The guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday has made a name for herself with her coverage and analysis of Christian nationalism.
Katherine Stewart is a journalist and author whose books include The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Attack on America’s Children and, most recently, The Power Worshipers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. She writes for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Washington Post and is a leading authority on the politics of Christian nationalism, including writing a chapter for the Christian Nationalism and the January 6, 2021, Insurrection report that was produced by the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.
“The ideology is anti-democratic,” she explains to “Freethought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. “It ties the idea of America to a very reactionary understanding of the Christian nation and says that’s what makes us great rather than our constitutional democracy.”
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Upcoming shows will feature actor John de Lancie (portraying “Q” in the new series “Star Trek: Picard”), atheist activist Aron Ra, philosopher Daniel Dennett and novelist John Irving. This fall season already contains must-see interviews with Texas iconoclast Jim Hightower (who will be receiving FFRF’s Clarence Darrow award at its October convention), leading constitutional abortion rights expert Professor Geoffrey Stone, Professor Anthea Butler, an incisive commentator on white Christian nationalism, and atheist Washington Post columnist Kate Cohen.
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