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Fifty-seven nations have blasphemy laws. Reactions to them vary widely from country to country such as this European protest denouncing Pakistan's blasphemy laws. // Creative Commons image by Mtaylor848

Blasphemy laws common yet put to different uses

The shared concern about the need to limit rights to maintain public order and public morals is interpreted differently from one country to another, with […]

Approximately 82,693 mosques rest on Turkish soil, including the Ortakoy Mosque pictured here. Of Turkish provinces, Istanbul has the most with 3,113 and is funding an international expansion of mosques. Creative Commons image by Dan Nevill

Turkey’s new ‘mosque diplomacy?’

A state sponsored program to build mosques in foreign countries has emerged as a foreign policy instrument for Turkey and a way to assert a […]

Religious groups have become some of the staunchest supporters of tighter gun control laws. Creative Commons image by Michael Saechang

Gun control moves on to mainline, ecumenical agendas

Mainline Protestants and other ecumenical religious groups are using a range of strategies to fight for gun control, writes David A. Graham in The Atlantic […]

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Dig in Deeper: Religion Watch Current Research

Current Research: April 2015

01: There is a small but potentially significant increase in the strengthening of Catholic affiliation and a stabilization of the retention rate in the church, according to an analysis of the 2014 General Social Survey. In a post on the blog of Center for Research on the Apostolate (CARA), Mark Gray finds that when asked […]

Current Research: March 2015

01: The growth of the non-affiliated (or “nones”) continues unabated among incoming American college students, and it may be diminishing the importance of spirituality among such young adults, according to the American Freshman, an annual study  conducted by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute. The study, which has consistently asked incoming students their religious affiliation, surveyed 153,015 students […]

Current Research: February 2015

01: The conflict between religion and science in the U.S. is often portrayed as being between conservative believers and secular Americans but a recent study finds that a “post-secular” camp who tend to view both science and religion favorably. The study, conducted by Timothy L. O’Brien and Shiri Noy and published in the American Sociological […]