Religion and Politics in America

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Kevin Phillips worked in the White House during the Nixon years and discovered what he called "the Emerging Republican Majority." Sure enough, the party gained strength until it took a fall in last month's elections. The man who predicted the "emerging Republican majority" now says the party has been "transformed," and that the rising power of radical Christians endangers the separation of church and state. We talk with Phillips and Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, a group Phillips says he's alarmed about.  How many Republicans think America should be a Christian state?  Does religion threaten democracy in a diverse country?

Credits

Guests:
Kevin Phillips - former political strategist, Republican Party, Richard Land - Southern Baptist Convention - @erlcsbc, James "Jim" Guth - Professor of Political Science at Furman University

Host:
Warren Olney

Producer:
Karen Radziner