Don’t you think it’s high time for voices of moral leadership to weigh in on the divisive, hateful rhetoric of the 2016 campaign? We certainly do. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore the moral aspects of the presidential campaign.
Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Catholic social justice group NETWORK. Campbell will unveil her group’s new Presidential Bigotry Watch project, the slogan of which is “Bigotry is a bad habit.” They’ll discuss the many outrages of this campaign season and how to ensure that a social justice agenda is not lost among the noise. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW VIDEO
Welton will also speak with voting rights advocate and investigative journalist Greg Palast. Palast authored a best-selling book on threats to our democratic system during the Bush administration, and now how he’s taking his message to the big screen with The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Tune in to hear all about this important new film, which hits theaters this week.
Finally, Welton will be joined by Menachem Creditor, founder of Rabbis Against Gun Violence, whose group is sponsoring an all-star national concert to demand gun safety. Sunday’s Concert Across America to End Gun Violence will highlight the ongoing epidemic of gun violence that is all too often overshadowed by other news. We’ll hear about this vital effort to keep the pressure on for meaningful change.
Also, a compelling new film from voting rights advocate Greg Palast opened this week. You’ll hear about The Best Democracy Money Can Buy – the movie. Greg’s book of the same name has been re-released in a completely updated version, as well.
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –
An Imam and his aide are brutally murdered in Queens, New York. We’ll hear about the impact on those who knew Alauddin Akonjee and his assistant Thara Miah – and the entire community – from Kobir Chowdhury, President of the nearby Masjid Al-Aman mosque.
Also, as racial tensions continue to simmer in many parts of the country, an ambitious initiative – launched by President Jimmy Carter – is bringing faith communities together across lines of race. We’ll talk with two pastors who are taking the lead in the New Baptist Covenant: Rev. Trey Lyons from Park Ave Baptist Church and Rev. Michael Wortham from Ebenezer Baptist Church, both in Atlanta, GA.
Well, we didn’t get credentials from the Republican National Committee to cover the GOP Convention in Cleveland. Too bad… We had plans to have the Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief Radio and President Emeritus of Interfaith Alliance rush the convention stage on Sunday for an impromptu comedy routine… (instead, we had to leave those shenanigans to Stephen Colbert.)
But we are providing daily coverage of the convention with guests from both sides of the aisle. And we will be on the ground in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention next week. Stay tuned!