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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Rise of Religion as Powerful Political Force

In today's post:

Rise of Religion as Powerful Political Force

Excerpts from the CNN press release:

CNN will premiere a six-hour documentary next month on the impact of religious fundamentalism as a powerful political force around the world. Filmed over seven months in six countries and reported by chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, CNN Presents: God’s Warriors will debut over three nights from Tuesday, Aug. 21, to Thursday, Aug. 23, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on CNN Worldwide’s U.S. and international networks.

“As I report around the world, people often ask me about the rise of religious influence on political power within the United States, but in fact this is true worldwide,” Amanpour said. “Wherever I go, what the believers do all have in common is that they want to bring the politics of faith into the very center of public life – we are seeing this now on almost very continent.”

God’s Warriors includes interviews with former President Jimmy Carter about the political impact of the Christian Right in the United States; the Rev. Jerry Falwell – in his last television interview – about the political and cultural legacy of the Moral Majority movement in America; Noa Ben-Artzi, granddaughter of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin, discusses his assassination by a militant Jewish fundamentalist; and Kamal el-Said Habib, a reformed Islamic jihadist who was part of the violent militant group that assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

A companion Web site to God’s Warriors will offer users the opportunity to experience show excerpts from the documentary, listen to an audio podcast about the documentary and view an exclusive video diary that goes behind-the-scenes with producers as they traveled in Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East for principle filming. This online content will launch in August at www.CNN.com/godswarriors. The podcast will also be available for download from iTunes.



Amanpour interviews former President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

Credit: Edward Pio Roda/CNN

God's Christian Warriors,


August 21, 2007 9pm ET/PT

Amanpour reporting for God’s Muslim Warriors in Cairo, Egypt.

Credit: Brent Stirton/CNN

God's Muslim Warriors,


August 22, 2007 9pm ET/PT

Amanpour interviews Yehuda Etzion, a founder of the Jewish settler movement, in Ofrah, Israel.

Credit: Brent Stirton/CNN

God's Jewish Warriors,



August 23, 2007 9pm ET/PT


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Mystery Journalist




This week's Mystery Journalist: Tony Harris

How did you do this week? I'll post another Mystery Journalist clue in Friday's post.

5 comments:

ACAnderFan said...

I guess the mystery journalist!!!! YAY!!! OK just ignore me. I have no idea whay I found guessing the mystery journalist exciting.

Phebe said...

This documentary sounds fascinating. Every religion has its extremists. They grab all the headlines and seem to cause the majority of the controversy.
As to the mystery journalist, I started out so strongly but lately not so good.

Purple Tie said...

I can't wait to see these documentaries. I'm glad CNN is investing more in them. I think that's more legitimate news than some stuff they've had one *cough* Paris Hilton *cough*

Sapphire said...

this special looks so good. I can not wait to see what Christiane has to report. As a theology nut, I am so interested in this.

I should stop guessing the mystery journalist.....after I guessed I knew it was Tony :P

Sheryn said...

I simply cannot wait for this documentary. Anything Ms. Amanpour does is top notch in my opinion. This is just a fascinating subject.

Thanks for the great post, BA!

BTW, LOVE TONY HARRIS!!!