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Women in many countries face harassment for clothing deemed too religious – or too secular

Via PEW Research Center (Rolf Vennenbernd/DPA/AFP via Getty Images) Religious restrictions around the world often target women, who in many countries face censure because their clothing is considered too religious – or not religious enough. These restrictions frequently take the form of social harassment by individuals or groups, but also sometimes involve official government actions....

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8 key findings about Catholics and abortion

Via PEW Research Center If she is confirmed, Amy Coney Barrett will be the sixth Catholic on the U.S. Supreme Court. (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) As the Senate prepares to vote on Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, public attention has focused on her Catholic faith and, in particular, her stance...

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White Christians continue to favor Trump over Biden, but support has slipped

Via PEW Research Center President Donald Trump continues to be White Christians’ preferred candidate for the November election, but support among voters in three major traditions – White Catholics, White Protestants who are not evangelical and even White evangelical Protestants – has slipped since August, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. Democratic candidate...

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Religiously unaffiliated people more likely than those with a religion to lean left, accept homosexuality

Via PEW Research Center A man holds a sign depicting the Spanish flag and calling for nonreligious education during the 2013 Madrid Gay Pride Parade. (Gonzalo Arroyo via Getty Images)  Most people around the world identify with a religion or religious group. The rest, an estimated 16% of the global population in 2020, are religiously...

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Hispanic teens enjoy religious activities with parents, but fewer view religion as ‘very important’

Via PEW Research Center Hispanics, who make up one of the nation’s fastest growing racial and ethnic groups and are its youngest, tend to be more religious than Americans overall on several measures, such as attending worship services regularly and saying religion is very important in their lives. However, these differences aren’t as stark among younger Americans: Hispanic teenagers (ages 13 to...

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8 facts about Catholics and politics in the U.S.

Via PEW Research Center Every U.S. presidential election since 2004 has featured at least one Catholic candidate on one of the major party tickets. But if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins this November, he will be only the second Catholic ever to assume the land’s highest office – John F. Kennedy was the first...

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Half of U.S. Christians say casual sex between consenting adults is sometimes or always acceptable

Via PEW Research Center (franckreporter via Getty Images) Many Christian traditions disapprove of premarital sex. And even though Christians in the United States hold less permissive views than religiously unaffiliated Americans about dating and sex, most say it’s acceptable in at least some circumstances for consenting adults to have sex outside of marriage, according to...

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Will the coronavirus permanently convert in-person worshippers to online streamers? They don’t think so

Via PEW Research Center A Lutheran pastor speaks with parishioners before the start of online worship services conducted from the basement of her home. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images) One-third of U.S. adults have watched religious services online or on television in the past month, and a little over half of them – or 18%...

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Republicans more open to in-person worship, but most oppose religious exemptions from COVID restrictions

Via PEW Research Center Sign on a church in New York City in March. (Bill Tompkins via Getty Images) Republicans and Democrats differ in their opinions on many aspects of the coronavirus outbreak, including their levels of concern about the safety of various activities. These partisan gaps extend to views about religious practices during the...

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Amid pandemic, Black and Hispanic worshippers more concerned about safety of in-person religious services

Via PEW Research Center Congregants attend Easter Sunday services at a church in Baltimore. (Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images) Black and Hispanic adults in the United States have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak and are more likely than white Americans to be concerned about contracting the virus and unknowingly spreading it to others....

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8 facts about religion and government in the United States

Via PEW Research Center The separation of church and state has come under scrutiny again this summer after the Supreme Court sided with religious conservatives in a series of rulings. One of the rulings allows states to fund religious schools indirectly, while another protects religious schools from federal employment discrimination lawsuits. Americans have been debating...

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White evangelical approval of Trump slips, but eight-in-ten say they would vote for him

Via PEW Research Center Photo credit:(David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Amid rising coronavirus cases and widespread protests over racial injustice, President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dropped among a wide range of religious groups, including white evangelical Protestants – though they remain strongly supportive. Roughly seven-in-ten white evangelical Protestants (72%) say they approve of...

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Most Americans don’t see Democratic candidates as very religious

Via PEW Research Center Religion has been a topic of conversation during the Democratic presidential primary, and some candidates have pointed out how their religious beliefs have shaped their political positions. But Americans don’t consider the Democratic candidates to be particularly religious, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that covers four of the...