This weekend, tune in to Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast State of Belief to take an in-depth look at the complicated relationship between America’s first black president and a population, who gave him 95% of their ballots in 2008. Welton is joined by one of the leading public opinion researchers at the corner of faith and politics, an NAACP national board member and the head of the Democratic National Committee’s faith outreach program.

By the Numbers: The 2012 African American Vote
A lot of organizing of the African American community in 2008 happened in traditionally black churches. So what impact has the President’s endorsement of marriage equality had on this base? Has this or any other issue moved the needle? Dr. Robert P. Jones, founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, brings us the latest data. Click here for the extended interview and transcript.

A Scheme to Drive a Wedge into Obama’s Relationship with the African American Community
In 2010, the National Organization for Marriage issued a secret document outlining a strategy to divide Obama’s African-American and LGBT support. Since then, NOM, along with their Republican collaborators, has been working to do just that. Rev. Dr. Amos Brown, NAACP national board member and head of the San Francisco NAACP, joins Welton this week to expose highlights of that document as well as his own observations of what impact events such as not appearing at the NAACP national conference in Houston last month are likely to have on the President’s re-election chances in November. Click here for the extended interview and transcript.

But Not so Fast: The DNC Shores up the Base
Regular listeners of the show know that we work hard to be non-partisan, but at the same time, when issues of importance to us are co-opted for political purposes, that’s something we need to take a look at. That’s why Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins, the Democratic National Committee’s national director of Faith Outreach, is on the show this week. With the special attention some on the right are paying to African American faith communities, we wanted to hear from Rev. Harkins about what he’s doing to counter those efforts. Click here for the extended interview and transcript.

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