Why the Partisan Divide? The U.S. Is Becoming More Secular—and More Religious
Nov 24, 2020

By Spencer James, Hal Boyd, and Jason Carroll From a global pandemic and nationwide protests to a contested presidential election, this year seems tailor-made to expose America’s partisan fault lines. Those hoping for a blue or red wave to unite the country on election night were undoubtedly disappointed. What the returns revealed instead was a …

I Grew Up Surrounded By Religious Fanatics. Here’s What I Know About Trump Supporters.
Nov 24, 2020

By Olivia Christensen During the days immediately after the election, most of which I spent doomscrolling through social media on my phone in a kind of trance, my childhood best friend sent me a clip. Her caption was simple: “When people ask me why I don’t go to church anymore.” I gave the wry chuckle …

Conservative Christians Reject Science, Ignore Holiday COVID Restrictions
Nov 23, 2020 · 1 

By Michael Stone Anti-Science: Conservative Christians are rejecting science and choosing to ignore holiday COVID restrictions, placing themselves, those they love, and everyone else at risk. For example, Trump-loving megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress says he will ignore the scientists advice about Thanksgiving gatherings, declaring: I’m Listening to God, Not the WHO Newsweek reports: Pastor Robert Jeffress, …

Trumpism After Trump? How Fox News Structures Republican Attitudes
Nov 23, 2020

By PRRI Staff In the wake of President Donald Trump’s 2020 electoral loss, one key question is what kind of future the unique style of politics he carved out has in the Republican Party. Colloquially, this question is often put this way: What becomes of Trumpism after Trump? To answer that question, it is important …

Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Satanists’ Faith-Based Abortion Case
Nov 23, 2020

By Hemant Mehta This morning, the Supreme Court announced it would not hear a case brought to them by Satanists who were hoping to overturn Missouri’s medically unnecessary abortion laws. There was no explanation offered with the dismissal, as is typical. There simply weren’t enough judges who wanted to hear this case. Here’s the backstory: As the law stands …

Appeals Court: For Now, a Nativity Scene Can Go Up Outside an Indiana Courthouse
Nov 20, 2020

By Hemant Mehta A Nativity scene outside a former Indiana courthouse will remain up this winter even though it was declared unconstitutional earlier this year. But that victory for conservative Christians may not last for long. Some background is helpful here: All of this takes place in the city of Brownstown at the site of …

Trump Judges Block Laws Banning LGBTQ “Conversion Therapy” for Minors
Nov 20, 2020 · 1 

By Mark Joseph Stern A federal appeals court blocked bans on LGBTQ “conversion therapy” for minors on Friday, finding that two Florida cities violate the First Amendment with laws that seek to protect children from the harmful and discredited practice. Both judges in the majority are Federalist Society members appointed by President Donald Trump. Their …

The Latinx Culture War Is The Untold Story Of The 2020 Election
Nov 20, 2020

By Juhem Navarro-Rivera This year as turnout increased among all groups, and despite losing the popular vote again, Donald Trump gained over 10 million votes. Media narratives have placed a lot of attention on the Latinx vote since the president seems to have gained substantial support among this cohort. While two-thirds of Latinxs voted for …

It’s Not About Facts Or Fear: What Many Liberals Get Wrong About Religious Conservatives
Nov 19, 2020

By John Stoehr On Monday, the Times ran an article as significant as it was generally overlooked. It was a short interview with Matthew Sheffield, a key architect of the right-wing media apparatus that not only spreads “alternative facts” but maintains an “alternative reality” that millions of Americans inhabit. “I basically built the infrastructure for a lot of …

Why Christian Nationalists Merge Their Religious and Political Identities
Nov 19, 2020 · 2 

By Nancy LeTourneau Paul Ewell, a business professor and dean at Virginia Wesleyan University, wrote on Facebook recently that anyone who supported Biden for president is “ignorant, anti-American and anti-Christian.” Donald Trump was so impressed with the sentiment that he retweeted the quote with a one word commentary: “Progress!” We have, of course, become somewhat immune to that kind …

Churches, synagogues ask Supreme Court to end coronavirus worship limits
Nov 18, 2020

By Devin Dwyer Houses of worship from Nevada to New York, chafing at attendance restrictions imposed by state governors during the coronavirus pandemic, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene on their behalf as a matter of religious freedom. Two Orthodox Jewish synagogues in New York this week joined the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn in asking the justices to …

Religious Freedom Arguments Give Rise To Executive Order Battle
Nov 17, 2020

By Tom Gjelten Key government policies on religious freedom and discrimination, once set through legislation, are increasingly dictated by presidential orders, meaning they shift capriciously from one administration to the next. In 2014, advocates for LGBTQ rights cheered when President Barack Obama unilaterally issued an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating in their hiring practices on …