Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers? It was a busy weekend, so we spent some extra time combing the internet for your Monday links, even though the real morning buzz around here was Netflix’s new “solution” to its DVD/streaming problem. What on earth, Netflix? How does that solve anyone’s problems?
Parisian Muslims, frustrated by France’s new ban on praying in the streets, moved into a disused fire brigade barracks in the northern part of the city for Friday prayers. What do Americans think about public displays of Muslim piety? Find out here.
Late last week, Arab-American and Muslim groups criticized the FBI’s use of training materials that suggested that Muhammad was a “cult leader,” implying that Muslims’ religious devotion indicated a greater propensity toward violence. For more about the double standard on religious violence committed by Christians and Muslims, check out this PRRI report.
The first large-scale public event by Park51, the controversial planned Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, will open Wednesday. It’s an art exhibit with photographs of children from 159 different countries who now live in New York City. To learn more about Americans’ comfort with the idea of having a mosque built near their home, take a gander at PRRI’s data.
The Georgia Board of Pardons & Paroles met Monday morning to discuss whether to grant clemency to Troy Davis, the death row inmate who claims that he’s innocent of the killing of an off-duty police officer. If you haven’t checked out Dr. Robert P. Jones’ latest “Figuring Faith” column on Americans’ perspectives on the death penalty and abortion, read it here.
Texas Governor Rick Perry will hold a kosher fundraising dinner for Jewish supporters in New York City this week. For PRRI’s take on the controversy over Jewish voters and the NY-09 election, take a look at our blog post from last week.
And just something that’s worth reading: a fascinating op-ed in the Wall Street Journal from RNS writer David Gibson about Pope Benedict XVI’s perspective on “cradle Catholics” vs. Catholic converts. What do you think?
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