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?
Two influential senators may be on the cusp of a bipartisan breakthrough to expand background checks for gun buyers. Two-thirds (67%) of Americans are in favor of stricter enforcement of existing gun control laws.
A Mormon leader warns that the legalization of an immoral act does not make those acts any less “spiritually damaging.”
A new study finds that racial minorities waited longer to vote in 2012. On average, african Americans waited about twice as long as white Americans.
Elizabeth Dias, writing in Time magazine, speculates that Hispanic evangelicals might help the GOP blunt the recent Democratic advantage among Hispanic voters. One-in-five Hispanics currently identifies as an evangelical or born-again Protestant.
In light of Holocaust Remembrance Day and Margaret Thatcher’s death, a reflection on the Iron Lady’s proudest moments.
I leave you with the touching story of a girl and her cat.