This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, our host Rev. Welton Gaddy will speak with writer and activist Rabbi Jay Michaelson about marriage equality in Alabama and President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. We will also hear from Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of Interfaith Alliance, about the organization’s priorities and agenda for the year. Later in the show, Welton will examine the role that religion has played throughout American history with Peter Manseau, author of One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History.

Marriage Equality and the National Prayer Breakfast
A battle between the state of Alabama and the federal judicial system on same-sex marriage ensued this past week as Alabama’s anti-marriage amendment was deemed unconstitutional and a federal judge ordered Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Is Justice Roy Moore’s rebellion a sign of backlash, or last gasp, for culture warriors opposing marriage equality? And earlier this month, President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on the history of religious violence garnered criticism and condemnation from many pundits for allegedly failing to label terrorists as Islamic. Rabbi Jay Michaelson, a writer and activist, will discuss both marriage equality in Alabama and the President’s remarks.

Interfaith Alliance’s 2015 Priorities
A glance at today’s headlines is sufficient evidence of the crucial need for interreligious cooperation in our country and throughout the world. Interfaith advocacy is essential to protecting true religious freedom for all our nation’s citizens. Interfaith Alliance Executive Director Rabbi Jack Moline will be with us to discuss the progress that Interfaith Alliance is making in its mission of defending faith and freedom, and the priorities and issues that he plans to focus on this year. CLICK HERE FOR EXTENDED INTERVIEW AND TRANSCRIPT

Reading Peter Manseau’s One Nation, Under Gods
American history revisionists insist on ignoring the vast array of religions that have been significant in our national history, in favor of a Christian-focused retelling of our origins. Award-winning author and speaker, Peter Manseau, presents a “New American History” in his new book, One Nations Under Gods. The book lays out the religious diversity found throughout American history, and why it’s so important to remember. Peter will join Welton to discuss this rich, pluralistic, historical legacy.

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