On today’s program, we take a look at one of the most controversial issues for both religion and politics: the death penalty….as seen through the eyes of a chaplain on death row. Host Welton Gaddy is joined by the award-winning director of a documentary about a man named Carroll Pickett, a pastor who presided over nearly 100 executions during his tenure at a Texas state prison…The film is called At the Death House Door.
And, we take a look at some new evidence about how a person’s faith influences which candidate he or she chooses to support for president…State of Belief speaks with one of the survey’s researchers about what faith could mean for the results on Election Day…
Also, George Washington University professor Greg Lebel stops by the studio with an election update, including the search for vice presidential candidates and what the future holds for Hillary Clinton. Host Welton Gaddy shares his thoughts on the anniversary of one of the most important civil rights decisions ever past down by the U.S. Supreme Court, Loving v Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage.
State of Belief explores the intersection of religion with politics, culture, media, and activism. Through interviews with newsmakers and celebrities, reports from the field, and his own commentary, Welton shows how religion and radical freedom are best friends and how the religious right is wrong – wrong for America and bad for religion.