State of Belief http://stateofbelief.com Religion and radio done differently Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:02:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 State of Belief explores the intersection of religion with politics, culture, media, and activism, and promotes diverse religious voices in a religiously pluralistic world. State of Belief clean State of Belief rkirstein@interfaithalliance.org rkirstein@interfaithalliance.org (State of Belief) Copyright © State of Belief 2010 Religion and radio done differently State of Belief http://stateofbelief.com/cms/assets/images/podcast_144.jpg http://stateofbelief.com December 9, 2017 – Separation Anxiety http://stateofbelief.com/showarchive/2017/december-9-2017-separation-anxiety/ Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:00:11 +0000 http://stateofbelief.com/?p=9408 http://stateofbelief.com/showarchive/2017/december-9-2017-separation-anxiety/#respond http://stateofbelief.com/showarchive/2017/december-9-2017-separation-anxiety/feed/ 0 On Tuesday, attorneys in the so-called gay wedding cake case appeared before the Supreme Court for oral argument (not pictured.) At the center of the case is a baker who denied service to a gay couple, claiming that baking them a wedding cake would violate his religious beliefs. This is a particularly apt backdrop for […] On Tuesday, attorneys in the so-called gay wedding cake case appeared before the Supreme Court for oral argument (not pictured.) At the center of the case is a baker who denied service to a gay couple, claiming that baking them a wedding cake would violate his religious beliefs. This is a particularly apt backdrop for this week’s State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, which features highlights from a recent discussion among religious freedom activists and legal experts (pictured.)

The panel discussion was held this past week in Philadelphia and organized by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Formally titled “Separation Anxiety: Defending the Church-State Wall in the Age of Trump,” our host Rev. Welton Gaddy spoke alongside Pedro Irigonegaray, a fellow with the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Maggie Garrett, Legislative Director of Americans United; and Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The discussion was moderated by Nina Burleigh, national politics correspondent for Newsweek Magazine.

Welton also interviewed two of the panelists after the formal presentation ended, and you’ll hear those conversations as well. With the political Religious Right ascendant and President Trump and Congressional Republicans catering to their every whim, it’s more important than even to defend church-state separation.

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On Tuesday, attorneys in the so-called gay wedding cake case appeared before the Supreme Court for oral argument (not pictured.) At the center of the case is a baker who denied service to a gay couple, claiming that baking them a wedding cake would vio... On Tuesday, attorneys in the so-called gay wedding cake case appeared before the Supreme Court for oral argument (not pictured.) At the center of the case is a baker who denied service to a gay couple, claiming that baking them a wedding cake would violate his religious beliefs. This is a particularly apt backdrop for […] State of Belief clean 54:26
A smaller America http://stateofbelief.com/segments/a-smaller-america/ Sun, 03 Dec 2017 01:25:57 +0000 http://stateofbelief.com/?p=9405 http://stateofbelief.com/segments/a-smaller-america/#respond http://stateofbelief.com/segments/a-smaller-america/feed/ 0 We’ll get a Word from Welton about the changes he’s seen in how our nation treats its most vulnerable citizens  – and what Gandhi said that says about us. Hear the full December 2, 2017 State of Belief Radio program here. We’ll get a Word from Welton about the changes he’s seen in how our nation treats its most vulnerable citizens  – and what Gandhi said that says about us.

Hear the full December 2, 2017 State of Belief Radio program here.

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We’ll get a Word from Welton about the changes he’s seen in how our nation treats its most vulnerable citizens  – and what Gandhi said that says about us. Hear the full December 2, 2017 State of Belief Radio program here. We’ll get a Word from Welton about the changes he’s seen in how our nation treats its most vulnerable citizens  – and what Gandhi said that says about us. Hear the full December 2, 2017 State of Belief Radio program here. State of Belief clean 9:44
In Alabama, Politics + Religion = Politics. http://stateofbelief.com/segments/in-alabama-politics-religion-politics/ Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:52:06 +0000 http://stateofbelief.com/?p=9403 http://stateofbelief.com/segments/in-alabama-politics-religion-politics/#respond http://stateofbelief.com/segments/in-alabama-politics-religion-politics/feed/ 0 If there was ever a cautionary tale for what can happen when politics trumps religion, we’re seeing it in Alabama right now. With the Alabama special election less than two weeks away, we’ll be joined by Rabbi Barry Leff, who leads Temple Beth-El in Birmingham. He’ll provide an inside look at the damage interfaith cooperation […] If there was ever a cautionary tale for what can happen when politics trumps religion, we’re seeing it in Alabama right now. With the Alabama special election less than two weeks away, we’ll be joined by Rabbi Barry Leff, who leads Temple Beth-El in Birmingham. He’ll provide an inside look at the damage interfaith cooperation is likely to sustain in the wake of polarizing political endorsements from Alabama clergy.

