Saturday, January 30, 2010

Is Avoiding Taxes Patriotic?

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported that 29 American Defense Contractors used offshore foreign subsidiaries from 2003 to 2008 to avoid paying social security and medicare payroll taxes.

The biggest offender was Kellog, Brand and Root (KBR).

Is it good business practice to avoid paying payroll taxes for the long term health and benefit of your employees? Is it patriotic?

Why do stock holders continue to employ executives who engage in such practices?

Why aren't stock holders penalized for accepting dividends from companies that transfer their social responsibilities to honest taxpayers?

Why has the Supreme Court ruled that irresponsible corporate "persons" like KBR should be permitted to devote unlimited resources to elect politicians of their own choosing?

French Premier Nicholas Sarkozy's outburst against bankers who "made a fast buck with other people's money" could be directed toward more than just bankers. The malady seems to permeate our entire legal, political and economic system.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Still Snowing

I stepped out onto my front porch at 4:20 PM to snap this picture. It has been snowing since about 10:30 AM this morning. We've got well over a foot of snow on top of 3/4 inch of ice that we got last night.

And, it's still snowing -- with huge snow flakes. Just look at them.

No, that's not dirt on a window pane, there's nothing but air between me and the trees. No, there's no lint or moisture on my camera lens.

All those white specs are snowflakes -- including the dark one in the upper left hand corner.

What Does Book Banning Accomplish?

A couple days ago the newswires were full of stories about the Southern California school district that banned copies of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary from the classroom because a parent was offended by its definition of "oral sex."

Today the newswires are full of stories about the Culpepper County Virginia school district that removed "unedited" versions of Anne Frank's Diary from its bookshelves.

If you actually look at the passages in these books that are supposed to be offensive, you will find that there is nothing prurient in either one.

Frankly, much more prurient interest was generated by the Baptist preachers and TV Evangelists who were obsessed by the desire to publicly denounce President Clinton's peccadilloes with Monica Lewinsky than by the dictionary and the diary combined.

How many teenagers in the 1990's had heard of "oral sex" before right-wing preachers worked overtime to have President Clinton impeached?

How many teenagers today would have thought to look up "oral sex" in a dictionary before Merriam-Webster Dictionaries were banned in Southern California?

How many teenagers would have been interested in reading an "unedited" version of Anne Frank's Diary before a school district in Virginia banned it?

Unintended consequences are still consequences.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Are Oklahomans Preparing to Imprison Liberal Ministers?

There's some confusion about the bill (HB 3408) that this blog was discussing.

I'm pulling this post until the confusion clears.

Is Democracy in America a Useful Fiction?

TruthDig has posted an essay by Chris Hedges entitled "Democracy in America is a Useful Fiction." Hedges has long been warning that the U.S. has become a proto-fascist state. Hedges is much more pessimistic than I am, but, as the "military-industrial complex" (President Eisenhower's term) , the "terror-industrial complex" (Colin Powell's term) and multinational corporate "persons" (U.S. Supreme Court's term) secure more and more power, his warnings appear to be increasingly relevant.

Here's an insightful paragraph from Hedges latest screed:
The uniformity of opinion is reinforced by the skillfully orchestrated mass emotions of nationalism and patriotism, which paints all dissidents as "soft" or "unpatriotic." The "patriotic" citizen, plagued by fear of job losses and possible terrorist attacks, unfailingly supports widespread surveillance and the militarized state. This means no questioning of the $1 trillion in defense-related spending. It means that the military and intelligence agencies are held above government, as if somehow they are not part of government. The most powerful instruments of state power and control are effectively removed from public discussion. We, as imperial citizens, are taught to be contemptuous of government bureaucracy, yet we stand like sheep before Homeland Security agents in airports and are mute when Congress permits our private correspondence and conversations to be monitored and archived. We endure more state control than at any time in American history.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Harvest of Rage

Since Joseph Farah at WorldNet Daily maligned me for saying there are "extremists" within the Christian faith, a number of right-wing bloggers have echoed his statements over the internet. In addition to denying Christian extremism, Farah and his blogging buddies are distorting the record regarding the beliefs of Timothy McVeigh. They contend that McVeigh distanced himself from Christianity in an interview he gave to Time Magazine in 2001. Did he? Here's what he said:
TIME: Are you religious?

