Pew Research Center reports and data on religious beliefs and practices around the world.
The Hobby Lobby decision and the future of religious-liberty rights
The Supreme Court expanded the scope of religious liberty rights in a decision that said some for-profit business could opt out of the health care law’s contraception coverage mandate. But the decision was limited to closely-held business.
Latinos in the U.S. have a strong belief in the spirit world
More than half (57%) of Latinos in the U.S. said that people can be possessed by spirits, and 44% said magic, sorcery or witchcraft can influence people’s lives.
Hispanic Millennials are less religious than older U.S. Hispanics
A new survey on religious trends among U.S. Hispanics finds that Hispanic Millennials mirror young American adults overall in their lower rates of religious affiliation and commitment compared with their older counterparts.
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.
When Easter and Christmas near, more Americans search online for “church”
More Americans search for “church” around Easter than at any other time, with the Christmas season usually ranking second, according to Google Trends data.
Europeans hold more liberal views on moral issues
Europeans are consistently more liberal than Latin Americans, Asians, Africans, and Middle Easterners when it comes to judging what things are morally acceptable or not.
Africans among the most morally opposed to contraception
Five sub-Saharan African nations – Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Senegal – rank among the nine countries with the most moral opposition to contraception
Attending a Seder is common practice for American Jews
Percentage of U.S. Jews who say they participated in a Seder last year.
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.