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?
Is religious liberty under attack in Oklahoma? One Methodist minister says so. Nearly 4-in-10 (39 percent) Americans believe religious liberty is currently being threatened in the United States, while 56 percent disagree.
Governor Rick Perry wishes you and yours a merry Christmas.
The GOP has had a tough time attracting Hispanic voters in recent elections, which most experts say is due to the party’s stance on immigration. Dan Hopkins takes a closer look at the link between support for immigration reform and Republican successes in the past several years, and uncovers some interesting patterns. In the 2012 presidential election, exit polls showed 27 percent of Hispanic voters casting ballots for Romney and 71 percent voting for Obama.
Greasy pockets of dough filled with cheese? Count me in for a dozen round ones and two dozen rectangles.