This weekend, tune in to a special edition of State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast. The State of Belief team had the opportunity to travel down to Charlotte, NC this past week for the 2012 Democratic National Convention (we wanted to be in Tampa for the Republican National Convention but we couldn’t get credentials).

You’ll get to hear from key swing-state delegates on the Convention floor about the influence they think religion will have on this year’s vote.

This week, not only does Welton interview Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, and civil rights leader and Georgia Representative John Lewis, both of whom addressed the Convention; but he also spoke with James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, about religious freedom in America and the issues influencing the Arab-American vote. We caught up with Kim Lawton, host of the popular “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly” program on PBS.  And you’ll get to hear from Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky and the Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Jr., senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation.

We were fortunate enough to have Greg Lebel, veteran of several presidential campaigns and assistant professor of political management at George Washington University, with us in Charlotte. On this weekend’s show, Greg and Welton will discuss both political Conventions: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Don’t forget to visit, where you’ll find video interviews with nearly 20 knowledgeable and insightful guests at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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