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May Journalists' Roundtable
May 31, 2019
We explore challenges to Roe vs. Wade, Ramadan celebrations at the Capitol, and The Satanic Temple's new tax-exempt status.
Journalists' Roundtable May 31, 2019
Our panel this month discusses a dramatic new chapter in abortion politics in the U.S. In the wake of a slew of new state legislation aimed to make it nearly impossible to get an abortion, we look at the ways different faith groups answer the question: When does life begin? Then we hear about iftars – the nightly feasts that break the daily fasts of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. One happened on Capitol Hill, another, at the White House. Later, our panelists talk about the installation of a key new cleric in the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S., Archbishop Gregory Wilton, who takes the helm of the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., at a time when many Catholics are looking for decisive leadership in response to the denomination’s sex abuse crisis. We also explore new state efforts to encourage the teaching of the Bible in public schools. And finally we discuss The Satanic Temple – a group that fights government privileging of Christians: TST recently won the tax-exempt status the IRS awards to religious institutions.

Julie Zauzmer, religion reporter at The Washington Post
Matthew Bell, reporter for PRI’s The World 

Ethics and Morality in Game of Thrones May 31, 2019
The television juggernaut “Game of Thrones” came to an end this month after eight thrilling seasons. Our guest argues that the show has strong religious themes running through it, but also, that it is itself like religion. In an age when people are increasingly dissociating themselves from institutionalized faith, Winston says Game of Thrones spins a story that is very much like Scripture, raising moral questions that swirl around morally complex characters. People watch and together – over the water cooler and online – wrestle with the values that play out on screen.

Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. To read Winston's piece in Newsweek, click here.