Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Seperation of church and politics?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Seperation of church and politics?

Father Charles Coughlin played a very awkward, yet familiar position during the 1930s. He was a priest with very strong political views. With the power of the radio, he was able to get his thoughts out to more that just his congregation. He reached millions of people every week with sermons broadcasted over the radio. He was a very strong democrat and it was believed that he hated republicans. It questioned his integrity because he was supposed to be a man of God and Christians should not pass judgement.

It makes me wonder that if there is a slot for people of religious orientation in politics. He reminded me of the situation with Reverend Wright. People tend to have negative views on religious individuals who are into politics. Many religious people of high stature try to keep their views of politics to themselves because they know the response they receive from the people. I believe that they should be able to have a say in politics. They have views like everyone else but they should be mindful of what they say to their following.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

An interesting comparison, but Reverend Wright was not a major media figure until the spotlight was turned on him by the media chasing a story about Obama.

Coughlin used radio to create a power pulpit from which he lectured the people with his version of the crisis, its villains, and its solution. His scapegoating extremism was quite controversial and ultimately he was not able to lead his enormous flock to the polls. Should we be on the look out for extremists like Coughlin today?

3/18/2009 1:21 PM  

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