MCVEIGH: I was raised Catholic. I was confirmed Catholic (received the sacrament of confirmation). Through my military years, I sort of lost touch with the religion. I never really picked it up, however I do maintain core beliefs.

TIME: Do you believe in God?

MCVEIGH: I do believe in a God, yes. But that's as far as I want to discuss. If I get too detailed on some things that are personal like that, it gives people an easier way alienate themselves from me and that's all they are looking for now.
All this text discloses is that McVeigh distanced himself from Catholicism, not Christianity. It also reveals that he did not want to discuss his faith further because he knew most people would find it repulsive. So, what was repulsive about his faith? Was he an atheist? No. Was he a secular humanist? No. What do we know about his beliefs at the time he was bombing the federal building in Oklahoma City?

There is no doubt that Timothy McVeigh was deeply influenced by the Christian Identity movement. Christian Identity is a profoundly racist and theocratic form of faith that developed in the late 1970's and spread like wildfire through rural communities throughout the U.S. in the 1980's.

The chief guidebook for Christian Identity eschatology is The Turner Diaries written by William Pierce under the pseudonym Andrew MacDonald. The book is a fictional account of the "day of judgment" for which Identity adherents are preparing. Here's a summary of the book by Joel Dyer, author of Harvest of Rage: Why Oklahoma City is Only the Beginning (1997) -- by far the best explanation in print for what led to the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City:
In his book The Turner Diaries, Pierce describes a race war that ends with the government being overthrown. Pierce’s book is more than fiction. The most radical elements of the movement view it as a vision or blueprint for action. In the book, the Aryan forces used armored car robberies to finance their revolution. In real life, the radical white supremacist group called "the Order" used Pierce's book as a guide to their armored car robberies in the Northwest. In the book, the revolutionaries blow up a federal building as part of their antigovernment war. In real life, the bombing of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Building was almost a carbon copy of the incident in Pierce's book. As I mentioned earlier, Timothy McVeigh had photocopies of a portion of The Turner Diaries with him when he was arrested. McVeigh also sold copies of the book at gun shows around the country.
Later in Dyer's book he describes the obsession McVeigh had with The Turner Diaries:
And then there was The Turner Diaries. Friends have said that it was McVeigh’s favorite book. Some accounts have described McVeigh’s appreciation for William Pierce’s violent book of racist fiction as something more than literary zeal. McVeigh is said to have slept with the book under his pillow. After leaving the [military] service, McVeigh sold the book at gun shows, sometimes for less than his own cost. Fellow gun-show merchants said it was as if the contents of the book were his religion and he was looking for recruits. The Turner Diaries apparently changed McVeigh's life.
Some researchers deny that William Pierce is an adherent of Christian Identity faith and contend that he merely uses God-talk to appeal to his more religious readers. Pierce's personal religious beliefs are not at issue here. In my opinion, McVeigh was one of those who responded to the traces of Christian Identity beliefs that are woven into Pierce's book. This opinion is supported by Dyer's belief that McVeigh felt the need to receive advanced authorization from a secret common-law or military court:
By holding a military court, hard-core radicals can keep their violent plans a secret, while still using the idea of a court to cleanse their conscience. Based upon the movement's almost sacred need to justify its actions, we can assume that for many pipe-bomb incidents, assassinations, church burnings, and acts of paper terrorism, there is a cell of at least five people involved and that there was a common-law or military court trial that took place beforehand, . . .

Did the cell of radicals who blew up the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City hold a military-style trial beforehand? I suspect the answer is yes. Many of my contacts within the movement have told me it's likely such a trial took place. But they deny having any firsthand knowledge of such an event.
Dyer does not mention all the evidence that exists that ties McVeigh to the Christian Identity movement. More than anyone else, Dyer provides the deepest insight into the traumatic psychological experiences that have created a void in the lives of people who find Christian Identity appealing.

In a nutshell, orthodox Christianity ignored the pain and neglected the injustices that were being inflicted on rural America by our government. Christian Identity offered those in the absolute depths of despair convenient scapegoats to blame. Then they offered them a revolutionary purpose that gives meaning to their lives and hope for the future. Unfortunately, the future they hope for has little room for people of other races or of other faiths.

