This weekend, tune in to Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast State of Belief to find out how religion is popping up on the campaign trail; to catch up with the first openly gay bishop in a major religious denomination; and to learn about an important project aimed at combating bigotry and ignorance directed at Islam and Muslims.

The State of Religion on the Trail
If you’ve watched every debate – presidential and vice presidential – this fall, you’ve invested four and a half hours of your life. Now imagine your job is to manage the coverage of religion on the campaign trail at this stage of the election. That’s a big job. On this week’s show, we hear from with Kevin Eckstrom, Religion News Service editor-in-chief, about doing that job. Find out the state of religion on the trail – both during and after the debates.

God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage
The Right Reverend Bishop Gene Robinson
has been a revolutionary and a pioneer for decades.  Set to retire next year, Bishop Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in a major religious denomination, has ambitious plans for the future. But even before that, Bishop Robinson has just released a new book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage – and then there’s the October 29th PBS premiere of the award-winning documentary on his life and ministry, “Love Free or Die.” Don’t miss this moving conversation about the importance of marriage, the power of example, and the difference one man can make in the lives of so many.

Over the past few months, we at State of Belief have watched with dismay as some of our fellow Americans have displayed ignorance about, distrust for and outright hostility toward those who belong to the Muslim faith. From the hearings on Capitol Hill, to incendiary advertising campaigns, to propaganda regarding places of worship and Sharia law, a new wave of bigotry seems to be on the rise. Hoping to attack the lack of knowledge that provides a fertile field for such injustices,  Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center and its partners in the Transcultural Islam Project have launched an ambitious new resource: ISLAMiCommentary. So, this week, Julie Harbin, writer and editor for ISLAMiCommentary and communications specialist at the Duke Islamic Studies Center, joins Welton to talk about this important new project offering scholarly answers to questions about Islam and Muslims.

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