Religious Groups' Official Positions on Same-Sex Marriage

WEB RESOURCE In recent years, same-sex marriage has been a contentious subject within many religious groups in the U.S. Here is an overview of where 16 religious groups stand on this issue that was written in July 2010.

U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey by The Pew Forum on Religioius Life

WEB RESOURCE Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life set out to gauge what Americans know about their own faiths and about other religions. The resulting survey covered a wide range of topics, including the beliefs and practices of major religious traditions as well as the role of religion in American history and public life. Based on an analysis of answers from more than 3,400 people to 32 religious knowledge questions, this report attempts to provide a baseline measurement of how much Americans know about religion today.

Law, the U.S. Supreme Court, and Religion

WEB RESOURCE The United States Supreme Court's religion judgments are typically analyzed based on whether a court's decision emerges from an Establishment Clause analysis or a Free Exercise Clause analysis.The cases can be analyzed under at least four separate but interrelated themes: separation of church and state, cooperation between sacred and secular activities in religion-based contexts, equal treatment among religions, and the integration of religion and politics.

Public Schools and Religious Communities

WEB RESOURCE Public schools and religious institu-tions have different missions, but they share many of the same civic and moral values. Both are located in most neighborhoods, and each is committed within its own role to the well-being of children. How can they legally work together? This consensus document was developed by the First Amendment Center in collaboration with the American Jewish Congress and the Christian Legal Society.

Portrait of Jews in America

WEB RESOURCE This article from PEW Forum provides results from surveys about what being "Jewish" means to American Jews. It also links to other topics such as social and political views, and attitudes towards Israel.

Celebrating Christmas and the Holidays (Christmas), Then and Now

WEB RESOURCE This PEW Research Religion and Public Life article is a survey of how Christmas is perceived and observed by Americans. About half of Americans view the holiday as religious while a third see it as more of a cultural holiday. There are many other interesting statistics here.

God on their side? Neo-Nazis and religion

RESOURCE This article by the ReligionLink Editor adds a new perspective on the current culture wars. With the furor over Confederate statues, the parading of swastikas on the streets of Charlottesville and controversial statements about neo-Nazis from President Trump, extremist groups with racist ideologies have come under the microscope. What's there isn't pretty, especially in terms of religion. While the vast majority of religious groups, denominations and leaders have denounced race-based supremacists such as white nationalists, neo-Nazis, Klansmen and the like. Many such groups and their leaders have roots in religion, including Christianity, Islam and Judaism. And the link isn't limited to white groups; there are racially-oriented supremacist, nationalist, and separatist groups that include African Americans, Muslims, and others. This edition of ReligionLink looks at the religious ideology that motivates some racial extremist organizations.

California Constitutional Law: The Religion Clauses

California Constitutional Law: The Religion Clauses It is a good source of how interpretations of constitutional principals across California and the US have worked to respect the faith of its citizens while not enforcing the practice of that faith by all people through the practice of government neutrality.