Weekly Roundup: Frederick Douglass on a Divided Nation, Whose Faith Counts as Really American?, and American Exceptionalism in Religious Terms

Brad and Dan begin by drawing on a famous speech by Frederick Douglass in order to put the nail in the coffin on the idea that it is the Democrats’ job to reach across the aisle. They then explain why Republicans think it is okay to attack the faith–including the sermons–of Raphael Warnock, but would not allow one utterance of criticism related to Amy Coney Barrett’s religious belief and practice. They finish by looking at stats that tell the real story of American Exceptionalism–the presence of almost equal numbers of highly religious people (85 million people) and non-religious people (100 million). No other developed country has this kind of religious/non-religious make up. It has important consequences for our politics and culture. 

We finish this episode with a new segment, “He’s No James Madison”. 

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