Monday, August 29, 2005

Brokaw on Evangelical Christians

Mike Herman from Christianity Today forwarded to me this afternoon the following press release from NBC News: . . .


"Tom Brokaw Reports: In God They Trust" Airs on Friday, Sept. 9 at 8PM/ET

(New York, N.Y.) - August 29, 2005 - In a country where mixing politics and religion isn't new, religious conservatives are front and center in what they see as an ongoing war over the culture of America. Evangelical Christians have become a powerful force in American culture, politics and the economy; their strong faith is the underpinning of their way of life and they're determined to spread the word. In the upcoming "Tom Brokaw Reports: In God They Trust," to be broadcast on Friday, Sept. 9 (8 PM/ET), Brokaw explores why so many Americans are turning to this expression of faith, and asks whether or not some Evangelicals are going too far - imposing their spiritual beliefs not only for personal reasons but also for political reasons.

For the hour-long documentary, Brokaw travels to New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Col., to talk with some of the new Evangelical leaders, the American families who are determined to re-shape the social contours of this country, and cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy, which is located just down the street from the church. Brokaw interviews at length, Ted Haggard, President of the National Association of Evangelicals, representing 45,000 churches, and New Life's pastor. Haggard, who speaks regularly with the White House, tells Brokaw that America is entering a new period of religious intensity that will alter both souls and society, and that although we live in a pluralistic society, "...all of us have a responsibility to advance God's will through government."

It will be interesting to see how Brokaw and NBC handles this topic.


At Tuesday, August 30, 2005 3:57:00 PM, Blogger Tim said...

Mickey - One would hope that they would be objective. But two things in the press release make me wonder. First is the title "In God They Trust". Is Tom Brokaw starting from an "us vs. them" position? And second, "imposing their spiritual beliefs not only for personal reasons but also for political reasons." This seems to indicate, by use of the word 'imposing', that the Evangelical Christians are forcing others to believe or accept what they believe. I would be interested to see how they react when someone, such as Fox news, does a story asking "Is the left going to far, imposing homosexuality on heterosexual America?" One would think that the non-evangelical left goes about their daily business ignoring politics and cultural issues.


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