GoTHere’s what’s coming up this weekend on State of Belief Radio –

As the presidential primary season draws closer, a lot of eyes are on Iowa – the first caucus state in the nation. How does that impact state-level activism? We’ll ask Donna Red Wing, Executive Director of the state’s leading LGBT rights organization, OneIowa.

Also, a deeply insightful new book from Rabbi Jay Michaelson, The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path. In what is all too often a feel-good culture, both in the secular and the spiritual realms, Jay offers a reassessment of those priorities on the way to a deeper, richer, and ultimately more authentic relationship with life itself. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

And we’ll bring you another highlight from the 10 year history of State of Belief, as we get ready to celebrate our anniversary in January. This time, we remember the long struggle to enact federal hate crimes legislation. The late Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts was a leading voice in this fight, and spoke about it to Welton in October, 2007 (a year his bill did not make it to a full vote; resubmitted twice more, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was finally signed into law by President Obama in October 2009 – two months after the death of Sen. Kennedy.) You’ll also hear part of a conversation with Judy Shepard, the mother of Matthew Shepard and a leading activist advocating for the law, first aired just weeks before its final passage.

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