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? This is what we’re reading this morning. Tell us what you think!
A new survey from Rice University claims that a majority of scientists say that religion and science don’t always conflict. Tea Partiers and white evangelical Protestants may disagree, however; for hot-off-the-press findings from PRRI on Americans’ views on climate change and evolution, check out our latest poll.
Troy Davis was executed last night. He maintained his innocence until the end, telling the family of Mark MacPhail, the police officer he was convicted of killing, “I did not personally kill your son, father, brother. All I can ask is that you look deeper into this case so you really can finally see the truth.” For more on Americans’ perspectives on the death penalty, see Dr. Robert P. Jones’ piece for “Figuring Faith,” or check out yesterday’s blog post.
New data shows that Millennials are suffering from the highest unemployment since World War II. Another study showed that more than 1 in 3 young families with children were living in poverty last year Perhaps this is one reason why young people are significantly more likely than older Americans to say that the wealth gap is a serious problem.
The FBI launched a comprehensive review of its training programs after receiving heavy criticism from Muslim groups and other advocates who claimed that agents were being taught to view Islam as a source of terrorism and extremism. PRRI research shows that Americans are ambivalent about whether the values of Islam are compatible with American values; for more, take a look at our recent report.
The Southern Baptist Convention is considering changing the denomination’s name, in an attempt to expand its reach outside the South. The decision may also be related to the fact that young people are increasingly voicing discontent with churches’ attitudes toward social issues like lesbian and gay rights.
Two French Muslim women were fined for wearing the niqab in public, in defiance of France’s anti-veiling law.
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