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Terror to the North; Sin and the Synod; Gay Dollars for Anti-gay Bakers; and Every Three Seconds, the Movie – Next State of Belief!

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

A bakery was fined for refusing Gay customers. Now, a Gay Evangelical Christian is raising the $150,000 they need to stay in business. Matt Stohlandske’s story is one you cannot miss. He wrote about it for the Washington Post in a column headlined I’m a gay rights activist. I want to give $150,000 to someone who opposes gay marriage. The fundraising campaign is at Rally.org. Matt is a member of the advisory board for an exciting new nonprofit, Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, which is currently gathering signatures on a petition to the Southern Baptist Convention, which is meeting in Nashville starting Monday, October 27.

Also, this week’s tragic shootings of military personnel in Canada. We’ll look at the ongoing misapprorpiation of religion for evil with Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, Professor of Sociology and Director of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and author of the book Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence.

And an inspiring new documentary from the award-winning filmmaker of For the Bible Tells Me So, Dan Karslake. Every Three Seconds gives five inspiring examples of how one ordinary person can literally change the world.

Plus, “Editing Out the Gay:” a Vatican Synod update from Religion News Service’s Kevin Eckstrom.

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Ebola Aid; Rewriting History; and Purple for #Spiritday – Next State of Belief!

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

The ravages of Ebola in Africa and beyond. With congregations inside the most affected areas, the Baptist World Alliance is working to bring aid and support to victims and their families. We’ll talk with the BWA’s Eron Henry.

Also, rewriting textbooks in Texas – an effort that’s likely to reverberate in classrooms throughout the nation – puts an inaccurate emphasis on the role of Christianity in American history and, predictably, attempts to inject controversy into science materials. Idealogical agenda. We’ll hear from Dr. Emile Lester of the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.

Meanwhile, October 16th is Spirit Day – an organized effort to stand up to anti-gay bullying in our schools. Ross Murray of GLAAD will tell us why we should all go purple this Thursday.

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Gloomy Americans; Anti-LGBT at the UN; and the Reformation Project Conference – Next State of Belief!

Host Welton Gaddy with Reformation Project founder Matthew Vines

Host Welton Gaddy with Reformation Project founder Matthew Vines

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

“Rising Inequality, Doubts About the Future” – the 2014 American Values Survey is out from the Public Religion Research Institute. We’ll dig into what it tells us about ourselves – and how that might resonate at the ballot box next month – with PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones.

Also, the anti-gay far-right brings its so-called “pro-family” agenda to the United Nations. Philosopher and writer Austin Dacey has a disturbing report about the “Declaration on the Rights of Children and Their Families.” Dr. Dacey is the author of a Religion Dispatches article on this initiative titled At the UN, Conservative Christian Agenda Cloaked in Human Rights Language.

Meanwhile, a young American Evangelical is helping train fellow Christians to teach acceptance of LGBT persons in their congregations, with a conference next month in Washington, DC. We’ll talk with Reformation Project founder Matthew Vines. Early registration for the Regional Training Conference on November 6-8 closes on October 7th.

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