On November 13th, Interfaith Alliance will recognize the recipients of this year’s Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Awards at a gala dinner in New York City. The recipients are retired Episcopal Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon, and legendary PBS journalist Jim Lehrer. On this week’s State of Belief Radio, hear an in-depth interview with Bishop Dixon, as she discusses her journey from Winona, Mississippi to Washington, DC, her commitment to civil rights, and her lifelong work on behalf of the interfaith movement.

Losing Liberty: The State of American Freedom 10 Years After the Patriot Act is a comprehensive new report from the organization Muslim Advocates. There is a lot to think about in this report, available for download at the Muslim Advocates website. Having worked with the legislators on Capitol Hill during the drafting of the Patriot Act, and now as President & Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, Farhana Khera is in the rather unique position of intimately knowing what the Act’s intention was – and now, of leading an organization that advocates for those victimized by it. Ms. Khera joins Welton on this week’s show to highlight key revelations in the report.

Finally, here’s the call for conservative Christians to statistically overwhelm the 2012 elections that Welton mentions in his commentary:

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