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This Week: Church and State
This Week
June 10, 2005

This week on NOW:

On the rise to political power of the Dominionists, a fringe group of the Christian right, Chris Hedges says: "This movement is different. What it's calling on is for its followers to essentially take control of secular society and create a Christian, what they define as a Christian nation....What they would like to do is impose their...moral agenda on the rest of us." Hedges, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist for THE NEW YORK TIMES, has reported on the religious right, which he has called "a force working with our democracy to destroy it." He has published several books including the bestselling WAR IS A FORCE THAT GIVES US MEANING, WHAT EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WAR, and his latest LOSING MOSES ON THE FREEWAY. He holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and is the recipient of the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.

Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama Roy Moore sparked a national debate and eventually was removed for refusing to move a granite monument of the Ten Commandments from the state Supreme Court building. "The first thing that our forefathers did when they wrote the First Amendment was to acknowledge God," he tells David Brancaccio. "It was all about God. So, when you say that God's not in the Constitution, it is because people don't understand what the Constitution is about." Justice Moore was the first full-time Deputy District Attorney in Etowah County, Alabama, serving in that position from 1977 to 1982. He served as Circuit Judge, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit and was elected as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama in November 2000.

In Depth

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges on faith and politics

Chris Hedges on war reporting

10 Commandments
Roy Moore — The 10 Commandments Judge

Separation of Church and State

The Battle Over the Pledge

Religion and Politics

Religion and Politics

Freedom of Religion Quiz

American Faith Stats


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David Brancaccio talks with Chris Hedges (12:05)

David Brancaccio talks with Roy Moore (10:39)

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