SUPPORT AR NOW

We have no underwriters, government grants or advertising income. Radio stations receive our programming free of charge. We have no T-shirts, coffee mugs or refrigerator magnets. We depend upon your donations, subscriptions, and program purchases to keep the lights on at AR.

Help AR spread its progressive message to larger audiences at a time when it's particularly needed! We have no underwriters, government grants or advertising income. Radio stations receive our programming free of charge. We depend solely on you, our listeners, to sustain us. You can mail us a check for any amount. Send your check to Alternative Radio, PO Box 551, Boulder, CO 80306. Or just give us a call at (800) 444-1977, Monday–Thursday 9–5pm.

DonateSubscribe

Religion and Progressive Politics

Program #JENR002. Recorded in Boulder, CO on October 14, 2009.

The presence of religion in U.S. politics is extensive. There is no shortage of preachers promising salvation. Some tend to be strongly conservative and promote a right-wing agenda. But there is a counter-tradition from the progressive side. It goes back to Dorothy Day, the Berrigan brothers, Martin Luther King, Jr., to the present with Sister Helen Prejean struggling to end the death penalty and Father Roy Bourgeois fighting to close the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, a major training center for Latin American tyrants. They see justice and peace as fulfilling social gospel injunctions. Their activism stirs controversy and debate. There's an interesting quote which captures some of this. A Brazilian archbishop once said, "When I feed the poor, they call me a saint, when I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."

Speaker(s):

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen is professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin. He is the author of Citizens of the Empire, The Heart of Whiteness, All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, and Arguing for Our Lives.

Customer Reviews

No reviews yet Write a review

Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty

(800) 444-1977
info@alternativeradio.org