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?
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was recently snubbed by the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), which did not add him to the roster of conservative luminaries who will speak at this year’s conference. Nate Silver concludes that Christie’s honeymoon with conservatives is over.
Which states have the most to lose if the sequester goes into effect?
Yesterday, oral arguments before the Supreme Court about a key provision of the Voting Rights Act raised the distinct possibility that the justices might deem the controversial section – which requires federal oversight for voting procedures in states with a history of racial discrimination – out of date, and thus unconstitutional. Our weekly graphic illustrates racial and regional differences among Americans on discrimination and government action.
At CNN, Laura Sessions Stepp delves into the problem of teen pregnancy in rural communities.
Meanwhile, which religions are the most chaste? The answer may surprise you.
Today is Pope Benedict XVI’s last day as pontiff, but that doesn’t mean the internet has stopped giving us papal gifts. Today: a pope selection bracket.
And speaking of the internet’s gifts, if you live in DC and have some free time on March 11, you should head over to Georgetown’s Berkley Center to hear Huffington Post Religion editor Paul Rauschenbusch dispense some sage advice about religion and the web.