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?
I know you were looking for a new explanation for the debates over grain-hoarding in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, so here it is. And it’s shocking.
In an interview, Roman Catholic Cardinal Dolan said the church won’t change its official policy on same-sex marriage, but it could be doing more to welcome gay and lesbian people. A majority of Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
One Oregon high school created six unisex bathrooms to accomodate students who don’t feel comfortable in a gender-segregated bathroom. Will others follow suit?
The Wall Street Journal chronicles the ever-increasing polarization among the states on the issue of abortion. A majority of Americans say that laws about abortion should be decided at the national level.
Interestingly, although the teen birth rate has declined over the past few years, half of Americans believe it has risen.
The internet has always been an exciting place – but we can all agree that it peaked in 1995.
Meanwhile, internet maven Google caused a bit of stir when its popular “Google Doodle” celebrated Cesar Chaves’ 86th birthday, while ignoring Easter.