Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe |
To help provide a better understanding of how Muslim movements and networks seek to influence the views and daily lives of Muslims in Western Europe, the Pew Forum has produced profiles of some of the oldest, largest and most influential groups - from the Muslim Brotherhood to mystical Sufi orders and networks of religious scholars. Go to the full report »
|Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration in July. |
Few Americans Say Religion Shapes Immigration, Environment Views
A new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum finds that many Americans continue to say their religious beliefs have been highly influential in shaping their views about social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. But far fewer cite religion as a top influence on their opinions about several other social and political issues, including how the government should deal with immigration, the environment and poverty. Go to the full report »
Pew Forum Resources on Pope Benedict XVI |
Sept. 16 marked the beginning of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United Kingdom - only the second time a pope has visited that country in the last 500 years. Following the pope's April 2008 visit to the U.S., a Pew Forum poll found that 61% of Americans said they had a favorable impression of the pontiff, up from 52% in late March. It remains to be seen whether the pope's U.K. visit will result in a similar bounce.
Benedict's U.K. visit comes during a time of much controversy for the Vatican. Newspaper coverage of the Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal grew more intense this spring than at any time since 2002, according to a June 2010 study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum.
See also: Resource Page on Catholicism and the Pope
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the 2010 Elections |
Recent steps toward repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military, have made that a heated issue in several campaigns this election season. Go to the news brief »
|Sept. 15, 2010 - Reuters|
Low support for radicalism among European Muslims
Reuters reporter Tom Heneghan explores a new Pew Forum research study
that finds that several Islamic groups with foreign roots now focus more on conditions for Muslims in Europe than their original ideologies from countries such as Egypt and Pakistan. The report also finds that some groups are now working with local governments and encouraging more Muslims to vote.