The Morning Buzz | Does “Under God” Discriminate Against Atheists?

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? Guess who’s heading to Pyongyang with plans to “bridge the gap” between America and North Korea: bet you didn’t pick Dennis Rodman, did you? The Worm is inching across the Pacific to hang with his buddy Kim Jong-un after the... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Cowboy Churches: Not Just for Texans Anymore

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? A new Washington Post poll finds 12 percent of Washington D.C.-area drivers admit feeling road rage often while behind the wheel, double the number who reported the same feelings in 2005. It probably has nothing to do with this… Secretary of State... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Feds Won’t Challenge States on Marijuana Legalization

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? Did you head out to see a romantic comedy or a horror film this weekend? If so, some interesting new data from Public Policy Polling suggests you probably voted for Obama, while folks who cast ballots for Romney are more... more … [Read more...]

Death Sentence for Fort Hood Shooter Sparks Complex Debate about Death Penalty

A military jury decided this week to recommend the death sentence for convicted Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people and wounded another 32 when he opened fire on a building packed with unarmed soldiers and civilians in 2009. Before and during his trial, Hasan expressed his wish to die in order to become a Muslim martyr. His unorthodox defense at trial and the... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Fast Food Workers Strike for Higher Pay, Most Americans Support Raising Minimum Wage

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? Not sure where to begin in atoning for your sins ahead of Yom Kippur? Enter Furry Friends Friday: Jewish High Holidays edition and check out the eScapegoat, a cartoon goat you can find in your mobile app store that’s happy to hear... more … [Read more...]

Age a Factor in Determining Importance of Jewish Holidays

In the Jewish tradition, the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for reflection, repentance and atonement. Most Jews consider these to be the most important to their faith, but PRRI data shows that age plays a role in determining which holidays Jews find personally significant. A majority of older Jewish Americans (53%) say Yom Kippur is the most important Jewish holiday, compared to just more... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Walmart to Offer Benefits to Employees’ Same-Sex Domestic Partners

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? Still wondering what Miley Cyrus was doing on stage at the VMAs? Never fear, the Oxford Dictionary Online has announced it will add a definition for “twerk,” along with “food baby” and “FOMO,” to its collection. (Please excuse me while... more … [Read more...]

Manning’s Transition Spurs Conversation about Transgender Issues

Last week, after Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for charges including violations of the Espionage Act, Manning released a statement identifying himself as Chelsea and indicating a desire to transition from male to female. Since Manning’s announcement, there has been significant media attention about transgender issues, including definitions, pronoun use, and prison accommodations. Most Americans say they have a basic understanding of the term... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | North Carolina Passes Anti-Shariah Law

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? Tired of feeling the pitter-patter of tiny feet kicking the back of your seat when you fly? Check out this Singapore airline’s new solution — a kid-free cabin. The best part? Upgrading costs about the same as a couple of... more … [Read more...]

Social Equality, A Jewish Tradition

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, an event drawing people of different races, geographies, economic backgrounds, and religions together to support racial equality. One group that played a large and often overlooked role was the Jewish American community. American Jews helped to establish many of the organizations that planned the March on Washington, including the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Student Nonviolent... more … [Read more...]


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