There’s no question: Americans are committed, at least in theory, to principles of religious freedom, religious tolerance, and separation of church and state. But putting those ideals into practice is a tricky enterprise, especially as more Americans are required to wrestle with the realities of living and working alongside people with a wide range of religious, ethnic and political backgrounds. A new report, written jointly by the Public Religion Research… more
If you didn’t get a chance to tune in on C-SPAN for this morning’s panel discussion, launching the Public Religion Research Institute’s new survey and report, “What it Means to Be American: Attitudes in an Increasingly Diverse America Ten Years After 9/11,” then this is your lucky day. A video of the event is available on C-SPAN’s website for you to watch at your leisure. The report is, naturally, available… more
Here’s a new video from a March lecture that I gave at Duke University about our findings American attitudes towards Muslims and Islam. Many thanks to Duke Student Affairs and particularly to Imam Abdullah Antepli, who was such a wonderful host. Look at my PowerPoint presentation from Duke here: Fear, Fairness, and Fox News: Forces shaping how the public thinks about Islam and American Muslims View more presentations from Public Religion… more
The results from the February PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey released last week have been popping up in newspapers and on blogs across the country. The survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, reveals three powerful forces shaping how the public thinks about these hearings and American Muslims: fear, fairness, and Fox News. Click the links below to see what the media is saying about… more
In Religion Dispatches today Kathryn Joyce addresses the possibility of a political partnership between conservative Christian denominations and the Mormon church. Glenn Beck’s efforts to transform himself from Fox News demagogue into a religious leader for Tea Party America has a lot of commentators discussing the feasibility of a Mormon convert leading a wary evangelical and Catholic right in a faith-driven cause. While there are significant roadblocks hindering Beck’s quest… more
The Public Religion Research Institute team announced yesterday a unique new product in partnership with Religion News Service–the PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll. Each month, in partnership with RSN, PRRI will be conducting a national poll on current news related to the role of religion in public life. Released today, our inaugural PRRI/RNS Religion News Poll focuses on how Americans view Fox news host Glenn Beck in the wake of his… more
As the debate over building a Muslim community center and mosque in lower Manhattan rages on, new research from Public Religion Research Institute shows that a majority of Americans (56%) say that the former site of the World Trade Center is ‘sacred ground,’ and 57% are opposed to allowing the proposed Islamic community center and mosque to be built two blocks away. However, three-in-four (76%) Americans—including majorities of religious groups across the spectrum—say they would support the building of a mosque in their own local community.
Note: The complete version of this article can be found my “Dispatches from the Beltway” column at ReligionDispatches.org. The release of the massive American Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life this week provides a new window into an old question that has preoccupied sociologists for more than a century: Can religious traditions, with their particularity and ancient roots, survive amidst the pluralism of the… more