Today’s Buzz covers TipsforJesus, a U.S. citizenship test, and which state’s residents are least likely to curse!
In my latest for Figuring Faith, my blog at the Washington Post, I explore race relations in America 50 years following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington: As King looked out on the crowd that hot August day half a century ago, he painted a portrait of equality, economic opportunity and integration, and called Americans to live into this aspirational vision…. more
It’s been nearly half a century since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his hope for a future in which the “manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” would no longer bind black Americans, for a day when the United States would “rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed…that all men are created equal.” His speech, delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to… more
During the 1963 March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said black Americans live “on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” On August 28, the most memorable civil rights protest in American history will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Civil rights groups, labor unions and religious organizations organized the march around the theme, “Jobs and Freedom.” Economic concerns were a central… more
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? Strap on those ankle weights, and giddy-up! Prancercise is coming to a public park near you. The Atlantic explored the link between race and support for affirmative action this week in a piece that highlighted some of our latest findings…. more
If Rhode Island legalizes same-sex marriage, New England will become the first region in the U.S. where all of the states allow gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. What are the religious roots of these concentrated levels of support?
Today is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, which established American women’s constitutional right to an abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy. But although a majority of Americans have consistently supported legal abortion since the Roe ruling, the country remains deeply divided over the procedure.
Affiliated Scholar Paul A. Djupe explores data which sheds light on the level of racial resentment toward Obama among white Americans.
For the first time since the recession, illegal immigration from Mexico is on the rise. This might not seem like a good thing, but some say it’s a sign that the American economy is improving.
Democrats are touting same-sex marriage, which appeared for the first time on this year’s Democratic Party platform.