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Preaching Politics; New Lows in Campaigning; Rights vs. Rights – Next State of Belief!

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

Desperate presidential candidates say the most outrageous things. How does that damage not just politics, but our public discourse in general? We’ll look at new lows in campaign rhetoric with George Washington University’s Greg Lebel.

Also, the delicate balance between long-overdue rights for LGBT Americans and the religious convictions of some of their neighbors. Welton Gaddy will talk with The Atlantic Magazine’s Emma Green. She’s the author of a column headlined Gay Rights May Come at the Cost of Religious Freedom.

And some of the most important issues of our day are inherently political. How can faith leaders responsibly those issues without compromising their integrity? We’ll get insights from Rabbi Jill Jacobs, who recently addressed this important question in The Washington Post titled Should rabbis really be wading into the debate over the Iran deal?

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Planned Videos, Ten OK Commandments, Businesses Against Discrimination – Next State of Belief!

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

The latest attack on Planned Parenthood. While journalists call it “dishonest,” conservative lawmakers are gleefully digging the organization’s grave. We’ll talk with the Rev. Donna Schaper, Senior Minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York City, who writes that the attack is nothing short of evil in her Religion Dispatches  article, Religion, Lies and Videotape: Planned Parenthood and the Latest Fake Sting

Also, the Oklahoma State Capitol Ten Commandments monument still stands – despite a court order saying “Thou Shalt Take It Down.” We’ll get an update from the Rev. Bob Lawrence, Executive Director of the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance. Together with Oklahoma Interfaith Alliance and the national Interfaith Alliance, the group has called for an end to stalling tactics after the state Supreme Court ruled that the monument has to go.

And a new small business survey shows little enthusiasm for the right to discriminate under cover of religion. Sally Steenland, Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress will have the details. We’ll also talk about the newly-introduced Equality Act, expanding on and replacing the long-stalled Employment Non-discrimination Act, or ENDA.

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Dealing with issues of race, interreligious training, and Pluto – next State of Belief!

Rabbi Jack MolineHere’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio, as Interfaith Alliance Executive Director Rabbi Jack Moline fills in for Rev. Welton Gaddy –

Activism in the aftermath of Charleston. We’ll get an update from Pastor Mike McBride, head of the Lifelines to Healing Campaign at the PICO National Network.

Also, an exciting new interreligious academic program from Andover Newton Theological Seminary and Hebrew College. We’ll get details from Islamic Chaplain Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio.

And look! Up in the sky! Pluto may no longer be a planet but it made news this week. We’ll go star-gazing with Rabbi Elliot Dorff.

Plus, some thoughts on the place of the American Flag (and the “Christian Flag”) in a pluralistic nation.

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