December 10, 2016 – Surviving President Trump

Many LGBTQ Americans feel threatened after election of Donald Trump and a Republican Congress. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll hear how supporters of equal rights for all should respond to the challenge of the next four years.

Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Sunnivie Brydum, former managing editor of The Advocate magazine, to discuss her concerns about LGBTQ rights under a Trump administration. She recently argued in Religion Dispatches that Americans can’t afford to “wait and see” whether Trump dismantles equal rights for LGBTQ people — by then it’ll be too late. She and Welton will also discuss the current state of relations between LGBTQ Americans and organized religion.

Later in the show, Welton will speak with Rabbi Jay Michaelson, who recently authored a call for resistance to Trump entitled, “They Went Low — We Should Go Lower.” Is this surprising coming from a rabbi, meditation teacher and leading writer on contemporary spirituality. We’ll ask him what he means and how much progressives can change their tactics before becoming just like their opponents.

Finally, Welton will be joined by Rev. Dr. David Currie, who serves on the board of Interfaith Alliance and previously led Texas Baptists Committed, which worked to resist a takeover of the Baptist General Convention of Texas by fundamentalists. He’ll share some of his war stories and connect the 2016 election to the decades-long fight between the political Religious Right and the forces of moderation and inclusivity.