A new government report found that teen birth rates have declined substantially among Hispanic Americans over the past five years. A majority of Hispanic Americans agree that birth control should be available to teenagers age 16 and older without parental consent.
It’s curtains for the radio network founded by doomsday prophet Harold Camping, who predicted that the end of the world would happen two years ago. Although more than one-third (36%) of Americans believe that the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are in what the Bible calls the end times, they appear to be leery of putting a date and time on the apocalypse; last December, only 2% of Americans said the end of the world, as predicted by the ancient Mayans, would happen by the end of the year.
In a column for the Washington Post, Christian Piatt argues that the religiously unaffiliated shouldn’t be described as “nones.” As our recent survey shows, only about one-third of religiously unaffiliated Americans identify as atheists or agnostics, and many religiously unaffiliated Americans report that they believe in God.
American attitudes about evolution more than 200 years after Darwin’s birth and more than 150 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species remain complex.
Is sports fandom like religion? Our new survey finds that Americans say religion is significantly more important to their lives than their fan affiliation, but they are about as likely to watch sports each week as they are to attend religious services.
Harnessing the religiously unaffiliated, a fast-growing but diverse demographic, may pose a challenge for America’s secular leadership
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta removed the military’s ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions.
Disgraced former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford has announced that he will run for his old congressional seat.
Media portrayals of the religiously unaffiliated – most recently, a series for NPR’s Morning Edition – are helping to illuminate the depth and complexity of the unaffiliated, although the story is somewhat more complicated than some initial analysis suggests. Most importantly, the classification of the unaffiliated as “nones,” as well as perspectives on why more and more Americans are choosing not to affiliate, deserve a second look.
Last week, Vice President Joe Biden met with faith leaders to discuss strategies for reducing gun violence. However, as Dr. Robert P. Jones points out in a segment for CNN, there are religious groups on both sides of this issue. While majorities of Catholics and the religiously unaffiliated favor stricter gun control laws, majorities of white mainline and white evangelical Protestants are opposed.