A special half-hour documentary titled “Religion, Politics, and Advocacy” made by CBS in conjunction with the Interfaith Broadcasting System will be aired on Sunday, September 27. Check your local listings for time.
“Religion, Politics & Advocacy” looks at the day in the life of a religious advocate — who they are, who they represent and how they lobby Congress on behalf of those who may not have a voice.
We hear from Sister Simone Campbell, advocate for the Catholic Social Justice lobby NETWORK; Dr. Sayid Syeed, a founder of the Islamic Society of North America; Andrew Genszler, Director of the Washington office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Brent Walker, Executive Director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty; and Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
The focus is not on legislation directly affecting the religious groups, but on how religious groups have organized and advocated on issues of broad community concern, such as regulating the tobacco industry and working to alleviate world hunger through Bread for the World.
It’s interesting to note that the groups featured in this program are all Abrahamic traditions. It might be that the producers chose to limit the spectrum of religious groups in order to fit it all into half an hour, or perhaps that these are the religious groups that have been around long enough to develop lobbying capabilities.
- Interfaith special on CBS features religion and advocacy
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