March 31, 2013

John Fugelsang on Prop 8, DOMA and why Easter matters, from Current's Viewpoint

Happy Easter, my bunnies. At my home, the Easter Bunny is making an authorized delay until next weekend, because my 7 year old niece is coming to visit and her cousins think it will be more fun to wait and have her join them. Wasn't that sweet for them to give up their immediate sugar gratification for the sake of their cousin? So that frees me up to spend Sunday with my favorite people, you C&Lers. I imagine that the place of religion in our lives and government will be of major discussion this weekend, what with a new pope and Prop 8 and DOMA up at the Supreme Court. It always astounds me how so many conservatives are threatened by the fear of Sharia Law and yet feel no compunction about trying to create their own theocracy here.

ABC's "This Week" -- Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York; Round table: Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker; Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., ABC News political analyst and special correspondent Matthew Dowd, ABC News senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny, and editor and publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel. Religion panel: Writer and religious scholar Reza Aslan; Rev. Calvin Butts, Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York; author and atheist Susan Jacoby; Dr. Richard Land, of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; and Sojourners president Rev. Jim Wallis. Former White House photographer Eric Draper.

NBC's "Meet the Press" -- Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Round table: Former top adviser to President Obama, David Axelrod; Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA); the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson and the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan. Actor Rob Reiner; President of the National Organization for Marriage Brian Brown; founder and President of the National Action Network, MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton; and NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams.

NBC's "The Chris Matthews Show" -- David Ignatius, The Washington Post; Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post; Helene Cooper, The New York Times; Michael Crowley, TIME.

CBS' "Face the Nation" -- Dolan; Mariann Budde, Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Imam Suhaib Webb; Rabbi David Wolpe; Bishop Harry Jackson.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Stephen Lerner, Labor and Community Organizer for the Wall Street Accountability Campaign; Greg Kaufmann, The Nation; Anthea Butler, Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair of Religion at the University of Pennsylvania; Kayla Williams, Fellow at the Truman National Security Project & Center for National Policy; Patrick Murphy, Former US Congressman (D-PA); Aaron Glantz, Reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit media organization based in California; Rabbi Dan Ain, Director of Tradition and Innovation, 92nd Street Y; Christiana Peppard, Theology Professor at Fordham University; Katha Pollitt, The Nation; Chanel Martin, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of; Candace Mitchell, Co-Founder and CEO of

CNN's "State of the Union" -- Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. Prop 8 opponents David Boies and Ted Olson. Panel: strategists Donna Brazile and Kevin Madden, along with CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin. Senate Chaplain Barry Black & House Chaplain Patrick Conroy.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" -- Jordan's King Abdullah; India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani; former Australian Prime Minister John Howard; Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" -- Eric Deggans, TV critics for the Tampa Bay Times, and Carole Simpson, former anchor for ABC News; The Washington Posts' Jennifer Rubin and AMERICAblog founder John Aravosis; PandoDaily tech reporter Hamish McKenzie; ESPN's tech analyst Katie Linendoll and WNBC New York 4 reporter Brynn Gingras; former journalist Allyson Bird.

"Fox News Sunday" -- Mark Kelly, Americans for Responsible Solutions and husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords; Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C. Panel: Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard; Mara Liasson, National Public Radio; Ed Gillespie, Fmr Sr Advisor to Mitt Romney & Fmr Counselor to President George W. Bush; Charles Lane, Editorial Writer for The Washington Post

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