schools […]

Jun. 13, 2013

LGBT Americans

A new nationally-representative survey of 1,197 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults finds that the overwhelming share say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade, but about half say there is still a lot of discrimination.

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2013

Americans less accepting of homosexuality than other westerners – religion may be one reason

In recent years, same-sex marriage has been legalized in some parts of the United States and in 15 countries worldwide, in part because of the public’s changing views about the subject and because of increasing acceptance of homosexuality. But these shifts aren’t universal. When the Pew Research Center surveyed the publics in 39 countries this […]

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Pew Research Center Jun. 12, 2013

Less Acceptance of Homosexuality in More Religious Countries

Explore the relationship between a country’s acceptance of homosexuality and its religiosity in this interactive.

Religion May. 31, 2013

Muslims and the Internet

Around the world, Muslims who use the internet are much more likely than other Muslims to have a favorable opinion of Western movies, music and television.

U.S. Politics May. 7, 2013

After Boston, Little Changes in Views of Islam and Violence

The public is split on whether Islam is more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its believers, but there are sizable partisan, demographic and religious differences in views of Islam and violence.

Religion Apr. 30, 2013

The World’s Muslims

A new global survey of Muslims shows they are deeply committed to their faith and want its teachings to shape not only their personal lives but also their societies and politics.

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Religion Apr. 30, 2013

Infographic: The World’s Muslims

Highlights from the report “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society”

Religion Mar. 6, 2013

Views of the Catholic Church’s Problems and Contributions

U.S. Catholics see sex abuse as the church’s most important problem and charity as its most important contribution.

Religion Feb. 13, 2013

The Shifting Global Catholic Population

Catholics have made up a remarkably stable share of the global population over the past century, but their geographic distribution has shifted significantly during that time.