The Culture Wars have heated up in our country and in Austin
fact that the United States of America is one of the most religious and
one of the most religiously diverse countries on the planet is evidence
that our constitution welcomes and encourages religious life precisely
because it says that the government will not be involved in supporting
one religion or another," said Sam Smoot of the Texas Freedom Network.
Smoot says she has seen a rise in the political power of the religious right and a rise in the belief that there ought to be government support for a certain type of Christianity.
wrote) that having a diversity of views is actually very helpful because
no one group is powerful enough to take control," said Marvin Olasky,
author of Compassionate Conservatism.
Both acknowledge that a cultural war is going on with controversy over many social questions one hot button issue is whether gay couples should be allowed to marry.
Olasky says he doesn't think there's a concerted effort by American Christians to silence other voices or to overpower other religions. Smoot thinks there is a movement to make huge political and social changes in this country and that the very notion of separation of church and state is what's at stake.
Produced by Tom Spencer.
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