The 'Brights' and the Role of Godliness in Public Life

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White House supporters are accusing Senate Democrats of trying to prevent Catholics from becoming judges. Catholic Democrats call that a -despicable smear.- Despite the Constitutional separation of church and state, some non-believers claim they-re the ones who are suffering from discrimination. The flap over the role of religion in American public life springs from President Bush-s nomination of Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to an appellate judgeship. A conservative Catholic, Pryor has denounced the Supreme Court for upholding the right to abortion. Is belief in God a qualification for public acceptance? Are Americans as religious as they claim to be? In this archived edition of To the Point, we consider the role of religion in public life with philosophers, religious scholars, and advocates on both sides of the judicial selection process. (This segment was originally broadcast on July 25.)
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On KCRW, this rebroadcast of To the Point will be pre-empted by holiday programming.

The Brights

American Jewish Congress' opposition to Pryor nomination



Warren Olney