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July 10, 2019

Religion reporting with Michelle Boorstein and Unalienable rights with Hunter Baker

Have you ever wondered who the people are behind the by-line in the paper?  Carmen talks with Washington Post Religion reporter Michelle Boorstein @MBoorstein about religion reporting as America becomes both more and less religious. 

Professor Hunter Baker joins Carmen for another effort at thinking in public at the intersection of religion and politics. They discuss the State Department’s formation of a commission on Unalienable Rights and the cultural conversation surrounding a hierarchy of rights today.

Good quotes: “We can talk about what the rights are as long as we don’t talk about where or from whom they come.” That’s really the crux of the issue. Some understand human rights to be derived from God who is both source and authority others see rights as whatever we currently agree those rights are. That sense of democratic autonomy creates an impasse when the religious conscience of some conflicts with the sexual revolution’s advancing front.


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