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America's Religious Identity
May 25, 2018
There are a lot of things that Americans can agree on. Whether our country is a fundamentally Christian nation is not one of them. 
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Do you have to be Christian to be a true American? May 25, 2018
The Pew Research Center finds that a third of surveyed U.S. residents say being Christian is very important to being an American, while an equal third think it’s not at all important. But that former group of voters is having a big impact on the country’s political system. A study called “Make America Christian Again: Christian Nationalism and Voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election” found a strong link between those who voted for Trump and those who believe the U.S. is a uniquely Christian country.

Andrew Whitehead, assistant professor of sociology at Clemson University 
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Despite Christian nationalism’s impact, most Americans value religious acceptance May 25, 2018
The View of the Electoral Research Survey made a curious finding: many voters who believe the U.S. is a Christian nation also believe it’s important for Americans to be accepting of other religions and races. In other words, this acceptance is considered to be a core value of Americans. We learn about a group that’s working to grow religious acceptance, Loudoun Interfaith Bridges in northern Virginia. 

Paria Akhaven, chair of Loudoun Interfaith Bridges
Susan Mandel Giblin, board member and executive director of Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers
Holding to U.S. values to prevent hate May 25, 2018
The U.S. public is fairly divided on whether someone must be Christian to be considered American. At the same time, a majority of people say it’s very important for Americans to accept people of diverse racial and religious backgrounds. But there are those who would reject that notion entirely - who believe that true Americans are white and Christian. We explored the relationship between the Christian Identity movement and white nationalism in the far right on last week’s show, and we know that hate groups are increasing in number. So how do we combat that?

Michael Lieberman, Washington Counsel of the Anti-Defamation League and director of the ADL's Civil Rights Policy Planning Center