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Surprising Number Of Americans Still Don't Believe In Evolution

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

One in three Americans doesn't believe in evolution, according to new survey results from the Pew Research Center. The results, released Monday in ...

Notable Shifts In Social Issues That Happened In 2013

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) The year 2013 ushered in a number of data milestones in American public opinion. Here is a sampling reported by the Pew Research Center: Same...

Christian Tolerance: American Evangelists and the Right of Free Speech

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Steven Kurlander

In 2013, we have reached a point in our national dialogue where basically anyone who knows how to tweet can sound off without discretion. Sadly, individuals like Robertson, once nobodies and certainly nothing more than reality-show celebrities, now take center stage in American life.

The Case For Dating Shiksas: Why One Gay Jewish Woman Dates Outside of the Tribe

J.E. Reich | Posted 02.25.2014 | Gay Voices
J.E. Reich

No matter which way you put it on paper, it is related to the same course of logic that was used fifty years ago to ban interracial dating. The rhetoric of "stick to your own kind" vis-a-vis Jewish dating isn't exactly bigotry, but it isn't quite not.

Jaweed Kaleem

Surprising Number Of Americans Celebrate Christmas But Don't Believe In It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.18.2013 | Religion

As the center of the biggest commercial season in the U.S., it's no surprise that a majority of Americans -- Christian or not -- observe Christmas. ...

White Men and Their Guns

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions in our national gun control debate. The issue is not whether we should have gun control laws in this country -- or what they should be.

Swarthmore College and the Need for Jewish Unity

Aryeh Younger | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Aryeh Younger

Freedom of speech, however, is an essential belief to most Americans, Jewish or not. The very thought of political censorship is enough to turn certain people away from Hillel -- and perhaps even from religion entirely.

Millennial Women Are Closing The Wage Gap (For Now)

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.11.2013 | Women

We are almost there, but not quite. That is the conclusion of a new report about Gender and the Workplace released today by the Pew Research Cente...

Pew Study's Portrait of Jewish Americans Paints Troubling Landscape

Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D.

We live in a hyper-changing present, saturated with expanding choices that clamor for immediate attention. For how long will Jews continue to be passionate about social justice, morality and ethics without the reinforcement of ritual?

Burgundy, Blockbuster and Broadcast News

Jim Monroe | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media
Jim Monroe

The people who make the programming are distributing more directly to the people who watch it, and cutting out a middleman. And with diminishing audiences for live, prime time shows, local news ratings have plunged. What's a station to do?

12 Facts About American Attitudes Towards Death

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 11.21.2013 | Religion

Pew Research Center's new report, "Americans' Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatment," explores the individual preferences and choices that surround t...

Fox News Cared Way More About Obamacare Than Typhoon Haiyan

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 11.20.2013 | Media

It appears that cable news networks have very different ideas about what topics are most important for their viewers. If you've been following the ...

Study Reveals Issue That Many Muslims Are Worried About

Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion

Sectarian tensions occupy the minds of many Muslims living in Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Pew Research Center polls conducted in 2011-2012 report ...

Obama's Approval Rating Drops On Economy, Immigration

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama's approval rating has continued to drop during his second term, according to a Pew Research survey released Friday. The poll...

Why I Don't Read Digital Books to My Kids

Cate Pane | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Cate Pane

I have a box filled with favorite books read to my boys when they were quite young. Many of them have "dog-eared" pages, finger prints, little tears. Just touching them brings back innumerable memories of hours spent with each of them on my lap as I read these books.

A Pew Study vs. My Love Life

Laurie Davis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Laurie Davis

When I began online dating in 2001, it was so taboo I couldn't even tell my BFF. One time my secret slipped out and she lectured me about how I could be raped in a back alley (...of the suburbs). Needless to say, being an early adopter at 19 posed a lot of problems.

How to Save American Judaism

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The essential nature of Reform is visionary change to meet the needs of modern American Jews. A call for rabbis to officiate at interfaith weddings might not be politically smart. But it would fulfill the spiritual mission and catalyze the growth of liberal Judaism in this century.

Call Parents 'Mom' or 'Dad.' Period.

Laura Stepp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Laura Stepp

It's time to get rid of phrases such as, "stay-at-home dad" and "working mother." As gender roles have expanded, these expressions, and the ideas behind them, confine, more than define, the complex lives of today's parents. The words mom and dad -- or variations thereof -- are all we need.

Facebook Users Consider Site A Source Of News

AP | By DAVID BAUDER | Posted 12.24.2013 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — Most people don't log on to Facebook to find out the news. But it's an important news source anyway, even if incidentally, a study r...

4 Things to Do About Pew Survey Findings on #JewishAmerica

Jerry Silverman | Posted 12.24.2013 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

If we go by numbers alone, the non-Orthodox American Jewish community is facing an existential crisis. The study clearly demonstrates that we stand at an urgent crossroads for American Jewry, and presents us with a major opportunity.

Pew Survey: Why Men Fail at Online Dating

Damona Hoffman | Posted 12.22.2013 | Technology
Damona Hoffman

"Hey Giiiirllll, you look good," may work in the club, but in the land of online dating such mindless messages fall upon deaf ears, making their way right to the trash folder.

10 Things You Should Know About The Transforming Global Religious Landscape

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.24.2013 | Religion

The Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life conducted a comprehensive demographic study of over 230 countries and territories in 2012, a...

HealthCare.gov Has 'Bumpy Launch,' But Many Find Obamacare Site Usable

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

Americans' first impression of the new online health insurance exchanges is "a bumpy launch," according to a Pew Research poll released Monday, the sa...

Tea Party's Popularity Reaches New Low, Poll Finds

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

Unfavorable views of the tea party have nearly doubled over the past two years, making the conservative movement more unpopular than ever, a Pew Resea...

Internet Is Now Main News Source For Young Americans

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 10.16.2013 | Media

Old habits die hard, and a new study is now revealing that older Americans who are holding tight onto television and print in order to consume their n...