September 21, 2011

[09.21.2011]

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?

A coalition of religious groups are lobbying Republican members of the Congressional super committee to raise taxes on the wealthy.  For more on whether Americans believe that capitalism and Christian values are compatible, check out this PRRI survey from April.

If you missed Dr. Robert P. Jones’ fascinating piece on the double standard on religious violence at “Figuring Faith”, never fear – it’s now online at the Huffington Post.

The Virginia Board of Health approved far-reaching regulations on abortion clinics last week that could shut down many of the state’s 22 facilities.  These changes are among the strictest in the nation.  A recent survey conducted by PRRI found that American attitudes on abortion are complex – for more detailed information about what Americans think about whether abortion should be accessible, or if it is moral, take a look at this PRRI report.

A typhoon is bearing down on Japan, and could bring landslides and flash flooding to the area of the country hit by the tsunami in March.  Do Americans think natural disasters are a sign from God?  And how did they react in the wake of the events in Japan last March?  PRRI has answers here.

And in an act of utter brilliance, a few hotels have started letting guests play with and walk dogs dubbed members of their “staff”.  Who wouldn’t want to have a puppy for an afternoon?  The only difficulty would be giving the dog back at the end of the day.

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