Word for Word features political commentator and columnist E.J. Dionne on the role of religion in politics. Here's the show description:
Author and Washington Post columnist says the era of the religious right is over and faith can no longer be used as a tool to gain political ground. In his new book, "Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right," Dionne argues that America is about to enter a new progressive era of civic activism and government reform.
In his speech at the Commonwealth Club of California, Dionne says that there is a place for faith in politics, as long as it's paired with humility:
"We need passion for moving our nation out of a period in which public problems went unsolved and the possibilities that brought alliances were lost because narrow political imperatives triumphed over idea of common good. We need humility to understand how prejudices of believers against unbelievers and unbelievers against believers have obstructed our path and blurred our vision."
Has the religious right movement died? Does any one political party have a claim on religion? Are we, as Dionne suggests, about to enter a new progressive era of civic activism and government reform? What is a "moral values" voter in 2008? What should the role of religion in politics be?