Religion and American Public Opinion

Ted G. Jelen

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780195326529
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Religion and American Public Opinion

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This article focuses on the attitudes toward sexual morality and educational policy, as well as their linkages to religion. Sexual morality, otherwise known as “pelvic politics”, is first discussed. It looks at gay rights and abortion before moving on to a discussion of the partisan connection between these two issues. The second half of the article focuses on the politics of education, specifically school prayer and teaching evolution and creationism. This article shows that empirical research on the attitudes toward social issues has been productive. It has provided a lot of information about how attitudes on personal morality or attitudes toward the role of religion in public education are affected by religious affiliation, beliefs, and practices.

Keywords: sexual morality; educational policy; pelvic politics; gay rights; abortion; politics of education; social issues; personal morality

Article.  12185 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Issues and Debates ; Religious Studies

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