VisionTV marks the inauguration of Barack Obama with specials on faith and politics

    TORONTO, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - According to the rules of etiquette, you're not
supposed to talk about faith or politics at the dinner table. Obviously,
discussing both at once is the perfect storm of bad manners.
    But how do you avoid it these days? From Barack Obama's relationship with
Rev. Jeremiah Wright (and more recently, the president-elect's controversial
decision to have Pastor Rick Warren speak at his inauguration), to Stephen
Harper's effort to deny tax credits to "offensive" movies and TV shows, the
collision of the religious and political worlds has been one of the past
year's most chattered-about topics.
    In January, VisionTV marks the inauguration of America's 44th president
with a series of special broadcasts certain to spark even more suppertime
    Are Church and State Strange Bedfellows - Or Sworn Enemies? That's the
theme of VisionTV's faith and politics programming event, airing the week of
Jan. 19, 2009.
    For more information on VisionTV programming, please visit

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    Documentary Series - God Bless America
    Premieres Monday, Jan. 19, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
    When did it become obligatory for Presidents to end every speech with the
words "God bless America"? In this new six-part documentary series,
award-winning journalist Ralph Benmergui visits our southern neighbour to
learn how and why religious faith has come to play such an important role in
the political life of the United States. In episodes one and two, airing
back-to-back on Jan. 19, Ralph Benmergui asks: has the Evangelical Christian
right gone too far in its bid for political power?

    Documentary - George W. Bush: Faith in the White House
    Tuesday, Jan. 20, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
    More than any other American president in recent memory, George W. Bush
was guided by his Christian faith. This hour-long film from 2004 is a
fascinating document of the Bush years, offering a Christian perspective on
the faith-based leadership of the 43rd president.

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    Current Affairs Program - The Daily Weekend Edition Special: Right is
    Wednesday, Jan. 21, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
    Does the religious right have an impact on Canadian politics? To what
extent should faith inform this country's public policies? These are some of
the questions that The Daily Weekend Edition examines in this special prime
time presentation. The hour-long current affairs program, hosted by Todd
Cantelon, includes a roundtable discussion featuring politicians and faith
leaders, as well as an interview with elder statesman Preston Manning, former
leader of the Reform Party of Canada.

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For further information: Media Contact: David Todd, Media Relations
Manager, VisionTV, Phone: (416) 368-3194, ext. 207, Email:

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