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 – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers?
Take that, gender wars! Gen X men are just as hooked on cooking shows as their female peers.
Are voters starting to question politicians’ sincerity when they talk about matters of faith? Two-thirds of voters say that it is very important (39%) or somewhat important (28%) for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs – but when it comes to this issue authenticity undoubtedly matters.
In just over a week, North Carolina’s citizens will vote on Amendment One, which seeks to alter the North Carolina constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
Last month, the Jewish Conservative movement’s Israeli rabbinical school voted to admit gay and lesbian students. This move is likely to be met with approval, at least in the U.S.: over 8-in-10 (82%) Conservative Jews favor same-sex marriage.
A pair of researchers from the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute are blaming the Republicans for partisan gridlock in Washington.