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Religion in Government (2004)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2004-12-15

Duration: 00:53:57

Subjects: Government | Politics | Prayer in the public schools | Abortion | Same-sex marriage | Filmed panel discussions | Religion


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Zewe, Charles Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Maestri, William Interviewee
  • Cook, Joe Interviewee
  • Myles, Tonja Interviewee
  • Piper, Michael Speaker
  • Minton, Eric Speaker
  • Lange, Robert Speaker
  • Fletcher, Michael Speaker
  • Criss, Zeralee Speaker
  • Dickson, Samuel Speaker
  • Persac, Jennifer Speaker
  • Piershale, Dan Speaker
  • Ballemer, Kathy Speaker
  • Sword, Bill Speaker
  • Daniel, Annie Speaker
  • Hargroder, Lee Speaker
  • Robin, Johnny Speaker
  • Asnes, Irina Speaker
  • Hayes, Vicki Speaker
  • King, Peter Speaker
  • Crump, Steve Panelist
  • Mills, Gene Panelist
  • Smith, Charles Panelist
  • Brun, Judith Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from December 15, 2004, features Charles Zewe leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the relationship between religion and government. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Father William Maestri of the Archdiocese of New Orleans; Joe Cook, the director of the Louisiana ACLU; and Tonja Miles, the co-founder of Set Free Indeed. The audience members then discuss: how far government should go in adopting religious values; prayer in public schools; state spending for parochial schools; gay marriage; and abortion. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Reverend Steve Crump, the senior minister at the Unitarian Church in Baton Rouge; Reverend Gene Mills, the executive director of the Louisiana Family Forum; Reverend Charles Smith of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Baton Rouge; and Sister Judith Brun, the former principal at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge. They discuss prayer in public schools and the relationship between moral values and politics. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Charles Zewe