March, 2012

In Search of Secularism: “Reason Rally” Gathers Non-Believers on the National Mall

[03.30.2012]

  by Michela Corcorran, PRRI intern Atheists, agnostics, and secular humanists alike gathered on the National Mall last weekend to celebrate secular values, and protest the influence of religion in politics. The “Reason Rally,” sponsored by many of the country’s foremost secular organizations, welcomed an estimated 20,000 people to its cause on Saturday. The rally hosted a number of prominent speakers, including prominent atheist scholar Dr. Richard Dawkins. It also […]

March 30, 2012

[03.30.2012]

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? If you have not had the opportunity to revel in Brideshead Revisited author Evelyn Waugh’s blistering prose, here’s a quick example of just how mean he could be. At least he didn’t call Joseph Heller “mentally defective,” though – that barb […]

March 29, 2012

[03.29.2012]

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 week, Mitt Romney shows us how to increase the square footage of your garage–a car elevator! Perhaps he will lend a hand in the seemingly doomed struggle for the TacoCopter. The internet is abuzz with rumors about how the Supreme Court […]

March 28, 2012

[03.28.2012]

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? Ever wondered whether your surname is more common in some parts of the country than others? Well, I hadn’t either, but this National Geographic map is still worth a click or two. If that educational endeavor doesn’t do it for you, […]

March 27, 2012

[03.27.2012]

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? C.S. Lewis fans will swoon over this magical playroom, where a wardrobe does actually lead to Narnia (well, kind of). Even though they haven’t managed to conjure up fauns or talking beavers, you’ve got to give the parents points for […]

Exploring Religious Americans’ Divided Opinions on Obamacare

[03.26.2012]

This week, the Supreme Court will be the focus of intense scrutiny as oral arguments about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare,” as even the Obama campaign now calls it) unfold. Americans lined up for hours, some camping overnight, for the opportunity to watch the arguments. A number of protesters milled around, some accompanied by a brass band. One thing is for sure: even if the Supreme […]

Thousands Rally for Religious Freedom Nationwide

[03.26.2012]

Late last week, protesters gathered across the country to rally against what they see as the growing threat to religious liberty in the United States. Foremost among their grievances was the contraception mandate in the new health care law, which requires religiously affiliated employers to provide no-cost birth control to their employees through their insurance plans. In a piece for NPR, however, I explained that these rallies are not representative […]

March 26, 2012

[03.26.2012]

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? I thought I’d seen it all when I visited Denmark’s potato museum, but a restaurant in Cornwall has topped even that. The enterprising proprietors saved the food that was nearly ingested by the cafe’s famous patrons, and put the leftovers […]

March 23, 2012

[03.23.2012]

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? When was the last time you bought something from a vending machine? Some entrepreneurs are trying to save the beleaguered cultural icon by filling it with more unusual products like prescription drugs or live bait. And let’s not forget the […]

Are Politicians Talking too Much about Religion?

[03.22.2012]

According to a new Pew Research Center survey, 38% of Americans believe that there is too much expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders, compared to 30% who say there has been too little and 25% who say that there has been the right amount. Since Pew asked the question in 2001, there has been a 26-point increase in the percentage of people who believe there is too much expression […]

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