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 Soccer Destined to Become America’s National Pastime?

PRRI's Research Director Daniel Cox explores the possibility that soccer could replace football and baseball to become America's national pastime in his latest for Huffington Post Sports. His piece follows news that British soccer star David Beckham has purchased a U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team in Miami, contributing to the league's rapid growth and increasing popularity in America. But will the momentum continue? … [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...]

Was Coca-Cola Right? America’s Growing Religious Diversity

"It's Beautiful," a Coca-Cola advertisement shown during the Super Bowl, encapsulates American ethnic and religious diversity and has prompted a diversity of responses on social media. A recent PRRI survey shows the growing religious differences between seniors, America's oldest adults, and Millenials, America's youngest adults are dramatic. More than 7-in-10 (71 percent) seniors identify as some type of white Christian. In contrast, less than 3-in-10 (28 percent) of Millennials identify as … [Read more...]

NYE VS. HAM: Is the Creationism vs. Evolution Debate Winnable?

Despite the winter storm that hit Kentucky yesterday, a standing-room-only crowd battled the elements to attend the Creation Museum’s debate between Science Guy Bill Nye, and creationist Ken Ham. The topic of the evening? Whether creation—the belief that God created humans is their current form—is a viable model of origin in today’s modern scientific era. Because a discussion of this type often generates passionate-to-extreme reactions, attendees were screened by metal... 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...]

Are Politicians Missing the Mark on Immigration Reform?

Following the release of a set of principals to guide immigration reform by GOP leaders last week, President Obama indicated Friday that he'd be open to a bipartisan approach that might not include a new path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants currently living in the United States illegally, though the president reiterated that he did not support any plan that would create “two categories of people in this country—folks who are full-fledged citizens and folks who are not.” Jus … [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...]

What Are Younger Americans Doing on Facebook?

As Facebook marks its 10th anniversary tomorrow, founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says the company is looking forward to another decade of “helping connect the rest of the world.” The site has already done a pretty thorough job of connecting facebook logoAmericans, with 45 percent reporting in 2012 that they used Facebook at least a few times a week. Still, does the site provide much more than a place to post pictures of your friends, pets or kids? … [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...]


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