Dyer's worry about the possibility of upheaval at the turn of the century is now dated, but the subtitle of his book still holds true. Oklahoma City was only the beginning of the harvest of rage. Our current "Great Recession" has recreated and compounded conditions almost identical to those that led to rage in the heartland in the mid 1990's. This time the entire country is being affected.

It's time for Dyer to do an update and revision of his outstanding book.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Poteau Does Ten Commandments Monument Right

The Daily Oklahoman is reporting that residents of Poteau in Le Flore County Oklahoma have erected a Ten Commandments monument on the lawn of a bank in their city.

Originally intented for the lawn of their county courthouse, citizens of Poteau decided that private property, rather than public property, was a better place to put monuments that endorse religion.

Kudos to the citizens of Poteau for realizing that the government must remain benevolently neutral in regard to religion.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Jefferson's Act Proposed in Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma State Senator Tom Ivester of Sayre, Oklahoma has offered a joint resolution (SJR70) to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to include the text of Thomas Jefferson's Act for Religious Liberty.

Kudos to Senator Ivester.

Now, if we could get someone to offer a joint resolution to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to include the text of James Madison's Memorial and Remonstrance.

This could be a very good way to educate Oklahomans about the real original intent of our nation's founders regarding separation of church and state.

Is There a Future for Denominationalism?

Faith & Leadership, a website for Leadership Education offered by Duke Divinity School, has posted an essay by L. Gregory Jones entitled "What's the future of Denominations?" with video interviews of Brian McLaren, Sarah Davis, and Wesley Granberg-Michaelson.

Jones asks four helpful questions for projecting the future for denominations. His essay is well worth reading. I haven't had time to view the videos yet, but suspect that they are of equally high quality.

Personally, I think the Baptist legacy regarding separation of church and state -- ensuring equal liberty of conscience for all as a constitutional right -- will only survive if we reconfigure our partnerships and unite with people beyond the Baptist denomination.

Many Baptists are now genuinely hostile to the traditional Baptist distinctive that promotes equal religious liberty for all. Other denominations have taken the lead in advocating for a genuinely pluralistic democracy.

We need to find ways to create new alliances to promote the common good that cross denominational lines. Such alliances could lead to reconfigurations of American Christianity that project a future for churches that is beyond traditional denominationalism.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Searching for Second Generation Baptists

Dr. Carl Kell, who has edited several books about the takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention, is searching for the children of victims of the SBC takeover.

If you are the child of someone who has lost a job, position or church during the takeover and have a story to tell about how it affected you, Carl Kell is looking for you.

Here's a link with more information.

On Civility and the Internet

Wade Burleson has posted a blog listing his "Ten Commandments for Christian Civility on the Internet". His list is also included in an essay by him in a book by Smyth & Helwys entitled Christian Civility in an Uncivil World.

There are several thoughtful and helpful essays in the book. Burleson's is among the best.

No one has given more attention to communicating with critics over the internet with civility than Wade Burleson. Only Wade knows how much abuse he has taken from fellow Christians -- mostly, Southern Baptists.

Anyone who follows Wade's blog knows that he honestly tries to practice what he preaches. He has been very careful to respond to his critics with a patient and loving spirit.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

CAIR-OK is Not a front for terrorists

The Daily Oklahoman has reported that an Oklahoma congressional candidate tried to lead a protest against a meeting that the Oklahoma Chapter of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) had planned to hold in Moore, Oklahoma. When Razi Hashmi, Executive Director of CAIR-OK, learned of the proposed protest, he moved his meeting to the Mosque in Oklahoma City.

Meanwhile, Kevin Calvey, a former state legislator now running for a congressional seat, led a protest against the organization at an empty Melody Hall in Moore. Calvey says CAIR is a front for terrorist groups.

Shame on Kevin Calvey and those who engaged in his protest around an empty building in Moore. CAIR is not a front for terrorists. It is an organization that fosters the common good by improving understanding and community relations between Americans of the Islamic faith and other faiths. Calvey owes an apology to CAIR-OK and the Islamic community.

I interviewed Razi Hashmi, Executive Director of CAIR-OK, on my radio program last November. Here's a link to a podcast of that interview.

