Since the beginning of the year, anti-gay hate crimes in the famously accepting and diverse City of New York have almost doubled compared to last year – including the cold-blooded slaying of a 32-year-old gay man, and attacks in broad daylight. What’s going on? Has organized religion played a role in helping to create the atmosphere that breeds this kind of hate? What role does organized religion play in ending this violent cycle? Joining Welton on State of Belief this week is Elder Joseph Tolton, pastor of Rehoboth Temple Christ Conscious Church in New York City. A long-time leader in New York City’s LGBT community, Pastor Tolton offers credible explanations for what’s going on in the Big Apple and what’s being done to stop it. CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT

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