Study: Top 5 religion stories of 2010
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who led the proposal for an Islamic center near ground zero last year.
February 24th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

Study: Top 5 religion stories of 2010

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Four of the top five religion stories of 2010 - the ones that got the most ink - involved Islam, according to a major study out Thursday about faith coverage in the news.

Another headline from the study, conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life: For the first time since 2007, neither the Roman Catholic Church nor religion’s role in U.S. politics were the No. 1 topic of faith coverage among major news media.

Here are the top 5 religion stories from 2010, according to the study, which examined more than 50,000 stories from newspapers, news websites, newscasts on network and cable TV and radio programming.

1. Controversy over a proposed Islamic center near New York's ground zero (23% of coverage)

2. The abuse scandal within the Roman Catholic Church. (19% of coverage)

3. The Rev. Terry Jones' threatened Koran burning in Florida (15% of coverage)

4. Religion in the Obama administration (6% of coverage)

5. Commemorations of the September 11, 2001 attacks (5% of coverage)

What do you think? Are there any religion stories that deserved more attention in 2010 than these five?

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. a

    Remarkable issues here. I am very glad to look your post. Thank you a lot and I'm having a look forward to touch you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

    April 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  2. Mark from Middle River

    Roop – That you have tied Religion and greed together just shows that hate is easy to rationalize. That religion and faith are important parts of many Americans lives and they want it as part of society.

    Now Obama is a Christian, Biden known Christian.... But Newt because he has this "R" behind his name some how is a different Christian? Post such as yours will always be flawed because it can't get past the Christian-D as good and the Christian-R argument. That Newt got a divorce or that Newt did or did not cheat is dealing with sins. If you feel that Obama and Biden or any of us of Faith have not sinned then you do not understand Faith and Religion.

    February 28, 2011 at 11:31 am |
  3. Reality

    Simplifying the saving of 1.5 billion lost Muslim souls:
    There never was and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam.

    Simplifying the saving of 2 billion lost Christian souls:
    The was and never will be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity.

    Simplifying the saving of 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
    Abraham and Moses never existed.

    Added details upon request.

    February 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  4. tj

    god is just like santa, it's time to move on.

    February 26, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  5. MoHam

    ISLAM is the real problem. Kill Islam once and for all.
    Visit and aware 'faith freedom dot org' 'the religion of peace dot com'

    February 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      All religions are the problem because they all have the capability of getting people to do something (evil) because their imaginary sky daddy said they should/can.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • what r u talking about

      What you really want for others.... you really want for yourself

      February 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  6. Paul

    Murders and persecution of Catholic priests and other christians in Asian countries (Egypt, Iraq, India etc.)

    February 25, 2011 at 10:21 am |
    • what r u talking about

      I have only witnessed the excellent treatment/ respect of the Catholic priest and other Christians...not persecutions as you claim....Muslims live peacefully side by side with them...the way it should be...You listen to too much phony propaganda...go visit those countries and you will see for yourself.... you will take back what you claim...it has no basis sir..

      February 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  7. Pax

    Pope's successful trip to England despite protests.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  8. Reality

    The ti-tle for the next blockbuster film:

    The Great Con- The Resurrection!!!

    February 25, 2011 at 8:23 am |

      God will show you the true reality soon, wether you choose to believe or not. Go ahead, open your eyes, He's everywhere. Love is everywhere, all the time, endless. That my friend, is GOD. May God Bless you and keep you.

      February 26, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  9. Reality

    And said stories hopefully hasten the following:

    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity by the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" will converge these religions into some simple rules of life. No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  10. TheRationale

    A news story about other news story. Is this like a meta-news story? How droll.

    February 24, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  11. episcopalian

    Exposition of the Shroud of Turin, Pope' invitation to Anglicans to join Catholic Church.

    February 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  12. Layla Moustapha

    Free a last..Amr Khaled is free to speak to all, youth and old alike inEgypt without the fear of being deported... Hoorah for the REVOLUTUION. May God or Allah bless them....

    February 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • Drin

      Wrong thread, Layla. You want the one next door – "Islam's Billy Graham to address Egyptians on Friday" – oops!

      February 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
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