I will be on BBC Two tonight 28/09/2005 at 7pm, the programme is about God and the Politicians.
God and the Politicians
Wed 28 Sep, 7:00 pm - 7:50 pm 50mins
David Aaronovitch investigates fears that religion has staked too great a claim on the political agenda. Are politicians pandering to faith groups? Are the faithful muscling in on the politicians' patch? Should abortion be a party political issue? Is there such a thing as the Muslim vote? Combining modern political analysis with three thousand years of theology, this programme assesses whether ancient faiths and modern politics are a match made in Heaven, or destined to clash. Alistair Campbell stopped a journalist asking the Prime Minister about faith with the words, 'We don't do God'. But more and more politicians are doing God, and more major faiths are happy to see religion back on the public agenda. Faith leaders Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Chief Rabbi, the Bishop of Southwark, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Muslim leader Sir Iqbal Sacranie argue the place of religion in politics along with Tony Benn, Ann Widdecombe MP, Home Office Minister Paul Goggins MP, MORI pollster Sir Robert Worcester and philosopher Professor AC Grayling. Has God entered the ballot box? This programme tries to find out. [S]Let me have your comments