This weekend on State of Belief, host Welton Gaddy gets some personal insight into the importance of new hate crimes bill from one of its leading congressional supporters.  Plus, a look at the birth of Islam from a female perspective and we take a trip to Indiana for a report on how the economy is affecting the Amish.

Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) joins Welton to discuss the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act recently past by the House of Representatives.  The bill expands protections for homosexual and transgendered Americans and, contrary to the rumors of the Religious Right, will not hinder free speech in the process. 

Don’t miss Welton’s own thoughts on the first 100 days of the Obama presidency in our Preaching to the Choir segment.

Plus, one of the most successful Muslim screenwriters in Hollywood, Kamran Pasha, tells Welton about his new novel The Mother of the Believers, a fictionalized account of the birth of Islam told by the prophet Muhammad’s youngest wife, Aisha. 

And a religious community that has traditionally shunned government assistance is now facing rocketing levels of unemployment.   Find out how the Amish are coping with the economy and staying faithful to their beliefs when Welton speaks with journalist Joshua Boak.  Read his article here

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

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