Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data.
Turns out, the “war on women” is not a buzz word that was coined recently.
Two leading anti-abortion groups endorsed Mitt Romney. Considering that 80% of white evangelicals say that “pro-life” describes them well, this may give Romney some credibility among this important conservative constituency.
Will President Obama run a positive campaign this election cycle? It may prove to be a more difficult proposition than it was in 2008.
The Tennessee legislature (which has been busy lately) approved an update to the state’s abstinence-only sex education bill that would define kissing and holding hands as “gateway sexual activities.” Nearly 8-in-10 (78%) Americans support comprehensive sex education.
The “Buffett Rule” heads for a Senate vote on Monday and to an undetermined fate. Yet even as its passage remains uncertain, it is viewed very favorably among the general public. Seven-in-ten Americans say they favor raising the tax rate on America’s wealthiest citizens.