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?
Target is facing a lawsuit thanks to a written reminder to managers that not all Hispanic employees wear sombreros and dance salsa.
The New York Mets were all set to host a Native American Heritage Day July 25, but everything changed when planners realized the date coincided with the team’s home game against the Atlanta Braves. Concerned the Braves would take the celebration as a protest against their name and signature Tomahawk Chop, the Mets cancelled most of the day’s events.
In continuing the data-driven conversation about the future of the GOP, Michael Tomasky argues that the party may not be able to count on robust support from white working-class Americans in the future.
Definitely check out Michael Landy’s new exhibit at the National Gallery, which aims to turn martyrdom into art.
Saved the best for last today, Buzz fans: Brazilian instructors are teaching English to young students by having them correct celebrity tweets (consider Paris Hilton #schooled).