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?
What’s it like to grow up Sikh in America? Tougher than you might think. Religion News Service’s Lauren Markoe has a new piece up on Sikhs’ efforts to build understanding of their religion, and has also posted a helpful fact sheet on the basic tenets of Sikhism.
Following the release of a set of principals to guide immigration reform by GOP leaders last week, President Obama indicated Friday that he’d be open to a middle-ground approach that might not include a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants currently living in the United States illegally. Sixty-three percent of Americans favor providing a path to citizenship for immigrants currently living in the United States illegally, provided they meet certain requirements.
Why do sports fans pray for their favorite teams? Bob Smietana cites PRRI data in his exploration of the question over at The Wall Street Journal. Twenty-six percent of American sports fans report praying to God to help their favorite team at one point or another.
In related news, the organization American Atheists launched a new billboard near MetLife Stadium ahead of the Super Bowl featuring a priest and the test, “A ‘Hail Mary’ only works in football.” David Silverman, president of American Atheists, said the ad was at least in part a reaction to PRRI’s recent sports survey that found half of American sports fans report a belief that the supernatural is at play in sporting events. Be sure to head over to our blog for PRRI Communications Director Darcy Cohan’s take on this issue.
Finally, be sure to check out this awesome interactive visualization of which topics had people buzzing most on Twitter during President Obama’s State of the Union address!