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Chasing Votes, Blocking Votes; Petitioning the Southern Baptists – Next State of Belief!

Welton Gaddy with GWU’s Greg Lebel

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

“Jim Crow Returns.” With an explosive new investigation for Al Jazeera America of widespread voter suppression efforts ahead of election day, best-selling author and journalist Greg Palast will be with us with a dire warning. Scroll down for clips from the report.

Also, a look at the politics of the midterm elections. We’ll get expert analysis from Greg Lebel, who’s worked inside several presidential campaigns and today teaches political management at George Washington University.

And Evangelicals for Marriage Equality bring their message to a conference of the Southern Baptist Convention. No, it’s not one of those jokes where two unlikely characters walk into a bar – after all, we’re talking about Baptists! But you’ll hear what did happen from Revangelical activist Brandan Robertson, who was there.

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Terror to the North; Sin and the Synod; Gay Dollars for Anti-gay Bakers; and Every Three Seconds, the Movie – Next State of Belief!

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

A bakery was fined for refusing Gay customers. Now, a Gay Evangelical Christian is raising the $150,000 they need to stay in business. Matt Stohlandske’s story is one you cannot miss. He wrote about it for the Washington Post in a column headlined I’m a gay rights activist. I want to give $150,000 to someone who opposes gay marriage. The fundraising campaign is at Rally.org. Matt is a member of the advisory board for an exciting new nonprofit, Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, which is currently gathering signatures on a petition to the Southern Baptist Convention, which is meeting in Nashville starting Monday, October 27.

Also, this week’s tragic shootings of military personnel in Canada. We’ll look at the ongoing misapprorpiation of religion for evil with Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, Professor of Sociology and Director of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and author of the book Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence.

And an inspiring new documentary from the award-winning filmmaker of For the Bible Tells Me So, Dan Karslake. Every Three Seconds gives five inspiring examples of how one ordinary person can literally change the world.

Plus, “Editing Out the Gay:” a Vatican Synod update from Religion News Service’s Kevin Eckstrom.

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Ebola Aid; Rewriting History; and Purple for #Spiritday – Next State of Belief!

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

The ravages of Ebola in Africa and beyond. With congregations inside the most affected areas, the Baptist World Alliance is working to bring aid and support to victims and their families. We’ll talk with the BWA’s Eron Henry.

Also, rewriting textbooks in Texas – an effort that’s likely to reverberate in classrooms throughout the nation – puts an inaccurate emphasis on the role of Christianity in American history and, predictably, attempts to inject controversy into science materials. Idealogical agenda. We’ll hear from Dr. Emile Lester of the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.

Meanwhile, October 16th is Spirit Day – an organized effort to stand up to anti-gay bullying in our schools. Ross Murray of GLAAD will tell us why we should all go purple this Thursday.

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