Passover with The Notorious RBG; What Christians Can Learn From Other Religions; and “Nomad” homeless for now – Next State of Belief!
By Ray Kirstein on March 27, 2015
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio – Some fondly refer to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as “The Notorious RBG.” The unexpected rock star of the Supreme Court has added a Passover Commentary to her usual legal writing. We’ll talk with her collaborator on this feminist reading of the Passover story, […]
By Jonathan Craig on March 21, 2015
In the wake of increasing political anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence throughout Europe, including the deadly hostage situation at a Parisian kosher supermarket and the murder of four at a Jewish museum in Brussels, many Jewish Europeans are asking if there is still a place for them on the continent. As many as a third of […]
By Jack Moline on March 20, 2015
In an astonishing op-ed, two members of Congress have equated carnitas burritos and human beings. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia, both Republicans, present the argument that the values that allow the management of Chipotle to choose its suppliers of pork products ought to allow them – or anybody else […]
By Ray Kirstein on March 18, 2015
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio – A Jewish activist in Germany says, it’s essential to be visible – even as many in his community are afraid to be, and some leaders even say Jews should leave Europe! You’ll meet Terry Swartzberg, an American-born resident of Munich who is a […]
By Jack Moline on March 6, 2015
The photograph is iconic and holds a particular power over the minds of my generation. In the center is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is flanked by his colleagues Ralph Abernathy and Ralph Bunche. And arm-in-arm with these proud Protestants are a rabbi, an Orthodox priest, a nun and others. Each one wears a […]
By Jack Moline on February 27, 2015
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 […]
By Jack Moline on February 26, 2015
Call me a person of faith, but I believe that there is only one thing that is “Undeniable,” and it is not the handiwork of the Liberty Institute. Called “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America,” this document actually disproves its central thesis – that the United States is becoming increasingly inhospitable to […]
By Ray Kirstein on February 26, 2015
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!
By Ray Kirstein on February 19, 2015
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!
By Ray Kirstein on January 24, 2015
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 […]