With God On Our Side

The increasing presence of the religious right in politics has many people concerned. While most speakers at the Republican convention of 1996 managed to shy away from the anti-abortion, anti-gay rhetoric that was prevalent at the 1992 convention, there is no question that the religious right movement has a growing influence on politics and policy in the United States, from a local to a national level.With God On Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right In America, a six-part television series airing on PBS beginning Septemer 27th (check local listings for time and channel), is the first in-depth and non-partisan look at the rise of the religious right in the United States, from the "Early Crusades" of the 1950s to the Christian Coalition of the 1990s.Made over a three year period, With God On Our Side chronicles one of the most important political and cultural movements of the last fifty years. The series explores how a free society draws the line between church and state while preserving a place for religious conviction in public life, and what happens when politicians and religious activists join forces. The program also shows how the media images of the Religious Right differ from reality.The six hour-long shows use compelling archival footage, and interviews with over one hundred leaders and grassroots activists such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and former Reagan advisor Michael Deaver. Operation Rescue's Randall Terry and The Heritage Foundation's Paul Weyrich, among others, provide important first-person commentary on the growth of the religious right movement and its place in American society today.For more information on the series, contact Suzanne Stenson Harmon, Manager of outreach, ITVS. Ph: 612-225-9035; Fax: 612-225-9102 or via email: Suzanne_Stenson@itvs.pbs.org.

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