Across the South, attempts to end the veneration of the Confederacy in the public square have brought to light long-hidden racist and even white supremacist convictions. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore the tense and even violent reaction in certain quarters to the removal of plaques, statues and other monuments to the Confederacy.

Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Dr. Pearson Cross, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and former head of the Political Science Department. Pearson will discuss the situation in Louisiana and recent efforts by the state legislature to push back on efforts to remove Confederate monuments. He and Welton will also explore the origins and religious overtones of the backlash against the move to take down racist symbols from the past.

Author and activist Haroon Moghul is an articulate commentator and incisive critic. He first came on our show in 2010 to discuss Oklahoma’s so-called “Sharia ban.” This month, Haroon is releasing his memoir, titled How to Be a Muslim: An American Story, and he’ll be on the show to share his story with us.

Finally, Welton will be joined by our resident politics expert Greg Lebel. With years of experience inside presidential campaigns, we’ll ask him what the Trump administration’s behavior suggests is really happening behind the scenes, even as the press gets shut out. You won’t want to miss his insights.

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