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The UMC LGBT Struggle; The Sin of Certainty; Evangelicals 4 Trump – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

An unprecedented challenge to the United Methodist Church’s exclusionary policies on LGBT clergy. With the denomination’s General Conference underway, we’ll hear from Reconciling Ministries Network head Matt Berryman.

Also, with a growing number of religious thinkers and writers focusing on doubt as a needed part of authentic faith, We’ll talk to the author of an important contribution to this discussion, Peter Enns. His new book is The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs.

And what does Donald Trump’s dominance in the Republican presidential race say about the so-called Evangelical vote? We’ll get the thoughts of investigative journalist Sarah Posner. She’s written about this recently in The New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine.

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Defending NDAA; Anti-Muslim Campaign Rhetoric; #MeditateTheVote – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

Fund the military, erase LGBT rights. Not much of a bargain, is it? But Congressional conservatives are giving it a try, inserting anti-gay language in the crucial National Defense Authorization Act. We’ll talk with Sarah McBride of the Center for American Progress.

Also, anti-Muslim rhetoric may be helping Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, but it’s causing very real harm to very real Americans. We’ll hear from Engy Abdelkader of the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University, which has just published a disturbing new report on the subject titled When Islamophobia Turns Violent: the 2016 Presidential Elections.

And a very different approach to the chaos of the political season: #MeditateTheVote. I’ll talk with Sister Jenna, founder of the Meditation Museum, about this ambitious campaign to highlight what we have in common, and what we all want for our nation’s future.

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Holy Playgrounds, Agno-what?, and The Story of God – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

“Agnotology.” If you don’t know that word, you’re not supposed to. It’s the secret science of manufactured ignorance, and we’ll pull back the curtain with historian Dr. Robert Proctor. (Don’t tell anyone, but he’s the one who came up with that term back in 1995.)

Also, The Story of God in six easy TV episodes. If anyone could do it, Morgan Freeman could – and did. It’s been airing on the National Geographic Channel, with two more weeks remaining. We’ll talk to series executive producer James Younger.

And the endless struggle to maintain the critical separation of Church and State in this country. A case in front of the Supreme Court could lead to a dangerous precedent. We’ll hear from Interfaith Alliance President Rabbi Jack Moline.

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