How a fringe pastor garnered worldwide attention and what it all says about freedom of religion and speech in America


Hour 1

The plans of Florida pastor Terry Jones to burn a copy of the Koran has garnered worldwide attention and has stirred much debate about the role of the media and our rights to free speech.  We’ll talk with New York Times reporter BRIAN STELTER about the coverage of the story from its beginnings.  Then we explore how freedom of speech and freedom of religion  intersect with the responsibility of the press with STEPHEN BURGARD, director of Northeaster University’s School of Journalism, and ALAN WOLFE,  founding director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Life and Professor of Political Science at Boston College.

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