Who’s Been Left Out of King’s Dream?

It’s been nearly half a century since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his hope for a future in which the “manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” would no longer bind black Americans, for a day when the United States would “rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed…that all men are created equal.” His speech, delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Republicans Nostalgic for the 1950s, Democrats Miss the 1990s

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? London is looking to outdo New York’s one-up with its own mash-up dessert: America, meet the townie (that’s right, a hybrid tart-brownie). Ten bucks to the first chef to bring this one across the pond. Emily Fetsch’s latest post on... more … [Read more...]

50 Years Later, Economic Disparities Remain

During the 1963 March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said black Americans live “on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.” On August 28, the most memorable civil rights protest in American history will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Civil rights groups, labor unions and religious organizations organized the march around the theme, “Jobs and Freedom.” Economic concerns were a central... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | One Woman Reflects Back to March on Washington, 50 Years Later

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? Ever wonder how many religions are represented in Congress? Check out this fascinating color-coded map of America, which shows the religious affiliations of all 435 members in the U.S. House of Representatives by their districts. Over at The Atlantic, Garance Franke-Ruta explores... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | New Jersey Bans Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

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? Tough commute this morning? Well, it may not be too long before your car can drive itself, if the development of this self-driving car by engineers at Carnegie Mellon is any indication. Senator John McCain is spending the summer drumming... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Will GOP Follow Chris Christie or Rand Paul?

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? It can be tough to get going on a Monday morning, and sometimes a cup of coffee seems to be just what the doctor ordered. While research has shown moderate coffee consumption can offer significant health benefits, a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings finds consuming... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Become a Homeowner for a Dollar in Gary, Indiana

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? Just how big is China’s population these days? Well, it’s about the same size as all of Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans combined. Check out this awesome map to see where the world’s population is living. Speaking of... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Pulpit Politicking: Properly Banned, or a Restriction on Free Speech?

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? Who will Pope Francis root for in the Italy-Argentina soccer match? With divided loyalties, the pontiff is playing it smart and hedging his bets. Go teams! New research suggests that white Americans may have a more flexible definition of meritocracy... more … [Read more...]

A Quiet Revolution: The Changing Tone of American Churches on Same-Sex Marriage

Many gay and lesbian Americans are relating to religion differently than they were a decade ago, as a group that was once largely condemned from the pulpit is finding less judgment and more acceptance in America’s places of worship. Many religious leaders are abandoning public denouncements of same-sex relationships, a result of the sharp shift in views among their congregants. Molly Ball takes a look at how this changing religious... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | One Percent of Adult U.S. Population Behind Bars

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? Were you a greaser or a goth? Check out this awesome article on the changing nomenclature of high school social posses through the decades. The American Sociological Association’s latest survey indicates the hype surrounding the hook-up culture on college campuses may be... more … [Read more...]


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