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American values may be compatible with the Christian Bible…but the Founding Fathers insisted on the separation of church and state. Yet many Americans believe they live in a historically "Christian Nation." We hear about a long-running campaign to associate religion and politics.

Also, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack is released from jail, and the US and Cuba face off and come together at the Summit of the Americas.  

Photo: Scott Hudson

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Sasa Woodruff
Benjamin Gottlieb

Mastermind of Mumbai Terror Attack Is Released from Jail 6 MIN, 30 SEC

There is more tension today between two countries with nuclear arsenals.  A court in Pakistan has sparked outrage in India by releasing the accused mastermind of the terror attack that killed 166 people in Mumbai seven years ago.  Jon Boone, Pakistan correspondent for the Guardian, joins us from Islamabad.

America Is a "Christian Nation" — Since When? 33 MIN, 52 SEC

The Constitution never mentions God, and the Founding Fathers were adamant about the separation of Church and State. The Pledge of Allegiance didn't say "under God" until the 1950's, and that's when the phrase "In God We Trust" showed up on the dollar bill. Those are examples used by Kevin Kruse, a Princeton historian, to support his thesis in the new book, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America.

So why do so many Americans consider this is a Christian nation? We hear how Big Business used religion to discredit the New Deal, organized labor and government regulation. Socialism was demonized, and God associated with Free Enterprise Capitalism… all the way to the White House. Is that legacy still with us?   

Guests:
Kevin Kruse, Princeton University (@KevinMKruse)
Gary Smith, Grove City College
Alan Cooperman, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (@AlanCooperman)
Mary Ellen Sikes, Secular Majority (@SecularCensus)

More:
Smith's 'Religion in the Oval Office: The Religious Lives of American Presidents'
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
American Secular Census

One Nation Under God

Kevin M. Kruse

Defrosting US-Cuba Relations Overshadows Summit of the Americas 9 MIN, 41 SEC

Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro have talked on the phone, and Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez have met behind closed doors. Before leaving for the Summit of the Americas, President Obama said he was close to removing Cuba from America’s terror list, as the State Department recommended yesterday. So the stage is set for an historic encounter in Panama City.

Josh Lederman is with the Associated Press in Panama City. Ann Louise Bardach was on a Brookings Cuba studies panel, which proposed removing Cuba from the US terror list when Obama was first elected.

More:
Bendixen & Amandi poll of Cubans

Without Fidel

Ann Louise Bardach

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