Hear the full December 2, 2017 State of Belief Radio program here.

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If there was ever a cautionary tale for what can happen when politics trumps religion, we’re seeing it in Alabama right now. With the Alabama special election less than two weeks away, we’ll be joined by Rabbi Barry Leff, If there was ever a cautionary tale for what can happen when politics trumps religion, we’re seeing it in Alabama right now. With the Alabama special election less than two weeks away, we’ll be joined by Rabbi Barry Leff, who leads Temple Beth-El in Birmingham. He’ll provide an inside look at the damage interfaith cooperation […] State of Belief clean 8:34
ADF v. USA http://stateofbelief.com/segments/adf-v-usa/ Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:30:20 +0000 http://stateofbelief.com/?p=9401 http://stateofbelief.com/segments/adf-v-usa/#respond http://stateofbelief.com/segments/adf-v-usa/feed/ 0 Far too often, claims of “deeply held religious beliefs” are really just cover for discrimination. The Alliance Defending Freedom is a key force behind the effort to distort religious freedom into a right to discriminate. Investigative journalist Sarah Posner recently revealed the disturbing reach – and success – of their efforts in The Nation. She’ll join […] Far too often, claims of “deeply held religious beliefs” are really just cover for discrimination. The Alliance Defending Freedom is a key force behind the effort to distort religious freedom into a right to discriminate. Investigative journalist Sarah Posner recently revealed the disturbing reach – and success – of their efforts in The Nation. She’ll join Welton to discuss the corrosive impact of advancing discrimination in the name of religious liberty.

Hear the full December 2, 2017 State of Belief Radio program here.

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Far too often, claims of “deeply held religious beliefs” are really just cover for discrimination. The Alliance Defending Freedom is a key force behind the effort to distort religious freedom into a right to discriminate. Far too often, claims of “deeply held religious beliefs” are really just cover for discrimination. The Alliance Defending Freedom is a key force behind the effort to distort religious freedom into a right to discriminate. Investigative journalist Sarah Posner recently revealed the disturbing reach – and success – of their efforts in The Nation. She’ll join […] State of Belief clean 18:28
WWJT? http://stateofbelief.com/segments/wwjt/ Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:17:21 +0000 http://stateofbelief.com/?p=9397 http://stateofbelief.com/segments/wwjt/#respond http://stateofbelief.com/segments/wwjt/feed/ 0 Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and the original Nun on the Bus, has spoken out forcefully and articulately about the moral aspects of the Republican tax bill. She will join host Rev. Welton Gaddy to break down the bill and its impact on everyday Americans. With the news moving so quickly, you won’t […] Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and the original Nun on the Bus, has spoken out forcefully and articulately about the moral aspects of the Republican tax bill. She will join host Rev. Welton Gaddy to break down the bill and its impact on everyday Americans. With the news moving so quickly, you won’t want to miss this conversation.

Hear the full December 2, 2017 State of Belief Radio program here.

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Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and the original Nun on the Bus, has spoken out forcefully and articulately about the moral aspects of the Republican tax bill. She will join host Rev. Welton Gaddy to break down the bill and its im... Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and the original Nun on the Bus, has spoken out forcefully and articulately about the moral aspects of the Republican tax bill. She will join host Rev. Welton Gaddy to break down the bill and its impact on everyday Americans. With the news moving so quickly, you won’t […] State of Belief clean 11:04
December 2, 2017 – Tax cuts for the rich http://stateofbelief.com/showarchive/2017/this-week-tax-cuts-for-the-rich/ Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:13:07 +0000 http://stateofbelief.com/?p=9388 http://stateofbelief.com/showarchive/2017/this-week-tax-cuts-for-the-rich/#respond http://stateofbelief.com/showarchive/2017/this-week-tax-cuts-for-the-rich/feed/ 0 Republicans in Congress just notched their first major legislative victory this year – a sweeping tax bill that will primarily benefit wealthy Americans and corporations. The legislation includes a number of giveaways to the Religious Right. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore the morality of revamping taxes, taking […] Republicans in Congress just notched their first major legislative victory this year – a sweeping tax bill that will primarily benefit wealthy Americans and corporations. The legislation includes a number of giveaways to the Religious Right. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore the morality of revamping taxes, taking from the poor and giving to the rich and being our brother’s keeper.

