America's Spiritual Needs

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Rabbi Michael Lerner doesn't mince words about the way he sees the world going. The political and religious right, he says, have made an unholy alliance and are bulldozing the American society toward a world that is militaristic, selfish and authoritarian, worshipping a Bid Daddy god and a Big Daddy government.

Lerner wants the left to push back. But it never will, effectively, he says, until Democrats act on what Republicans well know: that Americans have a deep spiritual hunger.

Lerner wants that hunger filled with a god - and politics - of peace and kindness and love. If that sounds sappy, he says, then it's time to want it more.

Hear a conversation with Rabbi Michael Lerner and the left hand of God.


Michael Lerner, editor of the bimonthly Jewish magazine Tikkun. He is founder and co-chair with Cornel West of The Tikkun Community, an international interfaith orgnization that advocates for Middle East peace. He is rabbi of the Beyt Tikkun synagogue in California. His new book is "The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right."

This program aired on February 13, 2006.


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