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I wasn’t born until 1952, but somehow Franklin Graham’s rhetoric struck with me when I heard him say that Washington has been “infiltrated by Muslims” and that they are “advising the White House.”  Fox’s Bill O’Reilley asked him for names, and Graham replied, “I can get you those.” My adult self is quite certain that […]

A Marriage in Austin, Equality Texas, and The Rosenwald Schools – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio – The first same-sex wedding in Texas. First a victory for LGBT rights – then a vow from the Attorney General to nullify the marriage! We’ll get the outrageous first-hand story from the newlyweds themselves – Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant. Also, engaging progressive […]

Countering Violent Extremism; Politics and the Prime Minister’s Speech; Straight Face – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio – The White House hosts a high-profile Summit on countering violent extremism. Muslim Advocates’ Legal Director Glenn Katon was there, and we’ll get his firsthand impressions – as well as an evaluation of what the next steps need to be. Also, the ongoing controversy […]

SCOTUS Eyes Marriage; Call to Prayer Blocked at Duke; New Leader at Interfaith Alliance – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio – Silencing the Muslim call to prayer at Duke University. We’ll talk to the founder of Duke’s Islamic Studies Center, the Rev. Dr. Bruce B. Lawrence. Also, the Supreme Court makes a religious liberty ruling – and takes up marriage equality. We’ll hear from […]

Forward Together; An Interfaith Pope?; Clean Water v. Ebola – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio – Racial issues are filling the headlines. We’ll focus on effective strategies in the pursuit for justice with the Rev. William Barber, founder of the Moral Monday Movement and head of the North Carolina NAACP. His new book is Forward Together: A Moral Message […]

“The Complementarity of Man and Woman”

Conservative faith leaders met at the Vatican this week for “The Complementarity of Man and Woman,” an interfaith colloquium espousing the benefits of living in traditional family arrangements. Welton speaks with Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, about what happened during the meeting and what it means as a follow-up to last month’s […]

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Rightwingers Swarm the Vatican; Science + Religion; and postChristian – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio – An interfaith gathering of prominent conservative religious leaders at the Vatican this week for a colloquium on “The Complementarity of Man and Woman” has alarmed many  mainstream pope-watchers. We’ll get a briefing from Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry. Also, a long-term […]

What Motivated Voters; LGBT Progress With Evangelicals; HRC in MS; Muslim Prayers at the Cathedral – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio – We saw some contradictory voting patters on November 4th. Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute will be with us to look at the values driving those choices, through the comprehensive 2014 Post-Election American Values Survey, asking, “What Motivated Voters […]

Greg Lebel with Welton Gaddy in the studio

Election Aftermath; The Death With Dignity Debate – Next State of Belief!

Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio – So the election is over, and as we all know, the outcome turned out to be… shall we say… lopsided. George Washington University’s Greg Lebel is back with us, to analyze what happened – and just as importantly, what it means for our […]