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Richard Dawkins On God In American Politics

Aired 4/3/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Guests: Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologists

Sean Faircloth, author of "Attack of the Theocrats"

Transcript

Religious conservatives have become a more powerful political force in the United States in recent years. The strength of the religious right has determined elections, forged policy and overturned court rulings, which happened in California with the Proposition 8 initiative.

But how strong is the religious right really, and does its political power really reflect the conscience of mainstream America?

An emerging group of political secularists say no. The San Diego Coalition of Reason is hosting a seminar on reclaiming American politics based on secular morality and the principle of separation of church and state.

Participating in the event are Richard Dawkins, a renowned evolutionary biologist and author whose works include the best-selling book on atheism called "The God Delusion" and his most recent work "The Magic of Reality."

Also at Friday's seminar will be Sean Faircloth, author of the book "Attack of the Theocrats." He is a former state legislator from Maine.

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