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This weekend, tune in to State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, for an analysis of the proposed immigration reform bill: who it excludes, what it omits, and how those omissions may affects our country. We will also hear about a new book with offers a provocative oxymoron in its title: The Idolatry of God. Download Icon

Inclusion for (Almost) Everyone
This past week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved an immigration bill to be sent to the Senate floor. While the bill, if passed by Congress and signed by the president, could put 11 million people on the path to citizenship, it fails to include immigration equality for LGBT couples. The Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, the long-time Senior Minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York City and social justice activist, will be joining Welton on this week’s State of Belief to discuss the moral aspects of these and other exclusions in the bill as well as her efforts in aiding those affected by detention and deportation.  CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW AND TRANSCRIPT

Prohibiting Religious Profiling
While the current immigration reform proposal prohibits profiling based on race and ethnicity, it omits the prohibition of profiling based on religion or national origin. Interfaith Alliance has been working to close this glaring loophole, which undermines our nation’s commitment to religious liberty and equal protection of the law. Glenn Katon, the legal director for Muslim Advocates, is on this week’s show to share his concerns and discuss the likely negative effects for members – or perceived members – of minority religious groups. CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW AND TRANSCRIPT

“Pyro-Theology”
Provocative Irish author and philosopher Peter Rollins is out with a new book entitled The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction. He describes his work as “pyro-theology,” an approach to faith that invites us to face the unknown and accept the difficulties of existence. Rollins will join Welton this week to talk about his new book, and the importance of embracing uncertainty and dissatisfaction. CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW AND TRANSCRIPT

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