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?
In response to the Sandy Hook shooting, teachers should be armed, says Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Roughly 1-in-10 Americans (but 35% of Tea Party members) say that allowing more private citizens to carry guns for protection is the most important thing that can be done to prevent mass shootings.
Marc Ambinder argues that gun control should include ammunition control too.
Why do so many school shootings occur in small towns? Wonkblog has some theories.
Meanwhile, a Utah 6th-grader is in custody after bringing a gun to school, reportedly so that he could defend himself in case of an attack.
Beginning next year, French girls between the ages of 15 and 18 will be able to access free birth control, without parental permission or notification. It’s unlikely this proposal would be popular on the other side of the Atlantic, where only 52% of Americans agree that methods of birth control should be generally available to teenagers age 16 and over without parental approval.
Pew’s new survey on global religion shows there are as many religiously unaffiliated people worldwide as there are Catholics. For more on the diverse makeup of the religiously unaffiliated in the U.S., check out our recent survey.