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?
The central organizations of every Jewish denomination except Orthodox (and one lone Orthodox rabbi) filed amicus briefs in favor of overturning the federal government’s ban on same-sex marriage. More than 8-in-10 (81%) American Jews favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally.
Meanwhile, 538′s Micah Cohen analyzes a new poll of Californians and finds that record numbers now approve of same-sex marriage, a dramatic increase since 2008.
At the Washington Post, Melinda Henneberger argues that the next pope should appoint female cardinals. However, Ross Douthat argues that Christian denominations that didn’t “reassert a doctrinal core” in the recent past have fared worse in retaining their members than the Catholic Church. As Dr. Robert P. Jones observed recently, a majority of American Catholics say either that their church should adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances (37%) or adopt modern beliefs and practices (16%). The Pew Research Center recently found that nearly half of Catholics wanted the next Pope to move the Church in new directions while 51% said he should maintain traditional positions.
Which states will be most (and least) affected by the sequester? Some answers at the Washington Post.
What’s the point of goofy polls?
I think we can all agree that this is one of the weirder and more delightful pieces of Soviet propaganda out there.