NOTE: The video accompanying the story about CAIR's meeting on the Daily Oklahoman's website is of Razi Hashmi, not of Imam Imad Enchassi.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Satan's Letter to Pat Robertson

Thanks to Charles Kimball for calling my attention to an open letter from Satan to Pat Robertson that was published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

It is the second letter at this link.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Denzel Washington Promotes Baptist-Muslim Documentary

Ethics Daily has just posted a story about statements that Denzel Washington made last night on the "106 and Park" program on Black Entertainment Television. He had seen the documentary "Different Books, Common Word," found it "interesting" and lamented the fact that it was being shown in some markets at an hour when no one would see it.

Thank-you Denzel. Mainstream Baptists and the Islamic community in Oklahoma hope some ABC affiliates, particularly the one in Dallas, will decide to air the program at an hour when people are awake.

I'll post a link to video of Denzel's statement when it becomes available.

Mama, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Bankers

Paul Krugman has written an Op-Ed entitled "Bankers Without a Clue" in regard to the testimony of big bank executives before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Americas best and brightest bankers are all pleading ignorance about the cause of our current economic crisis, so Krugman, a Nobel Prize winning economist, offers to enlighten them. Here's some of what he said:
"Consider what has happened so far: The U.S. economy is still grappling with the consequences of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression; trillions of dollars of potential income have been lost; the lives of millions have been damaged, in some cases irreparably, by mass unemployment; millions more have seen their savings wiped out; hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, will lose essential health care because of the combination of job losses and draconian cutbacks by cash-strapped state governments.

And this disaster was entirely self-inflicted. This isn't like the stagflation of the 1970s, which had a lot to do with soaring oil prices, which were, in turn, the result of political instability in the Middle East. This time we're in trouble entirely thanks to the dysfunctional nature of our own financial system. Everyone understands this — everyone, it seems, except the financiers themselves."
Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be bankers.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

On Heros and Heretics

Al Mohler has posted a blog voicing his displeasure with an essay by Tony Cartledge about Lottie Moon and C. H. Toy at Ethics Daily. More than anything, Cartledge raised Mohler’s ire by portraying C. H. Toy as a "Baptist hero." Cartledge wrote,
Increasingly, I have also come to admire Crawford Toy, who was no less devoted to Christ, and who was willing to suffer rejection by Southern Baptists rather than surrender to the narrow-minded demand that he forgo scholarship and limit his teaching to popularly accepted notions.
Mohler labels Toy a "heretic" because, after he was forced from his position at Southern Seminary and went on to have a distinguished career at Harvard University, he joined a Unitarian Church.

I have no insight into C.H. Toy’s personal relationship with Christ, I am not authorized to pass judgment upon it (Matt 7:1), and I am not inclined to pay attention to men or women who presume to have such authority.

For the record, I would not hesitate to call Toy a Baptist hero. Baptists began as defenders of "soul liberty" and "liberty of conscience." Considering the way, in Toy's experience, Baptists had abandoned that belief, it is not hard to comprehend what made Unitarianism appealing to him. Unitarians are unashamed and unflinching in their defense of "liberty of conscience."

In my own experience, I have often found more genuine spiritual sensitivity, more serious theological dialogue and inquiry, and more sacrificial, self-giving service in some of the Unitarian churches that I have visited than in some of the Baptist churches in which I have been a member.

Still Required Reading

Three years ago I wrote a blog that said Damon Linker's The Theocons was required reading for moderate Baptists. It still is. Here's a reprise of that blog.

Damon Linker's book, The Theocons: Secular America Under Seige should be required reading for all moderate, Mainstream Baptists. It helped me understand some of the reasons for the recent convergence between Roman Catholic and Southern Baptist thought.

I nearly didn't buy the book. The title put me off. I'm not a "secular American," I am a "religious American" and a Baptist minister. The book did not appear to be addressed to me. If fact, however, the book is essential reading for all who value the Baptist legacy of religious liberty and separation of church and state. Everyone who values pluralistic democracy is "under seige."

Linker is the former editor of the very influential "theoconservative" flagship journal, First Things. He came to realize that the ideology being promulgated by that magazine "was having a significant negative influence on the country" and decided that he had to do what he could to counteract that influence.

