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Religion and Public Policy (2013)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-03-29

Duration: 00:08:14

Subjects: Religion | Tax reform | SALES TAX | Poverty


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Gardner, Thomas Panelist
  • Wesley, Lee Panelist
  • Harvey, Cynthia Panelist
  • Carville, John Panelist


This segment from the March 29, 2013, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford leading a panel discussion on the role religion should play in shaping public policy. The panelists are: Rabbi Thomas Gardner of the Beth Shalom Synagogue; Reverend Lee Wesley of the Community Bible Baptist Church; Bishop Cynthia Harvey of the Louisiana United Methodist Church; and Father John Carville, a retired Vicar General with the Diocese of Baton Rouge. They discuss: their opposition to Governor Bobby Jindal’s tax reform plan, which eliminates personal and corporate income taxes and raises the sales tax; the negative impact of the plan on poor and middle income residents; their decision to speak out; the role of the religious community in shaping public policy; and the their view of the potential rebate for the poor.