Episode

4/13 The Power Worshippers & the Rise of Religious Nationalism w/ Katherine Stewart

April 13, 2020

Sam hosts author Katherine Stewart (@kathsstewart) to discuss her new book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism and why the religious right’s network of think tanks, advocacy groups, and pastoral organizations are better organized and funded that we realize.

On today’s show: FRIDAY: Trump says he wants to re-open the economy, criteria is in his head.

Author Katherine Stewart (@kathsstewart) joins Sam to discuss her new book, The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious NationalismWhat is Christian nationalism, or more broadly, religious nationalism? Which came first, the religious doctrine or the drive for power? How Jerry Falwell and the religious right ginned up anger over abortion to protect segregated Christian schools’ tax exempt status. The difference between how these operators talk to their base and how they talk to their big donors. How Betsy Devos fits into that lineage.

On the fun half: Bill Bennett says projections show Covid-19 will kill less people than the flu, which means it’s no worse than the flu. Dave from Jamaica on why the left shouldn’t involve itself in religion, politically. Charlie Kirk says he doesn’t think Dr. Fauci’s testing plan will work because Americans want to go back to work. Creationist Cat flexes on Sam. Fauci explains why White House did not immediately mitigate against Covid-19, said there was a lot of pushback. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): “We need to see China as the enemy here and cut funding to WHO and UN Human Rights Council.” Greg Gutfeld’s interesting 2020 campaign strategy: all the fallout from Covid-19 is socialism! How the “Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act” of 2006 was an effort to destroy the USPS. Andrew Cuomo explains why Di Blasio alone can’t decide to cancel school in NYC: metropolitan area needs to work together. Matt Walsh is outraged and upset that nurses filmed a TikTok during Covid-19. NYC cops manhandle a young boy trying to sell candy on the subway.

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