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Climate Change March; Bisexuality and Churches; Religious Surveys R Us – Next State of Belief!

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

Hundreds of thousands marched in New York last weekend, calling for action on global climate change. A lead organizer was the interreligious environmental group Greenfaith, and we’ll talk with executive director Fletcher Harper.

Also, is the relationship between faith and culture changing in this country? Some recent surveys suggest it may be. Huffington Post Executive Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush will be here with his opinion, and we’ll catch up on important recent religion news stories you might have missed.

And as Bisexual Awareness Week draws to a close, how are inclusive communities of faith doing in welcoming bisexual persons? We’ll talk with Marie Alford-Harkey, who says there’s room for improvement. She’s the lead author of a new guidebook from the Religious Institute titled “Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities.”

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Unjust War? She Wrote: Susan Thistlethwaite on the ISIL Strategy

On the Sunday political talk shows, it was all about “Air Strikes!” vs. “Boots On The Ground!” Missing from the debate – not unlike back in 2001 – was any serious discussion of military action vs. another kind of intervention. Perhaps the adage really is true – “when you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” And so on Monday evening, the US launched air strikes inside Syria against ISIL.

The Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite called for a wider discussion this past weekend on State of Belief Radio, relying on Just War Theory (which demands both an imminent threat, and the likelihood of success before resorting to violence.)

Dr. Thistlethwaite identified two specific tactics that have worked in the past against foreign terrorists: fostering political opposition, and “getting their money.”

Speaking of money, she’s suspicious that the profit motive plays a role in the decision to launch a military attack.

The fact is, the morality of deadly force is explicitly addressed by Just War Theory – and Dr. Thistlethwaite’s area of specialty, Just Peace Theory.

Dr. Thistlethwaite published a strongly-worded commentary on this crisis at OnFaith. Read it here.

Here’s the extended interview from the September 20th, 2014 edition of State of Belief Radio.

Unjust War? She Wrote: Susan Thistlethwaite on the ISIL Strategy

No Just War On ISIL; SCOTUS and Marriage; Quiverfull Patriarchy; an IKAR Rosh Hashanah – Next State of Belief!

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

Dominant fathers, submissive mothers, and the maximum number of children. It’s not a 60’s TV show, it’s a growing fundamentalist philosophy called “quiverfull” – and we’ll talk with Vyckie Garrison, who fled this world, and today helps other women to do the same. Vyckie also chronicles her work at Patheos.com

Also, theologian the Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite says the Obama strategy to combat ISIL doesn’t meet the standard of Just War Theory. She’ll explain. You can get an in-depth look at her arguments in her OnFaith.com column, Obama’s ISIL Strategy: Just More Endless War, Why President Obama’s planned military strikes on ISIS do not fit the criteria for a Just War.

Many pro- and anti-marriage equality forces finally have something in common: both want the Supreme Court to take on the issue.  With the Justices due to reveal their intentions on September 29th, Chantale Fiebig of the American Foundation for Equal Rights will be with us to examine where things stand.

And Rabbi Sharon Brous will discuss the importance of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which starts Wednesday evening. Rabbi Brous is the founding rabbi at the IKAR community in Los Angeles, dedicated to reanimating Jewish life through imaginative engagement with ritual and spiritual practice and a deep commitment to social justice. 

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