The Politics of Faith

The Politics of Faith

In a world that seems increasingly secular, the role of religion remains surprisingly strong. Across the globe, nearly nine out of 10 people say they have some affiliation with religion. Yet, at the same time, conflicts because of religion are on the rise.

“People value the ability to practice their own religion more highly than they do the ability of others in their country to practice their religion. So you could call that somewhat of a religious intolerance gap.” –Brian Grim, Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life

Nearly a third of the world's population faces restrictions on how they worship, risking arrest, imprisonment or even death. This hour, we head to Egypt, Malaysia, China and Russia to examine the religious undercurrents that are sharpening societal divides.

Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / Producers: Anya Ardayeva, Monica Bushman, Mallory Durr, Noel King, and Jennifer Pak / Intern: Andreana Lefton / Additional production help: Flawn Williams / Director of Broadcasting and Station Relations: Steve Martin / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photo credit: Jennifer Pak / Special thanks to Feature Story News / Host: Katherine LanpherAirdate: Nov 2011

Field Report from Cairo

Noel King examines the political and religious forces that are competing for influence in Egypt as the country transitions from dictatorship to democracy.

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Elections in Egypt

Katherine Lanpher speaks with Professor Khaled Fahmy of The American University in Cairo about what’s at stake in Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections and the future role of religion in Egyptian society.

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Field Report from Kuala Lumpur

Jennifer Pak reports from Kuala Lumpur on escalating tensions between Muslims and Christians in Malaysia.

Faith in China

Katherine Lanpher and Ambassador Stapleton Roy discuss the politics of religion in China.

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Field Report from Moscow

Anya Ardayeva reports from Moscow on the growing ties between the state and the Russian Orthodox Church that are causing tensions with other faiths in Russia.

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Rising Religious Conflict

Katherine Lanpher talks to Brian Grim, author of “The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century,” about the rise of religious conflict and persecution around the world. -

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