Clergy & Churches
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?
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seeking expanded background checks for gun purchases and parental consent laws for minors to buy video games. Christie, a Republican, is up for reelection in Democratic-leaning New Jersey, but has also been considered a contender for the 2016 Republican nomination. The move has benefits in the short-term, but consequences in the long-term: Christie’s actions are likely to help him among Democrats, but not among Republicans.
The Morning Buzz | What Do Changing Views on Religion and Spirituality Mean for Religious Institutions?[04.17.2013]
Learn more about what changing views on religion and spirituality means for religious institutions in this CBS video featuring PRRI board member Diana Butler Bass.
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? Next time you get a latte, try not to be disappointed, it probably won’t live up to this. This weekend, for the first time, a woman lead the closing prayer at a major Mormon conference. Although most (82%) Americans report… more
In an op-ed for NBC Latino, PRRI Research Associate Juhem Navarro-Rivera outlines the tug-of-war between Hispanic Americans and Tea Party members within the Republican Party.
As the first Pope from the region that currently includes a plurality of the world’s Catholic population, Pope Francis I’s election signals the importance of Latin America to the Church. Francis’ election may also help rekindle Catholicism among those in the U.S. with roots in Latin America: the Hispanic population.
What’s going on inside the papal conclave? Two perspectives.
Over at the Monkey Cage, Erik Voeten tries to make sense of a new poll from Gallup showing an increase in public support for foreign trade. This increase is even more interesting when you consider that 74% of Americans believe that outsourcing is at least somewhat responsible for the nation’s current economic woes.
At the New York Times, some interesting commentary on conversations about homosexuality within the black church. More than 7-in-10 black Americans agree that it is possible to agree with their church’s teachings on the issue of homosexuality and still be considered a good Christian.
The central organizations of every Jewish denomination except Orthodoxy (and one lone Orthodox rabbi) filed amicus briefs in favor of overturning the federal government’s ban on same-sex marriage. More than 8-in-10 (81%) American Jews favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally.