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?
Would that we could all express our desire for the election to be over so adorably.
Today, anyone in Oklahoma who holds a license to carry a concealed firearm can carry a weapon out in the open, thanks to a new law that just went into effect. Earlier this summer, we found that most Americans oppose allowing people to carry concealed guns in certain public places, including in a church or place of worship, or on a college campus.
This week’s graphic of the week illustrates Americans’ attitudes toward God and natural disasters.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by a non-religious family, who say their children should not have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance because it contains the phrase “under God.”
A Reuters columnist explores the inequality exposed by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Ohio’s white working class could be the key to Obama’s reelection. These voters are also expanding the map for Romney, particularly in the Midwest. For more on the issues that will drive white working-class Americans to the polls, check out our recent survey.
The Vatican’s newspaper was more excited about the new James Bond movie than one would expect.
Never doubt that your cell phone can do amazing things.
Next time, follow this gentleman’s lead and relax during the hurricane by drinking a bottle of your finest wine.