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.
This week, PRRI Research Director Dan Cox had the opportunity to sit down with the proprietors of the American Enterprise Institute’s “Banter” podcast, Stu and Andrew, to discuss our recent poll on sports and religion. The hosts confessed their impulse to get on their knees and pray during the Super Bowl (one of them is from San Francisco), while Dan explored the poll’s findings, which discovered that nearly 3-in-10 Americans believe God has a hand in the outcome of sporting events.
Dan explained regional differences on the issue, and delved into some of the poll’s other findings, which included Americans’ perspective on whether God rewards faithful athletes with good health and success. Does God have stronger feelings about Ray Lewis, the Ravens linebacker who often expresses his faith publicly, than the ill-fated Tim Tebow, who often prays on the field but may soon be out of a job?
You can listen to the podcast here. Dan’s section begins around 9 minutes in.