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CBS to Present Interfaith Special RELIGION & DEMOCRACY, 6/26

June 10, 2016

RELIGION & DEMOCRACY, a CBS Interfaith Special, looks at the challenges America is facing-as one of the most diverse democratic countries in the world-when it comes to religious hate and intolerance, and in particular examines the conditions that are fueling anti-Muslim sentiment. This special broadcast will air on the CBS Television Network Sunday, June 26 (check local listings).

Among those featured on the program is Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU). A recent ISPU survey revealed that last year Muslims reported more religious discrimination than Jews, Protestants and Catholics. She talks about how living in a climate of fear and intolerance affects the Muslim community and society as a whole.

While Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, the majority of Americans are misinformed about the tradition. Charles C. Haynes, Founding Director of the Religious Freedom Center at the Newseum Institute, is a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center and a leading advocate for teaching about religion in public schools. Haynes argues that the best way to counter intolerance is through religious literacy and that teaching young people about religion is more important now than ever.

We look in on a world-religions class discussion about how Islam is portrayed in the media, and we hear how students have been affected by the class. Their teacher, Chris Murray, at Walter Johnson High School in Maryland, says that most students have very little understanding about religion and that his class makes them better citizens and advocates.


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