This weekend, tune in to State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast to learn about a new ad campaign seeking to “take back Islam from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike;” to meet a father-son writing team who make a compelling case that maintaining the fundamental secular nature of our country is crucial for the well-being of both non-believers and believers; and for some inspiring words that’ll help all of us start the New Year on the right foot.

“My Jihad”
Going one step further to respond to anti-Muslim bigotry and to redefine the national dialogue around Islam, there are ads popping up on buses in Chicago and San Francisco as a part of a new campaign called “My Jihad.” The campaign’s goal is nothing less than “taking back Islam from Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists alike.” This week, Welton speaks with campaign founder and Chicago activist Ahmed Rehab about how “My Jihad” was born, and what the plans are for expanding it nationwide. Click here for extended interview video and transcript.

In Freedom We Trust: An Atheist Guide to Religious Liberty
In a new book entitled In Freedom We Trust: An Atheist Guide to Religious Liberty, father-son team Edward and Michael Buckner make a compelling case for maintaining the fundamental secular nature of our country. The Buckners also explore the history of past presidents being labeled “anti-religion” by opponents (before it happened to Obama, it happened to Jefferson!) Click here for extended interview video and transcript.

Looking for Light in the New Year
This year has gotten off to a difficult and uncertain start for many Americans. There was the last-minute fiscal cliff deal, which left many feeling that Washington is beyond repair. Unemployment, underemployment, gun violence, Syria – so much makes little sense right now. On this week’s show, Welton, with the help of Rabbi Irwin Kula, looks for some light in what has seemed to be a rather dark new year thus far. It’s there, if you step away from the headlines for a moment. Rabbi Kula is the president of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership in New York City. Click here for extended interview video and transcript.

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