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and the original Nun on the Bus, has spoken out forcefully and articulately about the moral aspects of the Republican tax bill. She will join host Rev. Welton Gaddy to break down the bill and its impact on everyday Americans. With the news moving so quickly, you won’t want to miss this conversation.

Far too often, claims of “deeply held religious beliefs” are really just cover for discrimination. The Alliance Defending Freedom is a key force behind the effort to distort religious freedom into a right to discriminate. Investigative journalist Sarah Posner recently revealed the disturbing reach – and success – of their efforts in The Nation. She’ll join Welton to discuss the corrosive impact of advancing discrimination in the name of religious liberty.

If there was ever a cautionary tale for what can happen when politics trumps religion, we’re seeing it in Alabama right now. With the Alabama special election less than two weeks away, we’ll be joined by Rabbi Barry Leff, who leads Temple Beth-El in Birmingham. He’ll provide an inside look at the damage interfaith cooperation is likely to sustain in the wake of polarizing political endorsements from Alabama clergy.

And we’ll get a Word from Welton about the changes he’s seen in how our nation treats its most vulnerable citizens  – and what Gandhi said that says about us.

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Republicans in Congress just notched their first major legislative victory this year – a sweeping tax bill that will primarily benefit wealthy Americans and corporations. The legislation includes a number of giveaways to the Religious Right. Republicans in Congress just notched their first major legislative victory this year – a sweeping tax bill that will primarily benefit wealthy Americans and corporations. The legislation includes a number of giveaways to the Religious Right. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore the morality of revamping taxes, taking […] State of Belief clean 56:58
November 25, 2017 – Best of State of Belief for Thanksgiving Day Weekend http://stateofbelief.com/showarchive/2017/november-25-2017-best-of-state-of-belief-for-thanksgiving-day-weekend/ Sat, 25 Nov 2017 23:39:15 +0000 http://stateofbelief.com/?p=9379 http://stateofbelief.com/showarchive/2017/november-25-2017-best-of-state-of-belief-for-thanksgiving-day-weekend/#respond http://stateofbelief.com/showarchive/2017/november-25-2017-best-of-state-of-belief-for-thanksgiving-day-weekend/feed/ 0 We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As we gather with friends and family, this week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll revisit some notable interviews from a decade ago that are as relevant now as when we first recorded them. With the United States still deeply enmeshed in Iraq […] We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As we gather with friends and family, this week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll revisit some notable interviews from a decade ago that are as relevant now as when we first recorded them.

With the United States still deeply enmeshed in Iraq and Afghanistan, we’ll hear from faith-driven conscientious objector and Iraq War veteran Aidan Delgado. He’s the author of the book The Sutras of Abu Ghraib, which explores his spiritual develop and the attitudes that made prisoner abuse possible. And we’ll remember a unique Denver, Colorado restaurant which operates under the motto, Serving good food for the greater good.

Next we’ll explore Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA, which prepares students to bring an uncompromising Religious Right viewpoint to influential positions in government. We’ll hear from author Hanna Rosin, author ofGod’s Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America, about her experiences researching the book.

The Simpsons manages to address religion in substantive ways while reaching vast audiences – something that more formal critiques fail to accomplish. We’ll hear more from religion writer Mark Pinsky, author of The Gospel According to The Simpsons.

We’ll also revisit an interview with David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons, the authors of the book unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity…and Why It Matters.

We’ll close the program with a word from host Rev. Welton Gaddy about how gratitude can serve as an important defense against being manipulated by false messages. Whether in the realm of religious freedom, immigration or any other divisive issue, Americans must guard against being misled and turning against one another.

