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.
This week on State of Belief Radio, I provided some context in a segment about recent claims that black Americans will abandon President Obama over his endorsement of same-sex marriage. I observed:
What the poll really reveals is that these issues rank very, very low on minority voters’ radar screens. We had, for example, less than one in five, so only 18% saying, for example, that the issue of same-sex marriage among African-Americans was a critical issue facing the country today. And you compare that to more than seven in ten saying that the economy is the critical issue. So like most Americans, actually, in this election cycle, minority voters are just very tightly focused on the economy…
Last week, I published a post on his Washington Post blog, “Figuring Faith,” in which I sketched out three reasons why Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage won’t hurt him among black Americans.
Watch the segment below: