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?
Most well-respected political operatives probably don’t expect to be mocked for their signature. But the internet is merciless – and Jack Lew’s signature is also ridiculous.
Vice President Joe Biden will meet tomorrow with a representative from the National Rifle Association (NRA) to discuss gun policy reform. More on Americans’ views about the NRA in our weekly graphic.
The Washington National Cathedral, known for hosting countless state events, will soon begin to perform gay wedding ceremonies. The Cathedral is an active house of worship within the Episcopal Church, which recently developed a blessing rite for same-sex couples. A majority (56%) of white mainline Protestants favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally.
The Pope recently expressed concern about the growing gap between the rich and the poor. Although he addressed his remarks primarily to European nations, it’s likely that talking about economic inequality would resonate with American Catholics, a majority (62%) of whom say that in its statements about public policy, the Catholic Church should focus more on social justice and the obligation to help the poor, even if it means focusing less on issues like abortion and the right to life.