This week, State of Belief welcomes Bruce Bastian, a former Mormon, respected philanthropist and openly gay human rights activist. Bruce talks about his relationship with the LDS church and the impact that the excommunications of two fellow progressive Mormon activists, John Dehlin and Kate Kelly, will have on the church’s image as a more and more accepting institution. He also elaborates on the LDS church’s level of involvement in secular politics –reflecting on the significant effort the church mounted to pass Proposition 8 in California– and speculates on what its role in secular society might be in the future.

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