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The struggle against violence, injustice and hate – next State of Belief!

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

After the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old African American in Missouri, the response of some in the community has caught many off guard. What does this tell us about the state of race in this country? Welton will talk with Pastor Mike McBride of Lifelines to Healing, part of the PICO Network, whose work includes a series of Live Free Sabbaths.

With crises flaring around the world, many say we are witnessing domestic fallout – as groups see an increase in targeting based on religion and ethnicity. The Arab American Institute has a new report out on worsening anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim attitudes, and we’ll talk to the Institute’s President, Dr. James Zogby.

And with incidents of anti-Semitism on the rise both in the US and overseas, what, if anything, can we do? Rabbi Brad Hirschfeld of Clal, the the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership will be with us to talk about that.

And Welton has some words to share about the sad passing of actor and comedian Robin Williams.

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IRS to Defend the Pulpit; Young Conservatives for Marriage Equality; and How Ethical Are We? – Next State of Belief!

circleonlyWelton’s back! And here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

Young conservatives say “enough is enough” with all this anti-gay focus on the part of the GOP. They’re taking their message of support for marriage equality to the primary states – and Donna Red Wing, Exeecutive Director of One Iowa will tell us how likely she thinks they are to succeed.

We’ll also talk to Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Recently, the group got the IRS to finally commit to addressing overt political campaigning from church pulpits.

And Simcha Weinstein – the “comic book rabbi” – is back with his trademark wit and wisdom as we look at a new poll on American ethics released by Vanity Fair/60 Minutes.

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Guest Host Bishop Gene Robinson: Next State of Belief!

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

The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, the recently retired Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress is filling in for Welton Gaddy this weekend.

Refugees or invaders? The rhetoric over unaccompanied minors crossing our border is heating up, and we’ll visit both ends of the human pipeline to get to the truth on this humanitarian – and political – issue.

Bishop Gene was recently in Central America to look at the situation firsthand. The small group he traveled with included the National Cathedral’s Associate Director of Programs Richard Weinberg, and they’ll discuss their impressions.

Also, Sharita Gruberg of the Center for American Progress has just returned from visiting a New Mexico detention center where some of these kids are ending up. We’ll hear about what she saw there.

As our impotent Congress fails to come to terms with funding the additional resources desperately needed to address this situation, House conservatives have demanded the gutting of the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (signed by George W. Bush) as a bargaining chip. Rights4girls Executive Director Malika Saada Saar explains why.

And what do everyday Americans think about this highly-politicized and potentially racially-charged issue? Dr. Robert P. Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute will have the results of their July Religion and Tracking Poll.

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