Nontheist Political Action Committee Launches in Washington

This week marked the launch of the first nontheist political action committee in the United States. On Wednesday, the Center for Humanist Action introduced the Freethought Equality Fund PAC which, according to the organization’s announcement, aims to “provide financial assistance to candidates who support secular government.” Although ostensibly a vehicle to promote nonreligious political candidates, the group will not limit itself solely to endorsing atheists. Current elected officials and candi … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Muslim-American Comics Tour U.S. to Break Stereotypes about Islam

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? Panera CEO Ron Shaich is thinking about food more than normal. He’s currently eating on just $4.50 per day to raise awareness of what it’s like to live on food stamps ahead of the House’s consideration of funding cuts for... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Washington Navy Yard Shooting Sparks Conversation on Gun Control

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? The tragic shooting of more than a dozen people yesterday in an attack on Washington’s Navy Yards is stirring once again the conversation on gun control in America. Sixty percent of Americans favor passing stricter gun control laws, while 37 percent oppose.... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Judge Rules Abercrombie & Fitch Violated Civil Rights of Muslim Employee

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? Could the way we speak influence how we act? Linguists, prepare to stand up and cheer: a cool new survey finds strong connections between grammar and behavior in people around the world. Over at Huffington Post, be sure to check... more … [Read more...]

Paul Djupe on the Ohio Values Survey

  Following the release of PRRI’s Ohio Values Survey, editor MacKenzie Babb sat down with affiliated scholar Paul Djupe, professor of political science at Denison University in Ohio, to get his take on the results. Were you surprised by any of the report’s findings? Given that a majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage, I figured Ohioans would be right on board. We always say in elections that as Ohio... more … [Read more...]

Judge Rules Abercrombie & Fitch Violated Civil Rights of Muslim Employee

A federal judge has ruled that an Abercrombie & Fitch store violated the civil rights of a Muslim employee when by firing her for wearing a hijab, the head covering worn by some Muslim women. A new report released by Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding suggests that such incidents might not be that unusual in an increasingly diverse workforce. According to the report, more than one-in-three American workers have experienced... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Catholic Bishops Show Support for Path to Citizenship

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? Dennis Rodman has announced plans to head up a basketball diplomacy event involving North Korea following his trip to Pyongyang, during which he spent time with his pal Kim Jong-un. Kim may be one of the world’s most repressive dictators,... more … [Read more...]

Crisis in Syria, A Sign of the End Times?

The Biblical book of Isaiah has been in the news, thanks to a verse that’s leading some evangelical Christians to believe that the escalating violence in Syria is a sign of the end times. Syria and its cities are mentioned in the Bible several times, most notably the city of Damascus, where the apostle Paul converted to Christianity. Isaiah 17:1 reads, “Damascus will no longer be a city, but will... more … [Read more...]

Laura Olson: How Will Millennials and Shifting Demographics Affect America’s Religious Culture?

Laura Olson, Clemson University political science professor and editor-in-chief of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, offered an interesting analysis of how Millennials are reshaping America’s demographic and religious landscape as part of a panel discussion on the 2013 Economic Values Survey, released at the Brookings Institution. “They are less white than previous generations [and] they are less religious than previous generations,” Olson said. She added that the... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Pro-Life Activists Dub Albuquerque “America’s Auschwitz”

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? What could the size of your biceps possibly have to do with your political preferences? Foreign Policy has the answer, as well as insight into some other surprising predictors of voting behavior. (Thanks to Phil for sending this in!) As... more … [Read more...]


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