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.
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According to reports, 10 members of the 113th Congress either identify as religiously unaffiliated or do not specify a religious affiliation. This may not seem like a large number (and it’s not, given the number of Americans who are unaffiliated), but it’s surprising, considering that two-thirds of Americans say they’d be uncomfortable with an atheist president. Thanks to Richard for sending this in!
Meanwhile, a reflection on how to allow children to choose their own religion. This is an increasingly pressing concern, as young adults leave the religions of their childhood: while only 11% of younger Millennials (age 18-24) were religiously unaffiliated in childhood, one-quarter (25%) currently identify as unaffiliated, a 14-point increase.
The White House is allegedly mulling over a much broader gun-control agenda than simply reinstating the expired assault-weapons ban. For more on Americans’ perspectives on gun control, take a look at our recent survey.
At the Huffington Post, a plea from journalist Laura Sessions Stepp for politicians to listen to the people who elected them.
A pop-inspired call for the Catholic hierarchy to ordain women is making waves in the Catholic blogosphere.