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Rev. Mindy Fugarino speaks for the Poor People's Campaign at the Missouri capitol onMarch 2nd., 2024. Photograph by Brian Kaylor for Word&Way
Faith in the Public Square – Lament and Scrutiny
March 21, 2024
The Pew Research Center just released a poll examining attitudes about the proper role of religion in society. Then, we look at the Poor People’s Campaign’s rally in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Dr. Greg Smith. Photograph courtesy the Pew Research Center
…Americans Believe Religion is a Force for Good in Society March 21, 2024
That is one of the key findings reinforced by the unhappiness American adults expressed in a new poll released by the Pew Research Center.  Dr. Gregory Smith is joining us on this week’s show.
Gregory A. Smith, Ph,D. Associate director of research at Pew Research Center. He helps to coordinate the Center’s domestic polling on religion. Smith also writes reports and provides information to news media and others about religion and public opinion, religion and American politics, and the political views of Catholics. Smith holds a doctorate in government from the University of Virginia, where he was a fellow at the Center on Religion and Democracy.
Dr. Brian Kaylor. Photograph courtesy Word&Way
…We are pushing back on the misuse of the Bible in the public square March 21, 2024
The leader of Word and Way, a Christian media company, is focused on building conversation spaces for Christians to deal with the MAGA version of Christianity and confront the political manipulation of scripture. Author and editor-in-chief of Word and Way, Dr. Brian Kaylor, joins to share the history and diversity of the Baptist world and why he’s so focused on confronting the emergence of Christian nationalism. He also describes how poverty alleviation advocacy organized by faith and lay leaders is gaining traction in building a multiracial coalition.

The conversation continues as Kaylor describes why the juxtaposition of insurrection and resurrection draws a line between Dr. King’s legacy planning the first Poor People’s Campaign and the struggles of poor people seeking government action. Kaylor discusses how contested the history and perceptions about the January 6th violent insurrection have become a symbol of resistance in Christian terms.

Supporters of the Poor People's Campaign carry a mock casket during a protest at the Missouri Capital  in Jefferson City. Supporters of the Poor People's Campaign in the rotunda of the Missouri State Capital, in Jafferson City.
Supporters of the Poor People's Campaign
March 2nd, 2024, Jefferson City MO
Brian Kaylor for Word&Way

Brian Kaylor, Ph.D., Editor and President of Word&Way since 2016, Award-winning writer and sought-after expert on religion, politics, and communication issues. He also hosts the award-winning podcast Baptist Without An Adjective. He has written for CNN, the Houston Chronicle, the Kansas City Star, the Louisville Courier-Journal, Religion News Service, Roll Call, Sojourners, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Washington Post. Brian has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Missouri and a B.A. in Communication and Christian Ministry from Southwest Baptist University.

Word&Way also publishes an e-newsletter/Substack called A Public Witness.

Some music in this episode was recorded on March 2nd, 2024, by Word&Way
at the Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City during a rally by The Poor People's Campaign.

This week's closing music, New Hope, by Audiobinger,
 used under a Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.

All additional music by Blue Dot Sessions.