Special Report: Reconsidering the Death Penalty
Court is preparing to hear arguments on Jan. 7 in Baze
v. Rees, a case that challenges the
constitutionality of lethal injection as currently administered by the federal government and 36 states. In the past week, New Jersey became the
first state to abolish the death penalty since 1976, and the United Nations passed a
resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions. A Pew Forum Special
Report examines the current status of capital punishment in America,
analyzes the arguments before the high court and looks at 50 years of public opinion on the issue.
View the full report on the death penalty issue page
Science in America: Religious Belief and
of public opinion shows that when scientific evidence and long-held religious
beliefs come into direct conflict, many Americans reject science.
Read the analysis
No Weekly Update Until Next Year
Weekly Update is taking a vacation for the holidays. The next update will be on
|Dec. 17 - The Christian Science Monitor
Latin America's New Gospel
Pew Forum Director Luis Lugo says
pentecostals are bringing the "fiesta spirit" to rollicking church services
across Latin America.
Dec. 17 - The Wall Street Journal
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Renewed Fervor of Evangelicals
The Wall Street Journal
cites Pew Forum data and turns to Senior Fellow John
Green to explain how Mike Huckabee might influence the election among evangelicals.
|Dec. 19 - Los Angeles Times
U.N. Adopts Death
The U.N. has adopted a moratorium on the death penalty, overcoming
opposition from the United States,
China, Iran and others.
Dec. 19 - Religion News Service
Black Churches Struggle Over Clinton vs. Obama
In South Carolina's black
churches, a polite but intense political rivalry is playing out between Clinton
and Obama supporters - sometimes under the same roof.
|Dec. 18 - Religion
Policy Prompts Questions of Israeli Identity
A challenge to Israeli land-use policies has sparked a debate
over whether Israel
"is the state of the Jewish people or a state of all its citizens."
|Dec. 18 - The Wall Street Journal
Putin and Orthodox
Church Cement Power in Russia
The Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church have forged an
intimate alliance that is at odds with Western-style liberal democracy.
|Dec. 18 - USA Today
Lower on Agenda in 2008 Race
There are signs that family values have lost their punch as a
|Dec. 18 -
Deseret Morning News
Hispanic Cleric Criticizes
Romney's Stance on Illegals
A Hispanic evangelical leader says Mitt Romney's hard-line
stance on illegal immigration will make it harder for Republican candidates to
court Latino voters.
|Dec. 18 - The Times of London
Pilgrimage to Mecca
In a sign of warming relations between Iran and its neighbors, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has become the first Iranian president to perform the
|Dec. 17 - Newsweek
Q&A: 'This Is
Who Mike Huckabee Is'
The Iowa front-runner tries to explain what his
campaign meant when it labeled him a "Christian leader" in a television ad.
Dec. 17 - Chicago
Reach Out to Help Prevent Foreclosures
Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) recently launched Foreclosure Sunday, an initiative
to get churches involved in the effort to solve the problem of mortgage
Dec. 17 - The Washington Post
Synthetic DNA on
the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms
Scientists are poised to cross a dramatic bioethical barrier:
the creation of life forms driven by completely artificial DNA.
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