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?
Can people predict elections, even when polls can’t?
A new Pew poll reveals that few religious leaders are endorsing candidates from the pulpit, despite some encouragement to do so. While more than half of Americans who attend services regularly say their clergy have encouraged them to vote, only around 1-in-5 say their pastor or religious leader have spoken about the candidates themselves.
At CNN, author Jonathan Dudley recalls the days (in the not-so-distant past) when conservative Christian theology supported abortion in some circumstances. Today, 64% of white evangelical Protestants say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.
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