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. Go to the analysis »
See also: Faith on the Hill: 2008
Federal Court Rules Cross on Public Land in California Is Unconstitutional
On Jan. 4, a federal appeals court in California ruled that a 43-foot cross on a public war memorial in San Diego amounted to "government endorsement of religion" and thus violated the U.S. Constitution. In spite of the ruling, the cross (which is part of the Mt. Soledad Veteran's Memorial) will not immediately be removed. Instead, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has sent the case back to a lower federal court, which has been charged with determining whether the war memorial can be modified so that it is no longer unconstitutional.
The Forum has a number of resources on religious displays, including:
American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
The Pew Forum recently held a press luncheon with political science professors David Campbell and John Green on the topic of how religion both divides and unites Americans. Go to the event transcript »
See also: a video excerpt from the event.
Jan. 5, 2011 - The Huffington Post
Faith on the Hill: Religious makeup of the new Congress looks like the old
The Huffington Post covers a new Pew Forum analysis of the religious composition of the 112th Congress. Among other findings, the report shows that the greatest difference between the religious makeup of Congress and the general public is in the percentage of the unaffiliated - those who describe themselves as atheist, agnostic or "nothing in particular." Only six members of the 112th Congress (about 1%) do not specify a religious affiliation. By contrast, about one-sixth (16%) of U.S. adults are not affiliated with a particular faith.
Read more Pew Forum in the News articles »