What he did was to write the definitive expose of the efforts of Richard John Neuhaus, Michael Novak, George Weigel and others involved with the Institute for Religion and Democracy who are working "to make America Catholic." (p. 67) The chief impediment to their efforts was the promise Catholic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy gave to Baptist ministers in Houston in 1960. Kennedy said,

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute -- where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be a Catholic) how to act and no Protestant minister would tell his parishoners for whom to vote -- where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference. . . . I believe in an America . . . where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials. . . . I believe in a president whose views on religion are his own private affair, neither imposed by him on the nation nor imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.
Linker documents four decades of work that has reframed Catholic thought and theology for the consumption of conservative Protestants and evangelicals and made them allies in their political struggle to "Catholicize" the United States. Their influence on the fundamentalists who took over the Southern Baptist Convention, on other conservative evangelicals and moderate Protestants, and even on moderate Baptists has been profound.

Here's a quote:

At a series of discreet meetings beginning in September 1992, Neuhaus, Weigel, Jesuit theologian Avery Dulles, and four other Catholics worked on drafting a statement of common cause with (Chuck) Colson and seven other conservative Protestants, including representatives of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Pentecostal Assemblies of God, and the World Evangelical Fellowship. . . .

Although much of the statement sought to find common ground on theological and doctrinal matters, the document's longest section -- titled "We Contend Together" -- set out an ambitious political agenda using concepts, terms, arguments, and rhetoric unmistakably derived from the writings of Neuhaus, Weigel, Novak and Pope John Paul II.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Podcast: John Esposito Interview

Podcast (24MB Mp3) of Dr. Bruce Prescott's 1-10-2010 "Religious Talk" radio interview with John Esposito, Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. We talk about the film "Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think." Dr. Esposito is interviewed in the film.

The film is currently being shown at colleges and universities across the U.S. The film will be shown at the University of Oklahoma at 7:00 PM on 1-23-10 at Meacham Auditorium. It will be followed by a panel discussion. Dr. Esposito will be one of the panelists.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Two Thumbs Up and Eight Fingers Too!

A few weeks ago an entry at “the church and postmodern culture” weblog caught my attention. It was a blog by Carl Raschke, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver, reviewing the first two chapters of the book "Whose Community, Which Interpretation" by Merold Westphal.

The title of Westphal’s book leapt out at me because it was precisely the title that I had contemplated on using if I ever got around to extending and expanding my critique of Baptist communitarianism. Expanding that critique needed to begin with an introduction in layman’s terms to the hermeneutics of Hans Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricouer -- a very tall order -- along with an explanation of the liberal political philosophy of John Rawls and then contrast those thinkers with the communitarian thought of Alasdair MacIntyre, Stanley Hauerwas and their Baptist disciples. I’ve never had time to devote to such a project. Now, if anyone should desire to take up that project, the most challenging part of the task has already been done in superb style and with brilliant insight by Merold Westphal.

Here is one draught from a book filled to the brim with penetrating analysis and productive insight:
Viewed as political theory, communitarianism is dangerous, for in such a role it would make the state the principal teacher of morality. Reflecting an anxiety in the face of cultural pluralism and a nostalgia for a more nearly homogeneous society, it forgets the dangers that liberalism was designed to address and opens the way to intolerant and even violent domination of minorities by cultural majorities or even of majorities by militant minorities.

But we are not doing political theory [Westphal discusses political liberalism and communitarianism as models for the church], and in fact communitarianism is a far better model for the church than it is for the state. Churches derive their identity from their theologies, which are comprehensive doctrines with substantial metaphysical and moral dimensions; so they are, from a communitarian perspective, well suited to be the moral teachers of their members and to bear moral witness to the larger society in which they find themselves.
Westphal goes on to discuss "the church as conversation" based on the model of political liberalism and informed by the communitarian model as a "useful heuristic."

I give this book the highest possible recommendation. Two thumbs up and eight fingers too. It is essential reading for all free and faithful Baptists and for all thoughtful evangelical Christians.

