Religious Freedom Day was January 16, and this weekend on Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast State of Belief, we look at the significance of that day, as well as the little-known U.S. State Department office responsible for promoting religious freedom worldwide, and we talk about the recent greatly publicized comments of newly inaugurated Alabama Governor Robert Bentley. Tune in to hear:

Dr. Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair of Religion at the University of Pennsylvania, on the Senate’s hold on President Obama’s nomination for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Rev. Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook. Dr. Butler writes on religion and politics at ReligionDispatches.org and is the author of Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World.

Kevin Eckstrom, Religion News Service Editor, on the controversial comments of Alabama’s new governor, Robert Bentley, at a speech on Martin Luther King Day, Bentley’s subsequent apology, and the significance of religion-based language being used by a political figure.

Also, Rev. Gaddy shares his thoughts on Governor Bentley’s comments later in the show.


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