Mark A. Smith is professor of Political Science and an adjunct professor of Comparative Religion and Communication at the University of Washington. His research focuses on economic and religious groups, ideas, and influences in American politics. In his new book, Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics, Dr. Smith argues that religion is not nearly the unchanging conservative influence in American politics that we have come to think it is and is best understood as responding to changing political and cultural values rather than shaping them.
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. This is too much. Also, I know this is a joke, but I think it could really take off.
Romney and Rick Santorum both made their pitch to social conservatives in Wisconsin. And although Romney has led in recent polls, Santorum declared that he can still win because he believes in “acts of God.”
On Tuesday, Wisconsin voters can breathe a sigh of relief, because the slew of negative ads that have bombarded them for the past two weeks will finally subside. One can only imagine what the general election will be like. Maybe we’ll all just stop watching TV?
Politico reports that Republicans are retreating on gay marriage, an issue that used to be at the forefront of American politics. One likely reason for this is the dramatically shifting views on this issue particularly among younger Americans who are strongly in favor of same-sex marriage.
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