Parham Responds to Farah

Robert Parham has posted a story at Ethics Daily that corrects the distortions published by Joseph Farah in the WorldNetDaily yesterday.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

On Reading Between the Lines

Joseph Farah, editor-in-chief at WorldNetDaily, writes a column entitled "Between the Lines." On at least one occasion he has filled the blank space between lines of dialogue with his own prejudice against this Mainstream Baptist. He does that in a diatribe today against me and the documentary about Baptists and Muslims entitled "Different Books, Common Word" that is currently airing on ABC-TV affiliate stations.

Twisting the facts, while insinuating that I am a "moral relativist," he published a column that portrays me as exclaiming that "Christians are terrorists, too." For the record, I did not say that and Farah knows it -- or, at least, he ought to know it. He goes on to accurately quote me as saying, "We have extremists in both our faiths."

The documentary is about Baptists and Muslims and not about McVeigh, who was a Catholic. Farah focuses on McVeigh to deflect attention from the kind of fundamentalist Christian extremists -- clearly named in the documentary -- who insist on deliberately stoking embers that could promote violent conflict between Christianity and Islam.

I have never corresponded or spoken with Farah. If he had asked me to identify extremists within my own faith -– something which he did not do, though his writing leaves the impression that he did -- I would have quickly identified some Baptists for him -- as I did for the producers of the documentary.

Sincere Christians can ill afford to tolerate journalism and commentary that takes such a cavalier attitude toward the truth. Too many lives are at stake and the credibility of our witness is on the line.

2.7% of Oklahomans have Food Stamps and Nothing Else

The Oklahoma Policy Institute has just posted a blog revealing that 2.7 percent of the population of Oklahoma reports that they have zero income and live entirely on food stamps.

Oklahoma has nearly 100,000 completely impoverished people.

Banker, can you spare a buck?

The End is Coming!

Scientists are now predicting that the end will come when T Pyxidis, a supernova, explodes.

We've got 3,000 light years to watch it coming.

Unless . . . it has already exploded and the light hasn't reached us yet.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Was Mohammad a Terrorist?

A number of people who viewed the documentary "Different Books, Common Word" on ABC-TV have asked me about the ad featured in the documentary that Mainstream Baptists put in the Norman Transcript. We placed the advertisement in response to some defamatory and incendiary statements made by prominent Baptists about Mohammad.

Here's a link to a copy of the ad: Was Mohammad a Terrorist?

Monday, January 04, 2010

Podcast: Robert Parham Interview

Podcast (34MB Mp3) of Dr. Bruce Prescott's 1-3-10 "Religious Talk" radio interview with Dr. Robert Parham, Executive Director of the Baptist Center for Ethics. We talk about the premier of his documentary "Different Books, Common Word" that began airing on ABC-TV affiliate stations that day.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Mainstream Baptists featured in ABC Documentary

Several Mainstream Baptists and other moderate Baptists are featured in a documentary about Baptists and Muslims working to find common ground for the common good. It begins airing on ABC-TV stations tomorrow. The documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," was produced by the Baptist Center for Ethics.

The documentary will air at 12:00 (Noon) Sunday, January 3rd on KOCO-TV Channel 5 in Oklahoma City. It will air at 10:30 AM Sunday, January 3rd on KTUL-TV Channel 8 in Tulsa. Robert Parham, Executive Director of the Baptist Center for Ethics and producer of the documentary will be a guest on the "Religious Talk" radio program at 10:00 AM on KREF (1400 AM) in Norman, Moore and Oklahoma City.

Baptists from Oklahoma featured include T Thomas, Coordinator for the Cooperating Baptist Fellowship and founder of His Nets, Mitch Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, Oklahoma, Charles Kimball, Presidential Professor and Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma and yours truly.

Muslims from Oklahoma featued in the documentary include Orhan Osman, Executive Director of the Institute for Interfaith Dialog and Amad Enchassi, Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.

The Daily Oklahoman published a story today about the documentary under the title "Oklahoma Muslims, Baptists featured in ABC program about faiths working together to promote peace."

(Update) Another story has been published in the Tennessean where the reporter writes:
Spoiler alert: The hour-long documentary reveals Muslims as human beings. These American Muslims value friendships with non-Muslims. They come to the aid of non-Muslims in crisis. They admire America's pluralism. They have a sense of humor. And Baptists reciprocate.

If such revelations sound jarring, it's a measure of how lazy and underachieving inter-religious relations are today.
(Update) Islam Online has also posted a story about the documentary.