UncategorizedNovember 15, 2019

Americans Have Positive Views About Religion’s Role in Society, but Want It Out of Politics

A large majority of Americans feel that religion is losing influence in public life, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey.

PublicationsJuly 15, 2019

A Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World

Over the decade from 2007 to 2017, government restrictions on religion – laws, policies and actions by state officials that restrict religious beliefs and practices – increased markedly around the world.

PublicationsApril 30, 2019

In Western European Countries With Church Taxes, Support for the Tradition Remains Strong

Giving a share of one’s income to the church has been a part of European tradition for centuries. Today, several countries continue to collect a “church tax” on behalf of officially recognized religious organizations, in some cases levying the tax on all registered members.

PublicationsJanuary 3, 2019

Faith on the Hill

The new, 116th Congress includes the first two Muslim women ever to serve in the House of Representatives, and is, overall, slightly more religiously diverse than the prior Congress.

PublicationsJune 21, 2018

Global Uptick in Government Restrictions on Religion in 2016

Restrictions on religion increased in 2016 for the second straight year. Nationalist parties and organizations played an increasing role in harassment of religious minorities, especially in Europe.

PublicationsMay 10, 2017

Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe

Religion has reasserted itself as an important part of individual and national identity in a region that was once dominated by atheist communist regimes.

PublicationsJanuary 3, 2017

Faith on the Hill

The share of U.S. adults who describe themselves as Christians has been declining for decades, but the U.S. Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s.

UncategorizedSeptember 28, 2016

Where the Public Stands on Religious Liberty vs. Nondiscrimination

The U.S. public expresses a clear consensus on the contentious question of whether employers who have religious objections to contraception should be required to provide it in health insurance plans for their employees.

UncategorizedJune 23, 2016

Trends in Global Restrictions on Religion

PublicationsApril 5, 2016

Restrictions on Women’s Religious Attire

Many countries have laws that ban or limit women from wearing religious attire in public places. By comparison, far fewer countries require women to wear particular types of attire for religious reasons.