In the spirit of the Fourth of July, the Public Religion Research Institute released a survey conducted in partnership with the Religion News Service about patriotism and American identity. The findings present a number of insights into how we, as Americans, view our country and ourselves. PRRI Director of Research Daniel Cox joins Welton on State of Belief this week to share the results of the survey. Find out who is most patriotic and what people are likely to be doing this holiday weekend.

A Word from Welton: Why I Work for the Separation of Church and State
In response to our celebration of the Supreme Court decisions overturning DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 last week, Welton received an email from a gentleman who happened to share his name but, apparently, not his beliefs. Recognizing that sometimes, particularly in moments wrought with emotion, it might be genuinely difficult for people to understand how any religious leader can work for the separation of church and state, Welton takes a moment in recognition of the nation’s birthday to explain why he does what he does.

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