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? This, my friends, is no ordinary cat video.
The appeal of anti-Mormonism is simple, says a historian: it makes other people feel good.
The debate over the placement of crosses at the entrance to a public university in Texas continues. Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans agree that we must maintain a strict separation of church and state.
A survey of Irish Catholics reveals a sharp rift between lay Catholics and the Roman Catholic hierarchy. Many Catholics disagree with the Church’s official stance on issues like gay rights or contraception.
In a column for the Washington Post, C. Welton Gaddy and Salam Al-Marayati argue that embracing American Muslims as an important part of the American community can help deter violent extremism. Muslims’ place in American society is something of a fraught issue: Americans are evenly divided over whether the values of Islam are at odds with American values and way of life (47% agree, 48% disagree).