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?
Was there a female Pope in the mid-ninth century? You decide, because we’ll probably never know for sure.
GOP Sen. Rob Portman reversed his position on same-sex marriage because of his son, who is gay. At “Figuring Faith,” Dr. Robert P. Jones outlines the “friends and family effect,” the nearly 30-point gap that exists in attitudes on same-sex marriage between those who have a close friend or family member who is gay or lesbian, and those who do not.
A new report finds that newsroom staffs are 30% smaller than they were just over a decade ago. This and other must-read findings about the news industry are available in a fascinating infographic.
The RNC released a hefty report yesterday, calling for increased outreach to women, Millennials, and minorities, and emphasizing the need for the GOP to be leaders on immigration reform.
And speaking of immigration reform, you’re cordially invited to the release of PRRI’s 2013 Religion, Values, and Immigration Reform Survey this Thursday, March 21, at 2:30 pm. If you’re not in DC, you can watch the release via webcast. It should be an exciting event! Details are here.
In his latest for our blog, PRRI Research Associate Juhem Navarro-Rivera writes about Pope Francis I and Hispanic Catholics in the United States.
Being related to a member of Congress can be surprisingly lucrative.
A transgender 6-year-old in Colorado is testing the limits of the state’s anti-discrimination law. More than 8-in-10 (81%) Americans agree that legal protections for gay and lesbian people should also include transgender people – but it’s sometimes unclear what those protections should entail.
If you’re celebrating Passover next week, you need these for your seder. Trust me.