The Politics of Faith
In a world that seems increasingly secular, the role of religion remains surprisingly strong. Across the globe, nearly nine out of 10 people say they have some affiliation with religion. Yet, at the same time, conflicts because of religion are on the rise.
“People value the ability to practice their own religion more highly than they do the ability of others in their country to practice their religion. So you could call that somewhat of a religious intolerance gap.” –Brian Grim, Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life
Nearly a third of the world's population faces restrictions on how they worship, risking arrest, imprisonment or even death. This hour, we head to Egypt, Malaysia, China and Russia to examine the religious undercurrents that are sharpening societal divides.
Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / Producers: Anya Ardayeva, Monica Bushman, Mallory Durr, Noel King, and Jennifer Pak / Intern: Andreana Lefton / Additional production help: Flawn Williams / Director of Broadcasting and Station Relations: Steve Martin / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photo credit: Jennifer Pak / Special thanks to Feature Story News / Host: Katherine Lanpher / Airdate: Nov 2011
Katherine Lanpher speaks with Professor Khaled Fahmy of The American University in Cairo about what’s at stake in Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections and the future role of religion in Egyptian society.
Katherine Lanpher talks to Brian Grim, author of “The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century,” about the rise of religious conflict and persecution around the world. -