Widespread Support For Banning Full Islamic Veil in France
On June 13, the French parliament's lower house passed a bill that would ban women from wearing burqa-style face veils in public. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project finds overwhelming support among the French public for such a measure: 82% approve of a ban on women wearing full-face veils in public places, including schools, hospitals and government offices, while 17% disapprove.
A veiled woman speaks with another woman at a courthouse in Nanterre, a suburb of Paris.
Pew Forum Resources on Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal
The Vatican has issued a revised set of guidelines for addressing alleged cases of sexual abuse within the church.
The Pew Forum has a number of publications and resources on the clergy sex abuse scandal, Catholicism and the pope, including:
- A June report on media coverage of the sexual abuse scandal
- An interactive chart showing English-language newspapers' coverage of the scandal since 2002, along with key events that prompted increases in news coverage
- An April public opinion poll on Americans' views of the pope's handling of the scandal
- A Web page of all Pew Forum resources on Catholicism and the pope, including public opinion polls, research studies, event transcripts and interviews
|July 13, 2010 - The Associated Press|
Lawmakers turn to faith leaders
reporter Christine Simmons explores the role religious leaders often play as unofficial confidants and advisers to members of Congress. She cites a 2008 Pew Forum report
that found that more than half the members of Congress are Protestant, about 30 percent are Catholic and about 8 percent are Jewish.