Season 22, Episode 13 The Jesus Factor

First Aired: April 29, 2004

“The Jesus Factor” examines the connection between President Bush's evangelical Christianity and his policies and political strategies. They blend seamlessly. Says Doug Wead, an evangelical who advised George H.W. Bush: “There's no question that the president's faith is calculated. And there's no question that the president's faith is real.” Among the other interviewees are Richard Land of the conservative Southern Baptist Convention and Jim Wallis, editor of the liberal evangelical magazine Sojourners. Wallis is uneasy with Bush's “language of righteous empire,” while Land isn't. “The problem with the left is that some of them don't think God has a side,” he says. “George Bush and most of [his] supporters believe God has a side. And we believe that side is freedom.”