It’s a sad fact that no matter what the tragedy – be it the earthquake that hit Washington, D.C, last year, or Hurricane Sandy, or, most recently, the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut – someone opens his mouth claiming that a lack of national devotion to the Almighty caused the disaster. Dr. Anthea Butler joins Welton on State of Belief this week to talk about why this rhetoric cannot go unchallenged and her recent Religion Dispatches piece: “Guns and Babies: What Newtown Does NOT Teach Us.” Dr. Butler is contributing editor at Religion Dispatches Magazine, and associate professor of religious studies and graduate chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

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