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Politics divides American views of Muslims and Islam

Politics divides American views of Muslims, Islam and extremists

Republicans and Democrats divide sharply over views on Islam, Muslims and how a U.S. president should label violent extremists.

       
Muslim American involvement in terrorism rose, but threat exaggerated

Muslim Americans involved in terrorism up, but threat exaggerated

The number of Muslim Americans involved in terrorism cases “rose dramatically” in 2015, but the overall threat they posed to public safety has been exaggerated, says the author of a new terrorism study.

       
Protestant pastors undecided about presidential pick

Protestant pastors undecided about presidential pick

“Undecided” is by far the most popular presidential choice of America’s Protestant pastors, according to a telephone survey of 1,000 senior pastors from LifeWay Research.

       
Voters warm to candidates who are not religious

Voters warm to candidates who are not religious

On the growing list of ways the “outsiders” election of 2016 is upsetting conventional political wisdom, here’s a new entry: A contender’s lack of strong faith is not the deal breaker it once was for voters, according to a new survey.

       
RNC disinvites debate moderator after Trump takedown

RNC disinvites debate moderator after Trump takedown

Contributors to an online symposium on why conservatives shouldn’t support Donald Trump included SBC agency head Russell Moore. From BNG

       
Religious groups challenge contraceptive mandate in Supreme Court brief

Religious groups challenge contraceptive mandate in Supreme Court brief

Several religious nonprofits, including GuideStone Financial Resources, claim Obamacare violates their religious liberty. From BNG

       
Americans prize religious freedom for Christians

Americans prize religion freedom for Christians, less for Muslims

Eight in 10 Americans say it’s very or extremely important for people like themselves to be allowed to practice their religion freely. But support for religious freedom plummeted when people were asked about other traditions,  a new survey revealed. From RNS

       
Religion reporters name top stories

Religion reporters name same-sex marriage top story of year

The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage made the top slot in the Religion Newswriters Association’s annual ranking of the 10 most important religion news stories of the year.

       
Americans fear terrorism

Americans fear terrorism, mass shootings—and often Muslims

Terrorism and mass shootings trouble an overwhelming number of Americans today, and the religious identity of the killers influences how they are viewed.

       
Commission ISIS genocide

Commission calls on U.S. government to designate ISIS atrocities ‘genocide’

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom urged the government to designate religious minorities in Iraq and Syria as “victims of genocide” by ISIS.

       
NAE and LifeWay Research define evangelical beliefs

NAE and LifeWay Research define evangelical beliefs

The National Association of Evangelicals and LifeWay Research have developed an accurate and consistent definition of “evangelicals” for researchers attempting to measure evangelical belief.

       
Bread for the World puts price tag on hunger

Bread for the World puts price tag on hunger: $160 billion in health care

Widespread hunger and food insecurity in the United States add $160 billion to national health care spending, a Christian advocacy group reports.

       
Supreme Court will wade back into abortion debate

Supreme Court will wade back into abortion debate

The Supreme Court agreed to re-enter the national debate over abortion by deciding whether stronger restrictions placed on abortion clinics and doctors in Texas constitute an “undue burden” on women seeking legal abortions and should be struck down.

       

Americans fret about Islam, immigrants & race

Americans of all faiths and viewpoints are gloomy about the economy, anxious about Islam, bothered by immigrants and mistrustful across racial lines, a new survey finds.

       
Supreme Court to hear religious challenge to Obamacare

Supreme Court to hear religious challenge to Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Nov. 6 to hear appeals from religious nonprofits—including East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University and the Southern Baptist Convention’s insurance provider—challenging required coverage of contraceptives under Obamacare, including drugs they believe cause abortions.

       
 
 
 
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