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Pew Forum in the News

Selected news stories that cite the Pew Forum and its data.

Wash. Post: Some nonbelievers still find solace in prayer
Each morning and night, Sigfried Gold drops to his knees on the beige carpeting of his bedroom, lowers his forehead to the floor and prays to God.
Huff. Post: Ex-gay christian groups will continue after exodus as religious LGBT support grows
When Jenelle Linden, a 51-year-old therapist who lives in South Bend, Ind., heard that one of the nation's most prominent "ex-gay" organizations was shutting down, she was surprised and elated, as were many gay rights activists and members of liberal religious groups.
RNS: Study: Religious oppression rises despite Arab Spring
People who hoped the Arab Spring would lead to greater religious freedom across the Middle East have been sorely disappointed, and a new Pew study confirms that the region has grown even more repressive for various religious groups.
KSL: Mormons, atheists, Jews know the most about religion, study says
Atheists, Mormons, agnostics and Jews are among the highest-scoring groups on a survey of religious knowledge — higher than evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the "core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions," according to The Pew Forum on Public Life.
Deseret News: Survey: Gay and lesbian population has unique religious profile
When it comes to religion, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered adults have a unique profile that is less religious than the general population, and as a group, they feel religion is unfriendly toward them, a new survey found.
AP: Survey offers complex portrait of LGBT Americans
Even as they acknowledge greater acceptance by society, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are, on average, less happy than other U.S. adults, and many report instances of rejection and harassment, according to a sweeping new survey.
Reuters: Iranians mixed on having religious figures in politics: Pew poll
As Iran heads into presidential elections this week, Iranians have mixed views on political roles for religious figures but a large majority backs sharia law, according to a poll published on Tuesday.
Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Should ‘shariah’ set off alarm bells?
The North Shore News recently ran a pleasant multicultural story about a new mosque, called Ar-Rahman, opening in the Norgate neighbourhood.
AFP: Online Muslims outside the United States are more open to Western culture, Pew study finds
MUSLIMS outside the United States who use the internet are more likely to have a favorable opinion of Western popular culture than those who don't go online, the Pew Research Center said Friday.
Wash. Post: How the Internet is changing the Muslim world’s view of the West
The Internet can do many things — help mobilize massive social uprisings in the Arab Spring, raise thousands of dollars for needy girls in an online “flash mob” and drive 500 million people to watch “Charlie Bit Me.”
RNS: Want to improve Muslim attitudes? Get them online
(RNS) Want Muslims to have a better opinion of the United States? Get them on the Internet.
Economist: Change of faith
AT FIRST glance, the religion of legal American immigrants over the past 20 years appears unremarkable: the vast majority are Christian.
CNN: This Oklahoma atheist isn't thanking the Lord
Behind her were ruins, a tangled mess where structures once stood. Cradled in her arms, the mother’s 19-month-old son played with a snatched microphone, unfazed by the chaos swirling around him.
Catholic Reporter: Report on global Muslims reveals similarities with Catholicism
It’s always fascinating for me to interview those of other faith traditions and sometimes discover similarities with Catholicism. And Islam certainly has some similarities.
WBEZ 91.5: Report surveys over 38,000 Muslims worldwide on political and personal beliefs
From 2008-2012, the Pew Research Center surveyed over 38,000 Muslims around the world about their personal and political beliefs.
Atlantic: What Muslims around the world think about women's rights, in charts
We often talk about "the Islamic world," or the "Muslim community," but sometimes it takes being smacked with an enormous, amazing data dump to remind us that Muslims are actually an incredibly diverse group -- if you can call them a group -- who adhere to views that are informed by their cultural and political context as much as their religion.
USA Today: Report: Muslims back Islamic law, disagree on meaning
Devotion to Islam shapes the lives of most Muslims but their views on democracy, religious law known as sharia, and family life are varied, a new study finds.
Guardian: US Muslim opposition to suicide bombing revealed in extensive study

Muslims in the US are generally more opposed to suicide bombings than their co-religionists round the world, according to a new report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life published Tuesday.


Reuters: World wide Muslim Pew survey shows majority want sharia but disagree on what to include, survey
Large majorities in the Muslim world want the Islamic legal and moral code of sharia as the official law in their countries, but they disagree on what it includes and who should be subject to it, an extensive new survey says.
LA Times: Survey: Many Muslims want sharia, but differ on what that means
In Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries across the globe, most Muslims support making sharia, or Islamic law, the official law of the land, according to a sweeping survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.
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