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We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As we gather with friends and family, this week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll revisit some notable interviews from a decade ago that are as relevant now as when we firs... We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As we gather with friends and family, this week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll revisit some notable interviews from a decade ago that are as relevant now as when we first recorded them. With the United States still deeply enmeshed in Iraq […] State of Belief clean 48:28
Remembering John Raines http://stateofbelief.com/segments/remembering-john-raines/ Sat, 18 Nov 2017 23:01:49 +0000 http://stateofbelief.com/?p=9373 http://stateofbelief.com/segments/remembering-john-raines/#respond http://stateofbelief.com/segments/remembering-john-raines/feed/ 0 And we’ll hear a Word from Welton, remembering the Rev. Dr. John Raines, who passed away this week. Dr. Raines, an ordained Methodist minister, and his wife, Bonnie, were a part of the group who broke into an FBI office in Pennsylvania, leading to the exposure of the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO initiative. Hear the full […] And we’ll hear a Word from Welton, remembering the Rev. Dr. John Raines, who passed away this week. Dr. Raines, an ordained Methodist minister, and his wife, Bonnie, were a part of the group who broke into an FBI office in Pennsylvania, leading to the exposure of the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO initiative.

Hear the full November 18, 2017 State of Belief Radio program here.

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And we’ll hear a Word from Welton, remembering the Rev. Dr. John Raines, who passed away this week. Dr. Raines, an ordained Methodist minister, and his wife, Bonnie, were a part of the group who broke into an FBI office in Pennsylvania, And we’ll hear a Word from Welton, remembering the Rev. Dr. John Raines, who passed away this week. Dr. Raines, an ordained Methodist minister, and his wife, Bonnie, were a part of the group who broke into an FBI office in Pennsylvania, leading to the exposure of the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO initiative. Hear the full […] State of Belief clean 5:58
An Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit http://stateofbelief.com/segments/an-interfaith-anti-bullying-summit/ Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:57:01 +0000 http://stateofbelief.com/?p=9371 http://stateofbelief.com/segments/an-interfaith-anti-bullying-summit/#respond http://stateofbelief.com/segments/an-interfaith-anti-bullying-summit/feed/ 0 American Muslim Health Professionals is taking on the epidemic of bullying across the country. The group is hosting the inaugural National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit. Welton will speak with Dr. Moona Chaudhry, director of mental health programming for AMHP, about the summit, which is slated for December 2nd and 3rd in Washington, D.C. They’ll discuss the […] American Muslim Health Professionals is taking on the epidemic of bullying across the country. The group is hosting the inaugural National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit. Welton will speak with Dr. Moona Chaudhry, director of mental health programming for AMHP, about the summit, which is slated for December 2nd and 3rd in Washington, D.C. They’ll discuss the scope of the bullying problem and the very real damage it causes.

Hear the full November 18, 2017 State of Belief Radio program here.

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American Muslim Health Professionals is taking on the epidemic of bullying across the country. The group is hosting the inaugural National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit. Welton will speak with Dr. Moona Chaudhry, American Muslim Health Professionals is taking on the epidemic of bullying across the country. The group is hosting the inaugural National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit. Welton will speak with Dr. Moona Chaudhry, director of mental health programming for AMHP, about the summit, which is slated for December 2nd and 3rd in Washington, D.C. They’ll discuss the […] State of Belief clean 9:13
A New Look at the Spiritual but Not Religious http://stateofbelief.com/segments/a-new-look-at-the-spiritual-but-not-religious/ Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:53:51 +0000 http://stateofbelief.com/?p=9369 http://stateofbelief.com/segments/a-new-look-at-the-spiritual-but-not-religious/#respond http://stateofbelief.com/segments/a-new-look-at-the-spiritual-but-not-religious/feed/ 0 While the Religious Right continues to grab news headlines and shape government policy, the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated continue to grow. Public Religion Research Institute is out with an eye-opening and comprehensive study, “Searching for Spirituality in the U.S.: A New Look at the Spiritual but Not Religious.” Welton will speak with PRRI’s CEO […] While the Religious Right continues to grab news headlines and shape government policy, the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated continue to grow. Public Religion Research Institute is out with an eye-opening and comprehensive study, “Searching for Spirituality in the U.S.: A New Look at the Spiritual but Not Religious.” Welton will speak with PRRI’s CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones about what his team learned from their research into the fastest-growing segment of the population.

Hear the full November 18, 2017 State of Belief Radio program here.

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While the Religious Right continues to grab news headlines and shape government policy, the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated continue to grow. Public Religion Research Institute is out with an eye-opening and comprehensive study, While the Religious Right continues to grab news headlines and shape government policy, the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated continue to grow. Public Religion Research Institute is out with an eye-opening and comprehensive study, “Searching for Spirituality in the U.S.: A New Look at the Spiritual but Not Religious.” Welton will speak with PRRI’s CEO […] State of Belief clean 14:59