Dr. William Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace. Dr. Vendley talks about the December 14th conference in Bethlehem that brought leaders of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths together in the quest for peace, and about the hope that other recent multifaith actions, both among leaders and among adherents, offer for the future.
Sarah Posner, Associate Editor of Religion Dispatches, and author of “God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters.” With Rep. Peter King (R-New York) in charge of the House Homeland Security Committee and calling for hearings into Islamic Leaders’ potential support of terrorism, Sarah talks about the possible implications for interreligious relations and church-state separation. We also explore the disconnect between values-oriented campaign rhetoric and wholesale opposition to social programs that many might consider to be moral imperatives among many conservative legislators.
The Intersection Awards rate recent headlines in terms of the stories’ impact on religious liberty. And Welton has a few words to say about the recent Gallup Poll suggesting an increasing number of Americans, while identifying themselves as religious, do not participate regularly in any community of faith.