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?
You still can’t bring more than 3 oz of lotion onto a flight, but golf clubs and wiffle bats are a-ok.
A new poll from the Atlantic shows, puzzlingly, that 9-in-10 Americans say they are in good health. Meanwhile, 4-in-10 Americans who visit medical/health websites use them for self-diagnosis.
In case you missed it on C-SPAN, Roll Call has compiled the top ten moments from Senator Rand Paul’s 13-hour “talking filibuster”.
New analysis shows that a conservative case for same-sex marriage – like using the “Golden Rule” as a frame – is not likely to persuade Republicans to support same-sex marriage.
A Jewish Democrat and former staff writer for The New Yorker talks about his lifelong love of firearms, and how this plays into the gun control debate.
The Arkansas legislature passed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law over the governor’s veto earlier this week. A majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal in some or all cases.
Could 700 years of Jewish expulsions from various European countries be related to…the weather?
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