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?
If you eat diamond-encrusted sandwiches for lunch, this is undoubtedly the bag to keep them in.
Mitt Romney, who has been attempting to skirt questions about abortion in the wake of Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s controversial comments, declared that abortion is a matter for the courts, not the purview of the president. This immediately raised the hackles of some abortion rights advocates, who pointed out that the president has the power to nominate Supreme Court justices. Nevertheless, it is true that abortion tends rank relatively low as a priority for Americans’ presidential vote.
A fascinating look at the Republican Party’s transformation over the past half-century, as faith became a central element of the GOP platform.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan will offer the closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, next week. Dolan stirred up some controversy when he accepted an invitation to give the benediction at the Republican National Convention. Perhaps this move will calm the critics.
A federal judge dismissed Wheaton College’s lawsuit against the Obama administration, saying that the evangelical college’s case against the White House’s contraception mandate were premature.
This gives a whole new meaning to the notion of “finding yourself.”