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Bill Moyers says: People of faith need to take on the charlatans and demagogues who have co-opted America and are trying to return it to the Gilded Age

Bill Moyers says: People of faith need to take on the charlatans and demagogues who have co-opted America and are trying to return it to the Gilded Age

A number of sources are responsible for the problems, Moyers said. The high cost of running for political office has allowed special interests to take advantage of a weakness in the nation's political system. Corporations have run amok and destroyed the retirement plans of small investors. Journalist Bill Moyers was the Deputy Director of the Peace Corps under founding Director Sargent Shriver.

Bill Moyers says: People of faith need to take on the charlatans and demagogues who have co-opted America and are trying to return it to the Gilded Age

Charlatans a threat to U.S. ideals, Moyers tells WFU divinity students

By Mary Giunca
JOURNAL REPORTER

People of faith need to take on the charlatans and demagogues who have co-opted America and are trying to return it to the Gilded Age, a time when big business and political corruption undermined America's democratic principles, Bill Moyers said

Moyers, a broadcast journalist and Baptist minister, spoke at a Wake Forest University Divinity School chapel service yesterday.

In a wide-ranging talk, "A Time for Heresy," Moyers said that America's deepest ideals are in peril.

"The day will soon come when we no longer recognize the country we love," he said.

Moyers most recently served as the anchor of NOW with Bill Moyers, which was seen on public-television stations. He has had a long association with Wake Forest and he served as a founding organizer of the Peace Corps and as press secretary for President Lyndon Johnson.

Moyers used studies and data from a variety of sources to lay out a picture of America that is becoming more stratified by money and the access to power that it buys. It has become harder for people to start at the bottom and work their way up, he said. There has been little improvement in workers' incomes over the past 50 years: People who work full time still struggle to pay for housing, transportation and health insurance.

A number of sources are responsible for the problems, Moyers said. The high cost of running for political office has allowed special interests to take advantage of a weakness in the nation's political system. Corporations have run amok and destroyed the retirement plans of small investors.

Special interests buy politicians who support policies that have shifted control of everything from land and water to broadcast outlets, he said.

The people who are trying to steal America's soul will win only if people of faith do nothing, he said.

He reminded the audience that the people who marched for a minimum wage, child-labor laws, and workers' rights did so in Jesus' name.

"This is the heresy of our time," he said. "Join it."

Courtney Young, a first-year student in the Divinity School, said that she enjoyed Moyers' passion and his ideas, but the talk was a lot to take in and it was a bit intimidating.

"It's a huge calling for people going into the ministry," she said. "I definitely thought it was challenging."

Divinity School administrators announced the Bill and Judith Moyers Scholar Program, which was created by James and Marilyn Dunn, longtime friends of the Moyerses. The $100,000 gift that made the program possible will pay for one divinity school student a year to serve as an intern at the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty in Washington.

Geneva Brown and Walter Harrelson received distinguished-service awards from the divinity school. Brown, a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school board, was recognized for her years in public education.

Harrelson co-authored the book Jews and Christians, A Troubled Family.

Mary Giunca can be reached at 727-4089 or at mgiunca@ws--journal.com





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