Politics, religion and the role of public discourse in our democracy.

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Bishop Mark Seitz and priests from his diocese knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor George Floyd during a protest, El Paso, June 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of Corrie Boudreaux/El Paso Matters (CC BY-ND).

Just weeks away from a historic election, what role will religion play in influencing the candidates and getting out the vote? KCRW’s Jonathan Bastian talks with Randall Balmer, professor of religion at Dartmouth University and an episcopal priest who explains that the influence of religion in today’s political landscape is a relatively new phenomena in America’s history. Later we’ll ask two ministers whether leaders of faith should use their platforms to express their political points of view  or should they stay silent?   

Credits

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producer:
Andrea Brody