Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Late Sunday night, a federal court barred the Obama administration from enforcing a set of guidelines instructing states and localities on how to accommodate transgender students attending public schools.  The judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, of the Northern District of Texas, enjoined the policies nationally and blocked the federal government from conducting any litigation or attempting to bring school districts in compliance with them.  Joining me today to talk all about the ruling and the impact it will have to transgender students across the country is Ari Ezra Waldman who is an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School and the Legal Editor at Towleroad.com.

For most of our country’s history, white Protestant Christians primarily set the tone for our national policy and shaped American ideals and culture.  However, since the 1990s, this demographic group has steadily lost influence, following declines within both its mainline and evangelical branches to the point where America is no longer demographically or culturally a majority white Christian nation.  In his new book The End of White Christian America Robert P. Jones, the CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), draws on more than four decades of polling data to better understand the profound political and cultural consequences of this new reality.  Robert joins me on the show today to talk all about the book and the ways that white Protestant Christians might adjust to find their place in the new America. 

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