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Myths and misconceptions on American religious history on Tuesday's Access Utah

Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952)
Library of Congress

In a recent history class, USU Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Chris Babits offered students the opportunity to write and record a short podcast on myths and misconceptions of American religious history. We’ll hear some of those podcasts today. Among them are pieces titled: “One Nation Under God: When the Pledge of Allegiance Went to War with Communism,” “White Devil, Black Jesus: Religious Influences in the Black Power Movement,” “Religious Insanity through the Eyes of Elizabeth Packard,” and “Drugs, Unemployment and Government Overreach: Fighting for Native American Religious Freedom.” Chris Babits and one of his students, Chloe Miller, will join us.

Additional podcasts:

'Faith of the Founding Fathers: How diversity of faith impacted America's religious freedoms' by Kalista Hill
'Prayer: Not Just in Secret' by Isabelle Johnson

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Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.