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?
The case for not using your iPhone while in the bath, or eating a bowl of soup.
In your surprising and slightly implausible news of the day, Jeb Bush is predicting that Texas will turn blue in 2016. Other analysts, citing the much lower voting rates of Latinos, suggest that a political realignment of the Lone Star state is much further away.
After famed evangelist Billy Graham met with Romney, a line was removed from Graham’s website which referenced Mormonism as an example of a”cult.” According to last year’s American Values Survey, nearly half (49%) of Americans believe the Mormon faith is a Christian religion.
Nate Silver says that those looking for Obama to bounce back after yesterday’s debate may be disappointed.
A group of atheists graded the presidential candidates on issues related to church/state separation. Libertarian Gary Johnson got the highest grade (a “B”), while Obama earned a “C” and Romney received a failing grade.
Early voting will proceed in Ohio.
Yiddish is trendy again – but not among the people you’d expect.