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Nuns vs. Bishops; New Voter Guide; No LGBT Rights on the African Leader Summit Agenda – Next State of Belief!

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

The tensions between the Vatican and American women religious. We’ll hear about the recent annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and award recipient Sister Elizabeth Johnson’s unvarnished speech from writer Patricia Miller. Patti wrote about the assembly for Religion Dispatches Magazine.

What about religion once again getting injected into election-year politics? Interfaith Alliance has a new voter guide out – and we’ll discuss some of the specific problems we’re working to help avoid, with writer Sarah Posner. The guide is available for free online.

Also, why were LGBT rights missing from the agenda at the recent African Leader Summit? We’ll ask Colin Stewart of 76crimes.com

And Welton will have some thoughts to share about the ongoing turmoil in Missouri, and the diverse faith leaders who are stepping up to mediate – and help with healing.

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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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