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.
I suspect that this was inspired by C-SPAN’s secret desire to be more like ESPN.
Next week, the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. Our new survey finds that half of Americans favor federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is also gearing up to hear arguments on California’s Proposition 8. Nearly 6-in-10 (57%) Californians favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. In advance of the two cases, NPR has compiled an interesting timeline of gay marriage in law, pop culture, and the courts.
The New York Times notes that our new survey provides “potentially heartening information” to GOP lawmakers who are trying to overhaul the party’s position on immigration reform. It’s also good news for religious conservatives who are seeking to make a moral case for immigration reform: in his latest for Figuring Faith, Dr. Robert P. Jones outlines the moral values behind Americans’ overall support for a path to citizenship.
The bipartisan Senate immigration plan could give permanent legal status to an unlimited number of students who earn graduate degrees from U.S. universities in science, technology, engineering or math. Three-quarters of Americans favor a similar plan.
If you like bread, Passover can be a challenging holiday – which is why you should take a look at these chametz-free recipes. And if you’re celebrating Easter (and have a steady hand), check out these DIY Easter basket treats.