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This week’s episode of State of Belief was taped prior to the tragic shooting in Colorado. In a statement on Friday, our host Welton Gaddy conveyed the thoughts and prayers of everyone here at Interfaith Alliance and State of Belief. You can read his statement here.

A Roundup of Recent Religion News
The headlines have been replete with religion-related stories – everything from Gallup showing that Americans’ faith in organized religion is at an all-time low to the Air Force Academy struggling with where religion fits in their cadets’ lives to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s anti-Islam crusade. This week, you’ll hear a roundup of the recent religion news from Religion News Service Associate Editor and National Correspondent Daniel Burke. Click here for extended interview and transcript.

Bachmann’s Witch Hunt
This past week Rep. Michele Bachmann and four other Members of Congress have escalated her witch hunt, claiming the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated Congress and national security agencies. A prime target is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s close longtime aide Huma Abedein. Joe McCarthy, anyone?  Salon.com political reporter Alex Seitz-Wald, who has led coverage of this story, joins us this week to expose what he thinks is really going on. Click here for extended interview and transcript.

What’s next for the Nuns on the Bus
The leading “Nun on the Bus,” Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice advocacy group, joins Welton this week to talk about the trip across the country that captured so much media attention and public support, the tour’s impact on the cause of social justice and what’s next for this vital cause. Click here for extended interview and transcript.

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