President Emphasizes Religious Freedom at National Prayer Breakfast

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?  On Thursday morning, President Obama delivered his remarks at the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast. Religious freedom, both in the U.S. and abroad, was the theme of his speech. He emphasized that “central to [human] dignity is freedom of religion –... more … [Read more...]

CVS Discontinues Sale of Tobacco Products

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? Around the water cooler last Monday, there appeared to be more discussion about the new Coca-Cola commercial that aired during Super Bowl XLVIII than the game itself. The commercial featured a same-sex family, people of many religions, races and ethnicities... more … [Read more...]

Should Creationism be Taught Alongside Evolution in Schools?

Today's Buzz covers controversy over a Coca-Cola ad, a possible path forward for immigration reform, and evolution v. creationism. … [Read more...]

Where in America is Health Insurance Most Expensive?

Today's Buzz covers Facebook's 10th anniversary, a drop in the number of abortions in the United States, and what could be the end of American exceptionalism. … [Read more...]

A Bipartisan Compromise on Immigration Reform?

Today's Morning Buzz covers why sports fans pray to God, the possible future of immigration reform in America, and Sikhs' efforts to build understanding of their faith! … [Read more...]

Is the Super Bowl a “Quasi-Religious Festival” for Americans?

Today's Buzz covers average wait times to see a doctor, the use of the phrase "God bless America," and Pope Francis's "gentle revolution." … [Read more...]

How is America Doing? Depends on who you ask.

A poll released yesterday by Gallup reveals a large divide between white and non-white Americans who were asked how they think the country is doing. Nearly 57 percent of non-white Americans respond positively about the current state of the U.S. compared to 33 percent of white Americans. This marks the first time in recent history such a large racial gap has existed on this issue. … [Read more...]

Is the American Dream Dead?

Is the American Dream dead? Maybe in the South, according to new data from researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As Matthew O’Brien reports in The Atlantic, the study finds that those who strive to move up economically have about the same chances as people did in the 1950s. However, your economic prospects depend not only on indicators like race, inequality, and family structure, but also on region and the degree of inequality in your local community. O’Brien notes that the big … [Read more...]

What to Expect from President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Today's Buzz covers the polarization of American politics, the United Methodist Church's continued struggle with the issue of same-sex marriage, and whether your iPhone's operating system believes in God! … [Read more...]

Charismatic Catholic Movement is Growing Among Latino Americans

Today's Buzz covers the anniversary of the 24th Amendment, the growing Charismatic Catholic movement among Latino Americans, and the most "Bible-minded" cities in the country! … [Read more...]


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