|‘Hardball’ goes to church|
Bobbie Patray, president of the Eagle Forum of Tennessee, makes a point during a panel discussion on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" at Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville. Flanking Patray are Two Rivers pastor Jerry Sutton (right) and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. Photo by Bill Peoples
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--No battles were won and no moral issues were solved but guests on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" all agreed on one point: very few countries in the world besides the United States allow public debate like the one broadcast June 28 from Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn.
Focusing on the role of religion in American politics, the show's panelists offered a wide spectrum of views on such topics as the role of evangelicals in today's pluralistic society, the recent Supreme Court decision to ban the Ten Commandments from all courtrooms and the right to life, both at birth and at death in regard to the Terri Schiavo case.
|Land & Matthews|
SBC ethics leader Richard Land dialogues with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews as author/speaker Tony Campolo listens. Photo by Bill Peoples
Welcoming the studio audience before the show began, host Matthews relayed his experience at the recent Billy Graham crusade in New York and shared how impressed he was that such a diverse group of people was brought together by the elderly evangelist. "I don't discount the importance of religion in politics," Matthews said. "We're used to saying 'never argue politics or religion'; tonight we're doing both." Read More