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?
Why food waste is a bigger problem than the broccoli you hid under your napkin as a child.
Last week, faith leaders met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss gun control. As Dr. Robert P. Jones pointed on CNN over the weekend, there is an important religious divide when it comes to gun control laws.
The Illinois GOP party chairman is facing calls for resignation after urging state lawmakers to approve same-sex marriage.
Lest we forget: Congress is less popular than – well, almost anything.
The Obama administration responded to 25,000 Star Wars fans petitioning for the construction of a Death Star, making some compelling arguments about why this may not be the best use of federal funds.