New Resource: Profiles of 11 Key Primary States
redesigned Religion & Politics '08 offers a new resource heading into the presidential
primary season: profiles of 11 key states, including Iowa,
New Hampshire and South Carolina. These profiles offer comprehensive
background information on the intersection of religion and politics in each
state, including religious demographics, analyses of religion's influence on
past elections, previous election results, lists of state religious organizations and more.
Go to the new Religion & Politics '08
South Korea Election Underscores Growing Influence of
leader of one of South Korea's
largest megachurches is favored to win the country's presidential
election on Dec. 19. A new Pew Forum analysis examines the growing influence of
Christianity in a country that as recently as
1960 had fewer than a million Christians.
Read the analysis
the 'Christmas Wars'
as the holiday season gets underway, debates break out over the appropriateness
of religious displays in public spaces, such as crèches and menorahs placed in
town halls. But the "Christmas wars" are only a small part of a much
larger debate concerning the proper place of religion in public life, a debate
that began at the nation's founding. The Pew Forum has assembled a variety of
resources to put this debate in its historical and legal contexts.
Go to the resource page
Dec. 7 - The Economist
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Can a Mormon Be
The Economist is
one of several media outlets to cite a recent Pew Forum survey in its coverage
of Mitt Romney's "Faith in America"
|Dec. 13 - The Telegraph
Mike Huckabee Apologizes for Mormon 'Smear'
Mike Huckabee apologized to Mitt Romney for suggesting that the former Massachusetts governor
and his fellow Mormons believe that "Jesus and the devil are brothers".
|Dec. 12 - Religion News Service
Evangelicals Say One Clinton White House Was More than Enough
Evangelicals - especially
women - are finding much to dislike in Hillary Clinton, including her support of
abortion rights, her takes-a-village approach to child rearing and her liberal
|Dec. 12 - Los Angeles Times
Rally to Huckabee
Mike Huckabee is drawing on the volunteer efforts of a tight network of Christian
home-schooling families who view the campaign as a civic and educational duty.
|Dec. 11 - Los Angeles Times
Are Told to Surrender Their Weapons
Illustrating the religious and cultural conservatism that has
taken hold since Saddam Hussein's ouster, the Iraqi government has
ordered all policewomen to hand in their guns for redistribution to men.
|Dec. 11 - Religion
Pope Says Abortion,
Gay Marriage Are 'Obstacles' to World Peace
Nuclear arms proliferation, environmental pollution and
economic inequality are threats to world peace - but so are abortion, birth
control and same-sex marriage, Pope Benedict XVI said in a recent statement.
|Dec. 11 - Stateline.org
N.J. Latest to Try
Death Penalty Repeal
New Jersey lawmakers are speeding ahead on a plan to make the
Garden State the first in the nation to repeal the death penalty since it was
reinstated more than 30 years ago.
|Dec. 10 - BBC News
Dawkins: I'm a
Scientist Richard Dawkins, a prominent atheist, has described
himself as a "cultural Christian" who does not want to "purge" Great
Britain of its Christian heritage.
|Dec. 9 - The New York Times
In One Village, Making
a Balanced Display for Two Celebrations
In creating this year's holiday display, a New York village struck a delicate balance
between the wishes of its two major faith groups.
|Dec. 7 - The Boston
Biologist Fired for
Beliefs, Suit Says
The battle between science and creationism has reached the prestigious Woods
Hole Oceanographic Institution, where a former researcher is claiming he was
fired because he doesn't believe in evolution.
Dec. 7 - Religion News Service
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Capitol Prayers Come Under Scrutiny
A dispute over prayers in the Pa. Senate illustrates the continuing unease around civic
prayer in a society still mostly Christian but increasingly aware of minority