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.
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A new study shows that religious people are less likely to be moved toward generosity by compassion.
A longtime Republican foreign policy spokesman who is also openly gay resigned from Mitt Romney’s campaign only a month after being hired. His resignation was triggered by a storm of criticism from social conservatives.
Meanwhile, gay columnist and activist Dan Savage has angered some Christians, after he suggested in a speech at the National High School Journalist Conference that Christians ignore aspects of the Bible they don’t like, and they should “learn to ignore the b——- in the Bible about gay people.” Considering that 95% of Americans agree that religious books should be treated with respect, even if the beliefs of those who use them are not shared, it’s perhaps understandable that he is now being asked to eat his words.