Foreign Policy

Closed Door Meetings in Vatican City to Address Crucial Issues Facing the Catholic Church


Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? U–S–A! U–S–A! With a final score of 5-2 over the Czech Republic, the U.S. Men’s Hockey team won the quarterfinal round at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The team now advances to the semifinals, which will be played against our […]

Young Americans vs. Seniors on “War on Christmas”


Today’s Buzz covers food stamp fraud, appropriate holiday greetings, and the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi!

Crisis in Syria, A Sign of the End Times?


The Biblical book of Isaiah has been in the news, thanks to a verse that’s leading some evangelical Christians to believe that the escalating violence in Syria is a sign of the end times. Syria and its cities are mentioned in the Bible several times, most notably the city of Damascus, where the apostle Paul converted to Christianity. Isaiah 17:1 reads, “Damascus will no longer be a city, but will […]

Republicans Divided Over Support for Torture


On Saturday night, Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman found themselves in an unlikely alliance on an important foreign policy issue: torture. Responding to Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann, both of whom expressed their support for waterboarding (which was banned by the Obama administration in 2009), both candidates emphatically declared that the practice was torture, not an “enhanced interrogation” technique. Paul decried waterboarding as “immoral” and “illegal under […]

Is it Wrong to Celebrate Moammar Gaddafi’s Death?


After a morning of uncertain and contradictory news, Libyan former dictator Moammar Gaddafi was confirmed dead.  According to Abdulrahman Busin, the military liaison to Libya’s transitional government, Gaddafi was injured and captured by revolutionaries as he attempted to escape an attack on Sirte, his home town. Spontaneous celebrations erupted in Sirte and other parts of Libya as the news of Gaddafi’s death spread.  The dictator ruled the country for 42 […]

Ten Years After 9/11, Americans Divided on Approaches to Terrorism


Where were you during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001?  According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, even if you were only eight years old when the attacks occurred, chances are you still remember where you were or what you were doing.  The report, “Ten Years after 9/11: United in Remember, Divided over Policies,” reveals an America that was profoundly […]

American Muslims Are Happy Despite Media Bias


In the wake of a new survey on Muslim-Americans from the Pew Research Center, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the congressman behind last spring’s series of hearings on the alleged radicalization of American Muslims, castigated the American Muslim community for failing to do enough to support his investigations. “I don’t know what world they’re living in,” said King, of the 41% of Muslim-Americans who questioned the “sincerity” of the U.S. effort […]

New Poll Show Faith, Golden Rule Influence White Evangelical Views on Torture


I had the privilege of presenting the findings of a poll conducted by our firm, Public Religion Research, at A National Summit on Torture: Religious Faith, Torture, and our National Soul. The poll was commissioned by Faith in Public Life and Mercer University and demonstrates the conflicted attitudes on torture among white evangelical Christians in the South. The press conference included remarks by Katie Barge of Faith in Public Life, […]