This weekend, tune in to Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast State of Belief to learn the route your tax dollars are taking to fund the deadly anti-LGBT atmosphere in Uganda; to find out what one church-state separation organization is doing about “Pulpit Freedom Sunday;” and to hear an interfaith response to New York City’s viciously anti-Muslim posters.
How U.S. Tax Dollars are Helping to Make it Deadly to be Gay in Uganda
Periodically, we’ve covered the chilling story of the sometimes-deadly marginalization of the LGBT community in Uganda. Journalist Andy Kopsa, whose work appears in Religion Dispatches, The American Independent and other publications, is on State of Belief with Welton this week to discuss her work tracing the route your tax dollars are taking to help fund the anti-LGBT atmosphere in Uganda. Click here for extended interview video and transcript.
“Pulpit Freedom Sunday”
In 2008, a handful of American pastors stepped into their pulpits one Sunday and preached in favor of a particular presidential candidate, deliberately violating the Johnson Amendment – part of U.S. Tax Code dating back to 1954 limiting political campaigning by tax-exempt organizations. Now it’s become an annual event – and working to educate both pastors and congregants about the dangers of this attempt to counter a “religious freedom” straw man is Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Executive Director Barry Lynn joins Welton to talk about this year’s “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” on October 7 and how his organization is responding. Click here for extended interview video and transcript.
Responding to the NYC Subway Ads
Last week, New York City subway riders were greeted by a jarring advertising poster in 10 busy stations. The ad reads, in part, “Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” Leading the opposition to these venomous ads is the Interfaith Center of New York, and Executive Director Rev. Chloe Beyer is on State of Belief this week to talk about the coordinated response among the city’s faith leaders.