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  • Latest Trends in Religious Restrictions and Hostilities

    • February 26, 2015

    Social hostilities toward religion declined in 2013, while government restrictions on religious beliefs and practices remained level. Harassment of Jews, however, reached a seven-year high. Read More

  • History of Clergy in Congress

    • January 5, 2015

    Seven ordained ministers hold seats in the new Congress – one more than the number in the very first U.S. Congress (1789-1791).1 But because Congress was a much smaller body in the late 18th century than it is now – there were 91 members in the first Congress, compared with 535 voting members today – […] Read More

  • Faith on the Hill

    • January 5, 2015

    More than nine-in-ten members of the newly elected 114th Congress are Christian -- a significantly higher share than is seen in the general population. However, many other major religious groups are represented in the body, including Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and the unaffiliated. Read More

  • Most Say Religious Holiday Displays on Public Property Are OK

    • December 15, 2014

    A majority of Americans believe the historical accuracy of the biblical Christmas story and also look forward to gathering with friends and family for the holidays. Read More

  • Pope Francis’ Image Positive in Much of World

    • December 11, 2014

    Pope Francis, leader of the world’s nearly 1.1 billion Catholics, enjoys broad support across much of the world: a median of 60% across 43 nations have a favorable view of him. Only 11% see the pope unfavorably, and 28% give no rating. Read More