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?
New research finds people who meditate are more likely than those who don’t to act with compassion. Let’s take a collective om, shall we?
Hoping to avoid pregnancy? There’s an app for that. The new app, Clue, is a customizable “fertility tracking tool”. Nearly 9-in-10 Americans say artificial birth control methods are morally acceptable, but new technology may allow women to avoid using contraceptives altogether.
Crossover king Tim Hardaway, the NBA player who said he hated gay people during a 2007 interview, is now signing a petition to legalize gay marriage in Florida.
You can add Eliot Spitzer to the list of scandal-plagued politicians plotting comebacks. Oh, and his run for New York City comptroller could put him on the same ballot as Anthony Weiner. Mark Sanford’s political redemption in South Carolina could bode well for both men, as Republicans are less likely to forgive politicians’ moral indiscretions than Democrats.
Netflix: the new HBO? Check out this article on how the once DVD-by-mail supplier is revolutionizing the way America makes, and watches, television.