Happy Labor Day Weekend! As we take some time this weekend for family and friends, this week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we revisit some of the show’s highlights worth hearing again. Even as we pause to mark the end of the summer vacation season, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas and Louisiana who continue to suffer the ravages of Hurricane Harvey.
It’s impossible not to take the hard-won victories of organized labor for granted – child labor laws, paid vacations, worker safety. This week, we revisit a 2012 interview with Kim Bobo, founder and then-executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, about the importance of preserving those achievements. Today, Kim leads the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.
In 2009, host Rev. Welton Gaddy spoke with Bethany Moreton, who had just published the book, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise. The interview remains insightful nearly a decade later as we witness the continuing convergence of conservative Christianity, political power and economic might.
The respected Southern Poverty Law Center is under attack by organizations, like the Family Research Council, that are enraged at being exposed for what they do – fund and foment anti-gay bigotry, discrimination and even violence. Although one lawsuit against the SPLC is currently moving forward, the 2011 interview with SPLC’s Mark Potok that we revisit this week reminds us that the legendary civil rights organization has long been a target of the political religious right.
With the 16th anniversary of September 11th only a week away, we felt compelled to revisit a deeply moving interview that we first aired last year. Sociologist Orlando Rodriguez lost his son in the attack on the Twin Towers in New York, which inspired him to launch a campaign for peace that he continues to this day.