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SURVEY: Majority Supports Contraception Insurance Mandate

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion

(RNS) More than six in 10 Americans say publicly held corporations should be required to provide employees with health insurance plans that include no...

Phone Versus Online Honesty

Martin Marty | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School. "What fres...

Hispanic Catholic Trends

Martin Marty | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Many Catholics are looking for and hoping for the "Pope Francis Effect" to have its effect on attendance at mass and other Catholic parish activities. To date this effect has failed to materialize.

Jaweed Kaleem

Study Finds Americans Exaggerate How Much They Go To Church

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

Despite gains in the number of Americans who identify as atheist, agnostic or having "no religion" at all, it's well known that the nation is largely ...

Shocking Number Of Americans Believe AIDS Could Be Punishment From God

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion

All signs point to the fact that, on the whole, the U.S. is moving toward a much more tolerant stance on same-sex marriage and LGBT issues, in general...

Americans More Sympathetic Than Ever To LGBT Causes

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans’ attitudes toward the lives and choices of gays and lesbians have changed radically since Massachusetts first legalized s...

Anti-Gay Policies Are Driving Huge Numbers Of Millennials From Church

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion

It's widely accepted that young people tend to be less religious than their elders. While recent surveys have revealed that one-in-five adults in Ame...

Who Would God Discriminate Against?

Rachel Laser | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
Rachel Laser

Many faith groups feel comfortable supporting ENDA because it has a broad religious exemption. Specifically, ENDA has a religious exemption that is wider in scope than that of Title VII or the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is thought to be one of the broadest religious exemptions in federal law.

Rise Of The Latino Nones

Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion

Hispanics living in the United States are now increasingly evangelical Protestants or religiously unaffiliated as the number of Catholics among them d...

The Latino Vote, Or Things The Republicans Just Aren't Getting

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Reckoned to be about 17 percent of the nation's population, this group gave seven-tenths of its vote to Barack Obama on Election Day last November. This has caused, understandably, considerable consternation for the current GOP.

Who Are the Nones and Why Did They Vote for Obama?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

By early summer of 2012, many of us Faith and Values pundits were nervously asking an important and troubling question: Why were the Obama and Romney campaigns spending so little time and effort discussing God and religion on the campaign trail?

Mitt Romney: Cliff Slayer

Richard V. Reeves | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Richard V. Reeves

The ideal candidate for this role will already be a national figure, who will not seek elected office again. Somebody anxious to win a place on the pantheon of statesmen. Who needs, perhaps, to do something bold and surprising to prevent their name sliding into the footnotes of history.

Jaweed Kaleem

Catholic Vote Is Sharply Divided, Says New Survey

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion

A new national survey of likely voters shows a sharp contrast among Catholics, the nation's largest religious group and one with significant membershi...

Will 2012 Be The Year Of The Atheist?

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 02.29.2012 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

If religious folks need a selfish reason to accept their atheist neighbors, consider this: it may not be too long before the shoe is on the other foot and the religious minority will be the ones hoping for a place at the social table.

The American Double Standard on Religious Violence

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Are those who carry out acts of violence in the name of a religion true followers of that religion, or not?

The Millennial Generation And The Future Of Muslims In America

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 11.08.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Ten years from now, as the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, American Muslims could occupy a very different place in the American consciousness.

Poll: Americans Are Tolerant Of Other Faiths, Except Islam

Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of society, but fall short in their tol...

Understanding Rick Perry's Texas Two-Step on Evolution

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Perry's two-step highlights the potential difficulty the issue of evolution presents for Perry and the rest of the GOP candidates.

Jaweed Kaleem

Gay Marriage And Religion Go Hand-In-Hand Among Many Young Americans, According To Survey

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion

Conventional wisdom may suggest that religious groups generally oppose same-sex marriage and legal rights for gay Americans, but a new survey released...

Why Religion Will Matter In 2012

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 10.10.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

The 2012 presidential election is more than 15 months away, but Republican presidential hopefuls are already simultaneously burnishing their religious credentials and trying to address potentially problematic religious connections.

Obama And Romney's Faith Perception Problem

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 10.03.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

While President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney may have different religious backgrounds, they share a surprisingly similar religious dilemma.

Abortion Survey Reveals Deeply Conflicted Views

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 08.09.2011 | Religion

NEW YORK — Americans, regardless of generation, are deeply conflicted as they wrestle with the legality and morality of abortion, with large num...

Bin Laden's Death: When Bad Things Happen To Bad People

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

The new PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll finds broad, and perhaps surprising, majority agreement among Americans. Just how bad do Americans think bin Laden is?

The New Majority In The Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

We now have no less than four reputable national public opinion surveys in three months showing a slim majority of Americans now support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

American Mythology In A Post-Bin Laden World

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

In President Obama's announcement of bin Laden's death, he talked passionately of an America that was simultaneously "relentless in defense of our citizens" and "true to the values that make us who we are."