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?
This fascinating “missed connections” graphic raises more questions than it answers, particularly when it comes to the state of Indiana.
In a column for the Washington Post, Christian Piatt argues that the religiously unaffiliated shouldn’t be described as “nones.” As our recent survey shows, only about one-third of religiously unaffiliated Americans identify as atheists or agnostics, and many religiously unaffiliated Americans report that they believe in God.
Pope Benedict XVI, in one of his last acts as pontiff, amended Catholic Church law so that the conclave to choose his successor can begin earlier. As Dr. Robert P. Jones, PRRI CEO, noted in a recent interview with NPR, many American Catholics support adjusting traditional beliefs and practices to fit changing circumstances or the adoption of modern beliefs and practices.
A transgender rights bill is advancing in the New York state legislature. Approximately 9-in-10 (89%) Americans agree that transgender people deserve the same rights and protections as other Americans.
A group of Christian leaders are, once again, urging Congress to eschew their financial squabbles and find a way to agree on new revenue and spending cuts that will simultaneously reduce the deficit and protect America’s poorest citizens.
Why was this photo taken? Maybe it’s better not to know.