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...]

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...]

Despite Shutdown, Thousands March in Washington for Immigration Reform

Today's Buzz covers a march for immigration reform, how you can start your own religion, and the faith-based case for increasing wages for underpaid federal workers. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Congress Faces the Realities of the Internet

In which Congress slowly begins to recognize that this internet fad is not going away. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | New Survey Finds Large Gender Gap on Valentine’s Day Expectations

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? If your cat needs a birthday present, may I suggest this? Our new survey finds large gender gaps on men and women’s expectations for Valentine’s Day. Men are twenty points more likely than women to predict that they will have... more … [Read more...]

On Darwin’s Birthday, Americans and Politicians Divided on Evolution

American attitudes about evolution more than 200 years after Darwin’s birth and more than 150 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species remain complex. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | How Do Top Earners Feel About Being Taxed More Heavily?

How do top earners feel about being taxed more heavily? More than 6-in-10 Americans who make more than $100,000 a year agree that the government should raise taxes on those who make more than $250,000 a year. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Congressman Says Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are “Lies from the Pit of Hell”

A Republican congressman who happens to serve on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, drew fire after decrying evolution and the Big Bang theory as "lies from the pit of hell." … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Do the Rich Pay Too Little in Taxes?

According to a new poll, the wealthy are smarter and more hard-working, but also greedier and more dishonest. … [Read more...]

Churches Face Challenges in Upgrading to Religion 2.0

Although a few churches are using social media to connect with their congregants quite effectively, most places of worship have sparse online offerings and few Americans report using technology or social media for religious purposes. … [Read more...]


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