On today’s program….Do you remember when George W. Bush used to call himself a compassionate conservative? Well whether or not you choose to describe the president as compassionate, a new book argues he’s definitely NOT a conservative. Former Republican congressman Mickey Edwards joins host Welton Gaddy to talk about how the conservative movement went from being the great defender of the Constitution to its most dangerous opponent…And he’s got a lot to say about the role the Religious Right played in that transformation.
Also, we’ll hear about a new interfaith movement that hopes to bring the issue of torture to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness. Over one hundred congregations of a variety of different faiths are joining together to call June Torture Awareness Month and working to end this heinous practice.
And, Welton shares his own thoughts on the end of the primary season and we pass out some of our intersections awards…
State of Belief explores the intersection of religion with politics, culture, media, and activism. Through interviews with newsmakers and celebrities, reports from the field, and his own commentary, Welton shows how religion and radical freedom are best friends and how the religious right is wrong – wrong for America and bad for religion.