April 13, 2012

[04.13.2012]

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? Have you ever wondered what your kitchen would look like if you didn’t replace any of your kitchen appliances for 50 years? Maybe a bit like this.

Just as the American Catholic bishops begin to step up the “great national campaign” to preserve religious liberty (which is, at least in part, a response to President Obama’s contraceptive mandate), two priests in Pittsburgh took the opposite tack. They chastised their local bishop for alienating women with his stance on birth control, and creating “a lot of anger” among the laity. Will lay Catholics rise up against the contraceptive mandate, or should the bishops back down? More on Catholics’ perspectives on the religious liberty debate here.

An interesting piece at the New Republic explores why “swing voters” may be a much larger category than we typically assume.

Is Christianity bad for sex? Is media coverage of religion too sensationalized? Well…yes. At least according to most Americans.

President Obama faced some significant blowback from gay rights activists after deciding not to sign an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT people by employers with federal contracts. It seems unlikely that such an executive order would incite much protest from the public. A strong majority (79%) of Americans favor employment discrimination protections for gay and lesbian people.

Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, rebuked a Democratic pundit who declared that Romney “never worked a day in her life,” sparking a debate about stay-at-home moms, lesbian moms, and the “war on women.” What do American women really think? That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it?

And finally, in Herman Cain’s new ad, we learn what happens when someone throw chickens at you from off-camera. It’s not pretty.

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