For those of us paying attention, and old enough to recognize McCarthyism when we hear it, the sensationalist tone Texas Senator Ted Cruz has brought to Washington during his first few months in office is starting to bring back memories. There are analysts who say the enduring power of charging one’s political opponents with anti-American beliefs is due, in part, to the religious or quasi-religious identity of one’s political supporters. Sarah Posner, senior editor at Religious Dispatches Magazine joins Welton to discuss the McCarthyesque demagoguery of Senator Cruz, and the conservative Christian origins of that kind of rhetoric. You can read what she’s written on the subject here. We also touch on Tim Tebow’s decision to cancel his appearance at Pastor Robert Jeffress’ First Baptist Church in Dallas.

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