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Robert P. Jones

Robert P. Jones is an author at Religion News Service.

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Taking the white Christian nationalist symbols at the Capitol riot seriously

January 7, 2021

(RNS) — The attack exposed the comfortable juxtaposition of Christianity and white supremacy.

For white Christians, racial justice starts with telling the truth

July 28, 2020

(RNS) — Perhaps the biggest obstacle to white Christians’ full participation in the movement for racial equality is an unshakable commitment to our own innocence.

Do You Believe? Americans Less Likely to Believe in Historical Accuracy of Christmas Story Than a Decade Ago

December 17, 2013

My latest column for Huffington Post Religion explores the findings of PRRI’s latest survey, conducted in partnership with Religion News Service and released just this morning, on the drop in the number of Americans who believe the Bible’s Christmas story is historically accurate.

Across Religious and Party Lines, Steady Support for Path to Citizenship

November 25, 2013

Despite the ups and downs of the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, public support for a path to citizenship for immigrants currently living in the United States illegally has remained steady throughout 2013.

PRRI CEO Robert Jones Takes to the Airwaves to Unpack Relationship between Libertarians, Tea Party

November 5, 2013

I recently appeared on State of Belief radio to discuss the findings of PRRI’s 2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America, with host Rev. Welton Gaddy. He had some great questions for me, including a particularly interesting one about the differences in composition between libertarians and those who identify with the Tea Party movement.

Most Republicans, Evangelicals Support ENDA

November 5, 2013

With seven Republican senators and all 55 Democratic senators publicly on board, it now seems likely that the Senate will debate and vote this week on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Figuring Faith | Why GOP Opposition to Obamacare Will Hurt Hispanic Outreach

October 4, 2013

In this week’s Figuring Faith, my blog at the Washington Post, I examine how GOP efforts to excise funding for the 2010 Affordable Care Act from the federal budget may affect the party’s long-term success with reaching the growing number of Hispanic voters in the United States.

Our Corner | Is King’s Dream Still Alive?

August 26, 2013

In my latest for the Washington Post, I explore race relations in America 50 years following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech.

Figuring Faith | Six Challenges for Organizing a Progressive Religious Movement

August 2, 2013

In my latest column for Figuring Faith, my blog at the Washington Post, I explore the obstacles currently facing an organized progressive religious movement.

Figuring Faith | After DOMA, the Fading Future of Religious Opposition to Same-sex Marriage

June 27, 2013

The Supreme Court delivered two landmark decisions affecting same-sex marriage in the United States yesterday, one expanding the federal definition of marriage and the other allowing California to once again wed gay and lesbian couples.

Figuring Faith | Mark Sanford’s Political Redemption

May 9, 2013

When he left office two years ago, it seemed unlikely that Mark Sanford’s future would hold another successful bid for elected office. Since 2009, when the former governor of South Carolina was caught in a sensational lie about his marital infidelity, Sanford’s political death has been all but sealed. In this week’s “Figuring Faith,” I explore data on Americans’ […]

Our Corner | Christians Divided on Morality, Legalization of Marijuana Use

May 6, 2013

In a new column for Religion & Politics, I sketch the generational differences that divided Christians on the morality and legalization of marijuana use.

Figuring Faith | Will the Boston Bombing Change American Attitudes About Muslims and Immigration Reform?

April 25, 2013

In this week’s column for Figuring Faith, Dr. Robert P. Jones examines the data on Americans’ attitudes toward Muslims and immigration reform.

Figuring Faith | Sen. Portman and the “Friends and Family” Effect on Same-Sex Marriage

March 18, 2013

Late last week, GOP Sen. Rob Portman shocked commentators and fellow politicians by reversing his position on same-sex marriage, saying that his decision was inspired by his son, who is gay. In his latest for “Figuring Faith,” Dr. Robert P. Jones shows…

Our Corner | Don’t Write Off Mainline Protestants

February 26, 2013

In an interview with Duke University’s “Faith & Leadership,” I spoke about trends in religious research that will become increasingly important, including growing numbers of interreligious families and the rise of the religiously unaffiliated.

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