Last weekend, an imam and his aide were brutally murdered in broad daylight in Queens while walking home from their mosque. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we will explore the impact on those who knew the victims, and the broader Muslim community.
Our host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Kobir Chowdhury, president of the nearby Masjid Al-Aman mosque in Brooklyn, to discuss the slain imam and learn more about his work in the largely Bangladeshi community. Chowdhury will also speak to the impact of heated political rhetoric on American Muslims and his mosque is working to overcome fear and bigotry.
Welton will also discuss the New Baptist Covenant, a bold initiative for faith-based racial reconciliation. Former president Jimmy Carter announced the effort in 2007 and has been actively working to expand its reach in the wake of recent racial strife. We’ll hear from pastors from two prominent Atlanta congregations — Rev. Trey Lyons from Park Ave Baptist Church and Rev. Michael Wortham from Ebenezer Baptist Church — about their involvement in this deeply inspiring work.
Finally, Welton will speak with Frederick Clarkson, senior fellow at Political Research Associates, about Donald Trump and Dominionism. Earlier this month, Trump spoke at a Florida gathering organized by an anti-LGBT, far-right dominionist group called the American Renewal Project. We will hear from Clarkson about the vent’s shadowy organizers and disturbing agenda for America.
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –
An Imam and his aide are brutally murdered in Queens, New York. We’ll hear about the impact on those who knew Alauddin Akonjee and his assistant Thara Miah – and the entire community – from Kobir Chowdhury, President of the nearby Masjid Al-Aman mosque.
Also, as racial tensions continue to simmer in many parts of the country, an ambitious initiative – launched by President Jimmy Carter – is bringing faith communities together across lines of race. We’ll talk with two pastors who are taking the lead in the New Baptist Covenant: Rev. Trey Lyons from Park Ave Baptist Church and Rev. Michael Wortham from Ebenezer Baptist Church, both in Atlanta, GA.
Well, we didn’t get credentials from the Republican National Committee to cover the GOP Convention in Cleveland. Too bad… We had plans to have the Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief Radio and President Emeritus of Interfaith Alliance rush the convention stage on Sunday for an impromptu comedy routine… (instead, we had to leave those shenanigans to Stephen Colbert.)
But we are providing daily coverage of the convention with guests from both sides of the aisle. And we will be on the ground in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention next week. Stay tuned!