This weekend on State of Belief Radio, listen to one faith leader advocating for change in our country’s immigration system; to find out about the pandering to the Christian Nation movement that’s already happening in anticipation of next year’s elections; and to hear a rabbi’s reaction to the birth of the royal baby. Download Icon

Welton Gaddy with Bishop Minerva Carcano

Welton Gaddy with Bishop Minerva Carcaño

Ending Deportation
On Thursday in our nation’s capital, a diverse group of faith leaders and supporters marched to the White House in protest of the numerous deportations that have occurred under the Obama administration’s watch. United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcaño led the procession and faith service, and presented a petition, signed by more than 4,000 people, calling on President Obama to halt all deportations. The first Hispanic woman elected to the Episcopacy of the United Methodist Church and the denomination’s official spokesperson on immigration, Bishop Carcaño is on State of Belief this week to discuss the moral and justice components of deportation. CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT

Building Christian Nations
In early July, David Lane, the Christian Nation activist, organized an event for conservative evangelical pastors called “Rediscovering God in America.” Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul participated in the event, which sought to galvanize the extreme Evangelical voter bloc while effectively declaring war on moderate Republicans. Peter Montgomery, a senior fellow at People for the American Way, talks with Welton about the threat that David Lane and his followers pose to secular politics and the separation of church and state in our country. CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT

The Case for Children: Royal Baby Edition
This week, the world anxiously awaited the arrival of the third in line to the throne of England. When His Royal Highness George Alexander Louis finally arrived, celebrations broke out around the world. Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, best-selling author and one of “New York’s Hippest Rabbis,” joined in celebrating the birth of the royal baby with his own twist. Rabbi Simcha, author of The Case for Children: Why Parenthood Makes Your World Better, joins Welton on State of Belief this week to discuss whether the royal baby might make parenting fashionable again.

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