This weekend on State of Belief, a look back at the presidential election of 1960 when John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon to become our country’s first Catholic president.  Join host Welton Gaddy as he and guest Shaun Casey discuss some of the important lessons about religion and presidential politics that go all the way back to the Nixon – Kennedy race.  Was this the birth of the Religious Right? Plus, the latest developments in the legal debate over faith healing.  That and more.

Welton Gaddy speaks with author Shawn Peters about the latest in a series of lawsuits in which two parents are charged in the death of their child after choosing prayer over traditional medicine.  Shawn Peters is a lecturer at  the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the author of the book When Prayer Fails: Faith Healing, Children and the Law.

Plus, author Shaun Casey joins Welton in studio to talk about his new book The Making of A Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon 1960. Shaun Casey is a professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary and he was a senior adviser for Religious Affairs and Evangelical Coordinator for the Barack Obama presidential campaign.

And Welton reflects on his recent trip to Doha, Qatar and the optimism in the Muslim world surrounding the election of Barack Obama.

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Religion and radio done differently – this weekend on State of Belief.

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