Interfaith Alliance President Rabbi Jack Moline on the dangers of the Franks Amendment

Finally, Welton will catch up with Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline for an update from the nation’s capital. Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) recently proposed an amendment that would have unjustly stigmatized American Muslims and placed Islam under the microscope. Franks’ legislation was narrowly voted down, but we haven’t heard the last of such proposals. […]

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Rev. Dr. Brett Younger on his article Donald Trump Stole My Old Church

How is it possible that President Trump’s divisive, and often hate-filled, rhetoric has done nothing to alienate moral, Jesus-inspired Christian conservatives in this country? How is it possible that an angry, divisive campaign that didn’t end with the election continues to hold self-described values voters in thrall? Welton will explore these questions with Rev. Dr. […]

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Secular Coalition for America Senior Legislative Associate Sarah Levin on defending the Johnson Amendment

Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Sarah Levin, Senior Legislative Associate at the Secular Coalition for America, to discuss the importance of defending the Johnson Amendment, which prevents all charities — from churches and synagogues to the Girl Scouts and Red Cross — from using tax-deductible contributions for partisan electioneering. In today’s anything-goes […]

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Dr. Nora Rose Moosnic

Finally, we’ll hear Welton’s 2012 conversation with Dr. Nora Rose Moosnic, who had just published an inspiring, and unexpected, book titled Arab and Jewish Women in Kentucky: Stories of Audacity and Accommodation. If we’re to have a future as one nation, we’ll need models of agreement and accommodation. Moosnic’s book provides one such model.

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George Lakoff

Next, we’ll revisit Welton’s 2016 conversation with cognitive linguist and “father of framing” George Lakoff. They discussed the differences between how conservatives and progressives think and communicate – and how today’s partisan divide was almost inevitable. His seminal book, Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, is available in an updated, paperback edition.

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Dr. Robert P. Jones

First you’ll hear Welton’s 2016 interview with Public Religion Research Institute CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones about his book, The End of White Christian America, which has just been released in paperback. The arguments that Jones made in the book are as valid today as when it was published ahead of the 2016 election. But the […]

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A Word from Welton on Independence Day, 2017

A Word from Welton on Independence Day, 2017

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“How Should We Respond to ‘Evil?'” writer Rev. Steven Paulikas

“Evil” is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. But how often is it misapplied, and what are the moral implications of doing so? Welton will be joined by Rev. Steven Paulikas, author of an enduring analysis of these questions that appeared last year in the New York Times, “How Should We Respond to ‘Evil?’”

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Public Religion Research Institute Director of Research Dr. Daniel Cox

Striving to present objective, reliable and unbiased data, we turn to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on a regular basis. We’ll do so again this week, when PRRI Director of Research Daniel Cox shares new findings from the exhaustive American Values Atlas that challenge conventional wisdom on what Americans believe about religious exemptions and much more.

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Smithsonian Instution Museum of American History Religion Curator Dr. Peter Manseau

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History recently unveiled an exhibit on the history and role of religion in the early days of the United States. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll discuss the origin and significance of the exhibit with the Smithsonian’s first full-time religion curator. […]

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