Mark A. Smith is professor of Political Science and an adjunct professor of Comparative Religion and Communication at the University of Washington. His research focuses on economic and religious groups, ideas, and influences in American politics. In his new book, Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics, Dr. Smith argues that religion is not nearly the unchanging conservative influence in American politics that we have come to think it is and is best understood as responding to changing political and cultural values rather than shaping them.
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?
Will the Boston bombings change views about Muslims and immigration reform? At Figuring Faith, Dr. Robert P. Jones offers a view from the data.
At the New York Times, two op-ed contributors argue that the radicalization of young Muslims does not happen in mosques.
Some of the supporters of the new immigration reform bill may surprise you. But then again, maybe not, considering that majorities of all political and religious groups favor a path to citizenship with certain requirements.
If Rhode Island legalizes same-sex marriage, New England will become the first region in the U.S. where all of the states allow gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. What are the religious roots of these concentrated levels of support?
Paddling is back in vogue in the elementary schools of Marion County, Florida – but only once a semester.