The Political Religious Right already wields disproportionate power in our nation, and now they’re looking to destroy the law that prevents tax-exempt houses of worship from becoming unaccountable slush funds for political candidates. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll speak with one of the groups sounding the alarm about the GOP effort to repeal the Johnson Amendment.
Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Sarah Levin, Senior Legislative Associate at the Secular Coalition for America, to discuss the importance of defending the Johnson Amendment, which prevents all charities — from churches and synagogues to the Girl Scouts and Red Cross — from using tax-deductible contributions for partisan electioneering. In today’s anything-goes atmosphere, this may seem like a quaint issue. But the implications for religious freedom, politics and the role of houses of worship in society are enormous.
How is it possible that President Trump’s divisive, and often hate-filled, rhetoric has done nothing to alienate moral, Jesus-inspired Christian conservatives in this country? How is it possible that an angry, divisive campaign that didn’t end with the election continues to hold self-described values voters in thrall? Welton will explore these questions with Rev. Dr. Brett Younger, Senior Minister of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn and the author of a heartrending new column, “Donald Trump Stole My Old Church.”
Finally, Welton will catch up with Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline for an update from the nation’s capital. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) recently proposed an amendment that would have unjustly stigmatized American Muslims and placed Islam under the microscope. Franks’ legislation was narrowly voted down, but we haven’t heard the last of such proposals. Tune in to hear how advocates for genuine religious freedom are fighting back.
Finally, Welton will be joined by Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith, for an update on the interreligious community of faith-inspired environmentalists. They are joining an ever-growing list of American states, cities and corporations in rejecting President Trump’s move to pull the country out of the Paris climate accord.
Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Alexandra Carroll, Director of Communications at the Catholics Mobilizing Network, which is working to amplify the church’s renewed efforts to end the death penalty in the United States. They’ll discuss why Catholics, specifically, oppose capital punishment, and they’ll look back at the history of Catholic organizing against the death penalty. Carroll will give a preview of what’s to come and share how listeners, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, can get involved.
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –
Our long-planned, exclusive, post-election interview with Rachel Maddow, host of the Rachel Maddow Show on MNSBC.
It’s hard to believe how much has changed in this country in the short time since the inauguration of Donald J Trump as President of the United States. In October, Rachel and Welton speculated on this show about what different electoral outcomes might look like. Now, they’ll discuss that outcome, the activism it has inspired, and the changes in our nation – and our world – that have already happened, as well as what’s likely to be coming next.
We are immensely gratified to have this chance to spend time once again with Rachel – and excited to share that conversation with you this weekend.