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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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From Louisiana With Regret – Next State of Belief!

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

Welton Gaddy is in Lafayette, Louisiana, with some of the participants and attendees at Freedom for All Faiths, a panel discussion sponsored by the ACLU of Louisiana.

You’ll hear from the longtime head of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Rev. Barry Lynn.

We’ll talk to University of Louisiana at Lafayette political science professor and commentator Pearson Cross, who offers deep insights into what’s moving the American electorate in the strange direction it’s headed in this year. Dr. Cross also hosts a weekly program on KRVS radio called “Bayou to Beltway.”

And we’ll catch up with secular education advocate Zack Kopplin, who continues to fight the out of line religious influences flooding public schools in Louisiana – and beyond.

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ACLU v. NC; Americans on Immigration; Studying the Nonreligious – Next State of Belief!

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

New findings from the Public Religion Research Institute on American views toward immigrants confirm some commonly-held assumptions, but shatter others. We’ll get an expert view from PRRI President Dr. Robert P. Jones.

Also, the American Civil Liberties Union files suit against North Carolina’s ugly new anti-gay, anti-trans, anti-city law. We’ll be speaking with ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Elizabeth Gill. The ACLU does an excellent job of keeping an eye on similar legislation nationwide with this comprehensive and frequently-updated internet resource.

And Phil Zuckerman, co-author of The Nonreligious: Understanding Secular People and Societies. Gathering existing research and adding social science expertise, this comprehensive new book goes a long way toward helping us understand a powerful trend shaping today’s religious landscape.

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