In 2012

This week on the show we share some highlights you may have missed earlier this year. Even if you tune in every week, these are interviews worth re-hearing.

What three women – Muslim, Jewish and Christian share
Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner, came together to search for common ground – and just as importantly, to learn from the differences – among their three faith traditions, and wrote a book about it. They came to the studio to discuss The Faith Club, which sets a model others can follow toward interfaith discovery.

A closer look at the Family Research Council
The Family Research Council has been branded a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for tactics such as pushing its extremist anti-gay positions with outlandish and unsubstantiated claims. As FRC rides the coattails of the American Bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” with its own politically suspect campaign – “Two Weeks for Freedom” – it’s time for a reminder that the mild-mannered and frequently televised president of the FRC, Tony Perkins, has called Americans who want to protect the boundaries between religion and government “cultural terrorists.” Southern Poverty Law Center “Intelligence Project” Director Mark Potok discussed the FRC with Welton.

A conversation with author Irshad Manji
Irshad Manji, author of the best-selling The Trouble With Islam Today, and the head of the Moral Courage Project at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, talked to Welton in advance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 about her latest book, Allah, Liberty and Love:
The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom (just banned in Malaysia) and the ways that followers of all faiths can counter what she calls “dogmatic” forces that are alienating many of those followers.

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