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.
This week, I appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The Brody File” to provide an overview of where the American public stands on the issue of same-sex marriage. I pointed to the strong levels of support for same-sex marriage among Millennials and noted that Millennials’ opinions on same-sex marriage are in large part driven by their personal relationships with gay and lesbian people. This, I explained, makes it difficult to imagine that Millennials will grow more conservative on gay and lesbian issues as they age. You can watch the segment here:
To check out the whole episode, go to the Christian Broadcasting Network’s website.