This month marked Welton’s official retirement as president of Interfaith Alliance, which means he’s spending a lot more time back home in Louisiana – just in time for Louisiana to see some of the most bizarre political controversies of the day. From the revelation that Congressman Steve Scalise spoke to a white supremacist organization affiliated with David Duke in 2002 to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s ongoing insistence on bringing Christianity into American political life, Louisiana won’t let Welton take a break from his work to defend religious freedom. To help Welton and the rest of us get a handle on the latest political and religious controversies in the Pelican State, we’ll hear from University of Louisiana professor and leading political scientist, Dr. Pearson Cross.

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