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Pew Forum for Religion and Public Life

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Fascinated by the law and politics of stem cell research? Interested in exploring how public opinion on gay marriage relates to the recent Proposition 8 challenge in the federal district court in San Francisco? If you are considering  writing a seminar or independent study paper on a topic relating to religion and the law, there are a wide array of topics that fall under this heading.  The Pew Forum for Religion and Public Life, hosted by the Pew Foundation, offers a great variety of resources to supplement your legal research.

Some of the topics include the religious dimensions in bioethics, gay marriage, and public schools. The Pew Forum website offers short articles, research reports, population surveys, books, and datasets. It is a great resource for starting your research on a variety of topics in law and religion.

The death penalty page, for instance, features the official statements of various religious groups on the death penalty.  In addition, this page includes reports reconsidering the death penalty in the United States, and poll results demonstrating support for the death penalty by a majority of Americans.  Some other interesting items found on the Pew Website include surveys on discrimination against Muslims, international restrictions on the practice of religion, and the conflict between religion and evolution.