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?
Next time you get a latte, try not to be disappointed, it probably won’t live up to this.
This weekend, for the first time, a woman lead the closing prayer at a major Mormon conference. Although most (82%) Americans report that they know little or nothing at all about Mormon religious beliefs and practices, Mormons are viewed favorably by two-thirds (67%) of the public.
Anne-Marie Slaughter discusses the value of letting go of gender stereotypes in the home. Four-in-ten (40%) Americans agree that family life suffers when the woman has a full-time job, and a majority (54%) of the public say that women are naturally better suited than men to raise children.
This past Friday a federal judge ruled that the morning-after pill be made available over the counter for all ages. A slim majority (52%) of Americans support allowing teenagers age 16 years of age or older access to birth control without parental approval.
This week senators are preparing to finalize a bipartisan bill that would establish a path to citizenship for the millions of people living in the United States illegally. More than 6-in-10 (63%) Americans say immigrants currently living in the U.S. illegally should be allowed to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements.
Pope Francis declared his intention to address the long controversial sex abuse scandals within the church.