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? To all the women out there, if you were thinking about quitting coffee, think again. Turns out drinking two-three cups a day staves off depression. Researchers were careful to add that this is just an association, but the coffee-addicts of the internet ignored all cautions and embraced the findings with glee.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight. For those who are unfamiliar with the holiday, take a look at this “Rosh Hashanah etiquette guide”. And for those of you who will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah and need a good honey cake recipe, here’s the one I made last night. I haven’t tasted it yet, but it smells amazing (and mine was not concave).
Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who threw his support behind Republican Bob Turner in the NY-09 election, endorsed Barack Obama. This may help put to rest fears that Jewish voters, who are traditionally heavily Democratic, are dissatisfied with Obama. Best quote from the New York Times City Room piece: Koch, recounting a conversation with Obama about Texas Governor Rick Perry, said, “Mr. President, that’s the one guy you won’t have to worry about. Jews will never vote for anyone who doesn’t believe in evolution.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said that his church is losing supporters because atheism is “cool”. Washington Post On Faith blogger Hemant Mehta disagrees. He claims that churches should not “condemn people for their innate sexuality” if they don’t wish to lose youth. One of our recent reports shows that 69% of Millennials may be siding with Mehta - they say that churches are alienating young people by being too judgmental about gay and lesbian issues.
Michele Bachmann will speak at Liberty University this morning. Stay tuned to the PRRI blog to see how her speech differs from Rick Perry’s (if it does, in fact, differ).
Hallmark has started making job loss greeting cards. It might seem opportunistic, but given that 76% of Americans think unemployment is a critical issue facing the country, they could sell well.
And speaking of questionable marketing strategies, would you buy an $85 shirt that looks like it has a coffee stain on it? Now that’s high fashion.
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