With all eyes on the drama unfolding around the Trump administration, radical efforts to roll back equal rights for LGBT people are advancing in Texas. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll get you up to speed on two extremist proposals that could soon become the law of the land.
Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, which is on the front lines of defending Texans’ constitutional rights against encroachment by the Religious Right. Texas legislators recently passed a bill that would allow adoption agencies to turn away LGBT parents on religious grounds. They’re also nearing passage of a “bathroom bill” that would force transgender high school students to use the wrong bathroom. Miller will brief us on both bills and how listeners can get involved in the fight for equal rights in Texas.
As part of his whirlwind overseas tour, President Trump met last week with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Photographs resulted, but did anything of substance happen? Welton will pose that question to Father James Martin, who recently received a papal appointment to the Vatican Department of Communications. Martin is a Jesuit priest and prolific author whose forthcoming book on the Catholic Church and LGBT people – Building a Bridge – is due out soon.
Finally, Welton will be joined by Bishop Karen Oliveto, the first openly gay person to serve as a bishop in the United Methodist Church. The highest court of the church recently found her to be in violation of church law but decided against taking action. That, however, is not the end of the story. Tune in to hear her story and unique insights on denominational doctrine – and politics.
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.