Tea Party takes over Alabama Public TV setting a national precedent: "This is how they're going to do it."

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Image from a quicklink Conservatives in Alabama are trying to use public TV to air overtly religious content -- and winning, Alabama was the first state in the nation to create a public television network in the early 1950s, but now, the network may be the nation's most vulnerable, thanks to an attempted coup from its conservative overseers. A judge in the state heard testimony this week in a lawsuit on the alleged wrongful termination of the network's former executive director and CFO, who were apparently fired after refusing to air overtly religious content. The network's license is up for renewal this year and donations have dropped off, raising the stakes of the conflict between the network's politically-appointed commissioners and its professional staff. Though the controversy has been largely missed by the national media thus far, it gets at the heart of key questions about religion in public life...

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