The Fort Hood shootings have raised disturbing questions about Islamic radicalism in the US military. What about Evangelical Christianity? Does it pose its own kind of dangers, especially with US troops on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan? Also, the first EU president, and Oprah Winfrey will be leaving daytime television, but she's not going away. We hear about the impact on broadcast TV now and cable TV in the future.
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A Senate committee is conducting a high profile investigation into the Fort Hood shootings, and the Pentagon is investigating the extent of Islamic radicalism in the military. Meantime, others warn about the growing presence of another kind of widespread religious fundamentalism that's not just condoned, but encouraged by some senior officers: evangelical Christians who proselytize soldiers, Marines and sailors--promoting the idea of "holy war." Critics concede that Evangelicals don't advocate killing, but contend that they undermine military morale and send the wrong message in Muslim countries. We talk about the separation of Church and State, freedom of speech and the impact of religious fundamentalism on national security.
Jeffrey Sharlet, journalist and author (@JeffSharlet)
James Hutchens, former Deputy Chief of Chaplains, US Army
Mikey Weinstein, President, Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Jacqueline Whitt, Assistant Professor of Military History, West Point
Jean Reith Schroedel, Chair of the Department of Politics and Policy, Claremont Graduate University’s School of Politics
Mikey Weinstein and Davin Seay
Nobody was surprised today when Oprah Winfrey announced that her daytime-television talk-show will come to an end about two years from now. What will that mean for the broadcast landscape and for cable TV? Kim Masters is columnist for the Daily Beast.com and host of The Business, produced by KCRW.
Jean Reith Schroedel, co-editor