Republicans in Congress just notched their first major legislative victory this year – a sweeping tax bill that will primarily benefit wealthy Americans and corporations. The legislation includes a number of giveaways to the Religious Right. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore the morality of revamping taxes, taking from the poor and giving to the rich and being our brother’s keeper.

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and the original Nun on the Bus, has spoken out forcefully and articulately about the moral aspects of the Republican tax bill. She will join host Rev. Welton Gaddy to break down the bill and its impact on everyday Americans. With the news moving so quickly, you won’t want to miss this conversation.

Far too often, claims of “deeply held religious beliefs” are really just cover for discrimination. The Alliance Defending Freedom is a key force behind the effort to distort religious freedom into a right to discriminate. Investigative journalist Sarah Posner recently revealed the disturbing reach – and success – of their efforts in The Nation. She’ll join Welton to discuss the corrosive impact of advancing discrimination in the name of religious liberty.

If there was ever a cautionary tale for what can happen when politics trumps religion, we’re seeing it in Alabama right now. With the Alabama special election less than two weeks away, we’ll be joined by Rabbi Barry Leff, who leads Temple Beth-El in Birmingham. He’ll provide an inside look at the damage interfaith cooperation is likely to sustain in the wake of polarizing political endorsements from Alabama clergy.

And we’ll get a Word from Welton about the changes he’s seen in how our nation treats its most vulnerable citizens  – and what Gandhi said that says about us.

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