February 4, 2017 – Trump’s Supreme Court pick vs. religious freedom

President Trump has announced his nominee for the Supreme Court. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record and look ahead to the looming battle over his confirmation.

Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Dr. Jay Michaelson, a rabbi, attorney, LGBT activist and leading writer on contemporary spirituality who once clerked for Judge Merrick Garland — President Obama’s nominee for the same Supreme Court seat. We’ll get Jay’s take on the nomination and examine Gorsuch’s controversial rulings in high-profile religious freedom cases, including Hobby Lobby.

Last week saw major setbacks for religious freedom in the United States, none more so than for American Muslims. We’ll hear how people are fighting back from Catherine Orsborn, director of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign, an interfaith effort at the front lines of the battle against anti-Muslim bigotry.

Welton will be joined by Ken Gude, senior fellow for national security and terrorism at the Center for American Progress, for a discussion of the security implications of the president’s Muslim ban and related policies. Not surprisingly, foreign policy experts like Gude are concerned that these attacks on an entire religion will play directly into the hands of enemies like ISIS.

Finally, we’ll get a word from Welton on new challenges to religious freedom in the face of an anticipated rightward shift on the Supreme Court.