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Olympia lobbyist in part of 7-country CNN documentary on religious fundamentalism…

Starting Thursday night, CNN will begin broadcasting a three-part, six-hour documentary -- "God's Warriors" -- on religious fundamentalism worldwide.

As part of that effort, Positive Christian Agenda's lobbyst Danille Turissini was followed for four days by a CNN video crew in Olympia this spring, as well as being interviewed by Christiane Amanpour.

CNN's synopsis of the program:

Protestors who kill for their religious beliefs. “Patriot Pastors” who seek to change American culture through the ballot box. Zealots who target prime ministers and presidents with assassination for “subverting God’s will.” Parents who reject science education in conflict with their religious principles. Suicide martyrs who are revered as iconic heroes. These are “God’s Warriors” of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. They see contemporary society as corrupt and
view themselves as the front line of defense in a battle for cultural supremacy and political power. They are changing the world...CNN will reveal how “God’s Warriors” want to bring religion back from the periphery to the center of public life – and how far they are willing to go to transform modern society.

Among those interviewed: President Jimmy Carter, Israeli President Shomon Peres, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, former head of Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency Carmi Gillan and Iranian Vice President Massoumeh Ebtekar (famous also as the spokeswoman for the Iranian students who stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979).

Positive Christian Agenda's Joe Fuiten had this to say in an e-mail to supporters Monday:

"We do not know the angle CNN will use, but this is something which will be broadcast all over the world...No doubt, it will also have an impact worldwide in setting the tone for many people's response to our efforts. Good or bad, it will be worth noting what they do."

NOTE: This post originally stated an incorrect starting date (Tuesday) for the showings.

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