Is the U.S. a Christian nation?

Christopher Hitchens and Ken Blackwell have a lively, if lopsided, debate over the question.

Published April 9, 2009 4:45PM (EDT)

There's been quite a bit of discussion about Newsweek's latest cover story, "The Decline and Fall of Christian America," plenty of it coming from Christians who are, as you might imagine, unhappy that Newsweek would publish an article saying this.

So far, the most interesting thing to come out of all this is a debate on MSNBC's "Hardball" between writer and noted atheist Christopher Hitchens and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, who's now with a Christian right group, the Family Research Center. It's definitely a lopsided debate -- even if Blackwell's case was airtight, he'd stand little chance against Hitchens, who's well-versed on the subject and is very, very good at discussing it. But it's worth watching anyway.


By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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