PublicationsAugust 9, 2011

Rising Restrictions on Religion – One-third of the world’s population experiences an increase

Restrictions on religious beliefs and practices rose in 23 of the world’s 198 countries (12%), decreased in 12 countries (6%) and remained essentially unchanged in 163 countries (82%) between mid-2006 and mid-2009, a new Pew Forum report shows. More than 2.2 billion people – nearly a third of the world’s population – live in the 23 countries with increasing government restrictions or social hostilities involving religion.

PublicationsMarch 31, 2011

Churches in Court

Whenever churches or religious organizations find themselves involved in civil litigation, courts first must determine whether the First Amendment’s religion clauses bestow a unique legal status on religious organizations that puts some of their decisions and actions beyond the reach of civil laws.

PublicationsFebruary 24, 2011

Religion in the News: Islam Was No. 1 Topic in 2010

Events and controversies related to Islam dominated U.S. press coverage of religion in 2010, bumping the Catholic Church from the top spot, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

PublicationsFebruary 23, 2011

The Tea Party and Religion

A new analysis by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life finds that Tea Party supporters tend to have conservative opinions not just about economic matters, but also about social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage.

PublicationsJanuary 5, 2011

Faith on the Hill – The Religious Composition of the 112th Congress

The political overhaul of the U.S. Congress after the 2010 elections appears to have had little effect on the religious composition of the legislative body, which is similar to the religious makeup of the previous Congress and of the nation, according to an analysis by the Pew Forum.

2010 Election News BriefsNovember 23, 2010

Midterm Elections Renew Same-Sex Marriage Debate

2010 Election News BriefsNovember 18, 2010

Did Religion-Related Campaign Ad Backfire in Kentucky?

PublicationsNovember 11, 2010

Post-Election Analysis: Politics in the Pulpit

A new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that compared with 2006, fewer voters encountered information on parties or candidates in their house of worship, and only 6% say they were contacted by religious groups about the election campaign.

PublicationsNovember 3, 2010

Religion in the 2010 Elections: A Preliminary Look

A Pew Forum analysis of National Election Pool exit poll data reported by CNN shows that Republican gains among religious groups parallel the party’s broad-based gains among the overall electorate and white voters in particular.

2010 Election News BriefsOctober 28, 2010

Disputed Video Brings Religion to Forefront of Hawaii’s Gubernatorial Race