The biggest religion stories of 2011 involved tensions over Islam and
questions about faith in presidential politics, especially Mormonism,
according to a new analysis
of religion in the news by the Pew Research Center’s Project for
Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) and the Pew Research Center’s Forum on
Religion & Public Life.
Six of the top 10 religion stories in 2011 were about Islam. This
continues a trend first seen in 2010, when four of the top five religion
stories involved controversies related to Islam. In 2007-2009, by
contrast, Islam-focused stories generally accounted for a much smaller
share of the coverage.
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