The number of countries with “high levels” of restrictions on religion due to government policies or actions of people increased in 2015, reversing a downward trend, according to a new study.
Pew Research Center
Within 20 years, the number of Muslim babies being born is expected to surpass Christian births — though there will still be more Christians in the world.
Muslims currently account for about 24 percent of the world population, compared to 31 percent for Christians, according to the Pew Research Center.
But a new Pew study found that due to higher fertility rates and a relatively young population, the share of Muslim babies being born is growing while the Christian share is declining.
The numbers: Capital punishment in the United States is on life support, hanging on in the 2 percent of counties that administer more than half of all executions.
The new executive order temporarily banning refugees from certain majority-Muslim countries, signed March 6, now excludes Iraq from the ban.
We say: Repealing the Johnson Amendment would inevitably tarnish the church by subjecting it even more to the temptation to politicize the Gospel.
Americans may pledge allegiance to “one nation under God,” but they are divided on whether religion is essential to national identity.
Nearly one-third of Americans view being a Christian as “very important” for being “truly American,” according to a Pew Research Center report on national identity in more than a dozen countries that was released Wednesday (Feb. 1). About the same number (31 percent) said it was “not at all important.”
The 115th Congress convenes: The United States Congress is about as Christian today as it was in the early 1960s, according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center.
Postelection messages from Catholic leaders: Bishops across the country are encouraging parishioners to put aside their differences and work for the common good as President-elect Donald J. Trump prepared for his Jan. 20 inauguration.
American women and hijabs: Assaults or intimidation of Muslims had been steadily rising well before the election but they became more common during the divisive campaign of President-elect Donald Trump, who called for a ban on Muslim immigrants and proposed a registry for U.S. Muslims. Now some imams across the country are saying it’s OK to take the hijab off, at least temporarily.
The Catholic vote divided as predicted, with whites favoring Trump and Latinos favoring Clinton.