Here’s what’s coming up on the next State of Belief Radio:

Bread for the World President Rev. David Beckmann joins us this weekend to examine the ongoing threat to poverty and hunger programs from the seemingly endless series of budget crises that keep coming up (or getting manufactured) – especially in light of what some analysts are calling the public’s “fiscal crisis fatigue.” Rev. Beckmann will also update us on his work with the Circle of Protection initiative, which just issued an open letter to our national political leaders urging keeping poverty programs a priority.

Plus, Religion Dispatches Senior Editor Sarah Posner will discuss her analysis of Sen. Ted Cruz’s tendency to demagogue his opponents in true Joe McCarthy fashion. Maybe we’ll get to some of her thoughts on Tim Tebow’s recent reversal on preaching at controversial pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress’ First Baptist Church in Dallas.

And writer Christian Piatt will discuss his recent Washington Post “guest voices” column, “Don’t call us ‘the nones’: In praise of religious independence.” He’s the author of “Banned Questions about the Bible” and “Banned Questions About Jesus.” Christian has also written a new memoir on faith, family and parenting called “PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude, and a Due Date.”

That’s all coming up next time, on State of Belief! Here’s how to listen.

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