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GRITtv Interview: What’s The Difference Between Wright and Parsley?

Barack Obama has taken flack for the Christian cross that suddenly appeared on his campaign literature in Kentucky. But the Illinois Senator is hardly the only pol tacking religion to his sleeve. Do voters want politicians to flaunt their faith for votes? 68% told Interfaith Alliance pollsters not. But just about every Democratic consultant says Democrats should ignore the secularists in their base. Austin Dacey thinks there is a way for non-believers to compete.

Also in this interview: in a media environment that flees from criticizing anyone’s religion (however sick), why was Jeremiah Wright fair game when John McCain’s “War on Islam” cleric Rod Parsley was not? Wright’s problem, Dacey says, is that he violated secular/political protocol by talking about US empire and white supremacy.

Austin Dacey is on the editorial staff of Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry Magazines, and is the author of the new book: The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life. I spoke with him in the GRITtv studio today.

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GRITtv Interview: What’s The Difference Between Wright and Parsley?

Barack Obama has taken flack for the Christian cross that suddenly appeared on his campaign literature in Kentucky. But the Illinois Senator is hardly the only pol tacking religion to his sleeve. Do voters want politicians to flaunt their faith for votes? 68% told Interfaith Alliance pollsters not. But just about every Democratic consultant says Democrats should ignore the secularists in their base. Austin Dacey thinks there is a way for non-believers to compete.

In a media environment that flees from criticizing anyone’s religion (however sick), why was Jeremiah Wright fair game when John McCain’s “War on Islam” cleric Rod Parsley was not? Wright’s problem, Dacey says, is that he violated secular/political protocol by talking about US empire and white supremacy.

Austin Dacey is on the editorial staff of Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry Magazines, and is the author of the new book: The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life.

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Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.

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