The Biden-Trump Rematch Is Already Here
In a New York Times opinion column, Thomas B. Edsall explores a wide variety of factors at play for the 2024 presidential election. Edsall writes that one of the most significant developments in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election is that, between 2016-2022, the number of white people without college degrees fell by 2.1 million. Furthermore, the education trends favoring Democrats are reinforced by Americans’ changing religious beliefs. PRRI data shows that the white evangelical Protestant share of the population, another core Trump constituency, fell from 23% to 13.9% between 2006 and 2022.
How Religious Liberty Became the Roberts Court’s North Star
For The Christian Science Monitor, Harry Bruinius looks at how the Supreme Court has redefined the meaning of religious freedom in America over the past 18 years. While previous courts issued pro-religion decisions roughly half of the time, scholars say the Roberts court has issued pro-religion decisions in more than 85% of its cases. Public opinion, even among religious Americans, is often at odds with those decisions. For example, PRRI has found wide majorities of every major religious group support nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people.
Parents Aren’t As Conservative as the Right Likes to Think
In response to a weekend tweet from Elon Musk suggesting that the role of parents should be elevated in our country’s political system, Philip Bump of The Washington Post analyzed the political leanings of U.S. adults with children under 18. Along with Musk, parent advocate groups, such as Moms for Liberty, advocate for parents being “the ultimate decision-makers,” specifically targeting discussions of race and the LGBTQ+ community. While earlier analysis from Bump found that parents do slightly lean more moderate, PRRI’s recent report on the politics of gender determined minimal differences between parents (37%) and non-parents (32%) when it comes to their opinions on whether it is appropriate for public schools to teach children about same-sex relationships.
Judge Awards Black Church $1 Million After BLM Banner Burned by Proud Boys During Protest
The Associated Press reports that a judge recently awarded more than $1 million to the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) in downtown Washington, D.C. in its case against the far-right Proud Boys for tearing down and burning the church’s Black Lives Matter banner. In his ruling, the judge also barred the extremist group and its leaders from coming near the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church or making threats or defamatory remarks against the church or its pastor for five years.