This week on State of Belief, host Welton Gaddy is joined by John Thomas, president of the United Church of Christ, to discuss a recent IRS investigation into his denomination. Reverend Thomas also shares his thoughts the impact of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright controversy and the negative use of race and religion in this year’s campaign.

Also, Reverend Jay Bakker and Reverend Troy Sanders talk about the American Family Outing, an effort to start a conversation around gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues with members of America’s mega churches. The American Family Outing is a project of a group called Soulforce.

And, author Daniel Radosh gives us a look into the world of Christian pop culture…Smiling crosses, biblical theme parks, Christian wrestling and more…Daniel Radosh is the author of a new book, Rapture Ready: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture.

 

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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.

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