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.
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?
You’ll be relieved to know that in the event of a nuclear bomb, the beer will still be safe to drink.
Our latest survey, which highlights white working-class Americans’ vote, values, and worldview (and upends a few stereotypes along the way), is now available for your perusal.
Voters’ reaction to Romney’s 47% gaffe are, overall, negative.
Meanwhile, NPR’s Planet Money has a visual breakdown of who, exactly, is part of the 47%.
An anti-Muslim ad is set to debut in the New York City subway. The Metropolitan Transit Authority tried to reject the ads, but lost to the advertisers in court. Americans are divided on whether the values of Islam are consistent with American values.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul tied his anti-war beliefs to the debate over abortion, saying that Jesus would not have “condoned killing.”
Would you care to purchase an abandoned lighthouse or hospital? The world of dilapidated structures is before you, my friends.