A Word from Welton about the continued misappropriation of “religious freedom” by the political religious right

A Word from Welton about the continued misappropriation of “religious freedom” by the political religious right

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National Sikh Campaign Executive Director Gurwin Singh Ahuja

Followers of the Sikh faith have been the targets of over 300 reported hate crimes since 9/11. At the same time, a majority of Americans confess they know nothing at all about Sikhs and have never interacted with one. We’ll hear about an important new effort to introduce Americans to their Sikh neighbors from Gurwin […]

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Health care activist and faith leader Kayla Parker of Charleston, WV

Last week, millions of Americans took to the streets – and legislators’ offices – to object to the Senate plan to gut the Affordable Care Act, which would defund Planned Parenthood, slash Medicaid and pay off the richest among us. Numerous faith leaders were among them, and some were even arrested – including Kayla Parker, […]

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The Supreme Court’s ruling in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer with constitutional law Prof. Garrett Epps

The Supreme Court announced a major religious freedom ruling this past week that could undermine Church-State separation for decades to come. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll speak with a law professor who will trace the origins and implications of the ruling in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer. Host […]

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Simcha Weinstein, the “comic book rabbi” and author of the book Up, Up and Oy Vey

Recent weeks have brought a resurgence of the superhero movie: Wonder Woman. The film, which stars Israeli-born actor Gal Gadot, set a new opening weekend record for a film with a female director, Patty Jenkins.  Yet the movie is facing controversy in Lebanon, because of Gadot’s Israeli roots. To reflect on this, Host Rev. Gaddy […]

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Dr. Diana Butler Bass, progressive theologian who has long warned of the culture wars backfiring on the political Religious Right

Reports earlier this month revealed an unexpected drop in the membership of the politically powerful Southern Baptist Convention. Contrary to conventional wisdom which has claimed that it’s only been progressive faith traditions that have been shrinking, the dogmatic and exclusionary denomination has lost some one million members in the past decade. To reflect on this […]

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Dr. Greg Carey, author of a Huffington Post article titled How Apocalypticism Strengthens the Evangelical Affinity For Trumpism.

Here at the intersection of religion, government and politics, we’ve spent a good bit of time pondering the unlikely alliance of Donald Trump and conservative Christians. More than one knowledgeable guest has posited that evangelicals had reached a craving for political power that overcame any religious convictions. While that may be true for many, it […]

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A Word from Welton on the Congressional baseball practice shooting in Alexandria, VA

A Word from Welton on the Congressional baseball practice shooting in Alexandria, VA.

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Dr. Julie Ingersoll on theocratic attorney Jay Sekulow joining the Trump legal team

Finally, Welton will be joined by Dr. Julie Ingersoll, who reported recently in Religion Dispatches on the latest addition to the president’s legal team, far-right theocrat Jay Sekulow. Religious Right watchers know that name well. Sekulow is the head lawyer at Pat Robertson’s ACLU knock-off, the American Center for Law and Justice. We’ll hear from […]

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Manal al-Sharif, author, Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening

A new memoir, Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening, tells the powerful story of a leading Saudi Arabian women’s rights activist. That’s Manal al-Sharif, who will share her journey on this week’s show from ultra-conservative teenager to finding herself in a Saudi Arabian jail for driving a car in public. We’ll hear what’s happened […]

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