This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, host Welton Gaddy will dive into some of the hottest and most interesting issues in religion and politics today. We’ll hear from Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, recently returned from the 50th anniversary commemoration of the march in Selma, Alabama. Valarie Kaur of FaithfulInternet.org and founder of Auburn Seminary’s Groundswell project will talk to us about Net Neutrality and its importance for religious freedom. And Bassle Riche will share his fascinating project “#Muslims4Lent,” helping to bolster Christian-Muslim relations during the Lenten season.
Back to Selma, Still Fighting for Civil Rights
Last week, on the 50th anniversary of the march for voting rights in Selma, Alabama, the nation’s religious and political leaders descended on the town to reenact and remember that historic march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. One of those leaders was the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, a prominent activist and Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. Rev. Lewis will discuss her trip to Selma last weekend, the continued struggle for voting rights, and the role her faith communities continue to play in our ongoing work for civil rights and equality.
What Net Neutrality Really Means For Religious Freedom
When the FCC announced recently that it would adopt new regulations for the Internet – regulations commonly known as Net Neutrality – the announcement was widely cheered by champions of free speech and denigrated by those who feared this was government overreach. One columnist went so far as to say that Net Neutrality would let the government monitor religious leaders and their communications. But many religious freedom advocates, like activist Valerie Kaur of FaithfulInternet.org, know that Net Neutrality will bring incredible positive benefits to religious communities and religious freedom. Tune in to find out what she thinks Net Neutrality really means. CLICK HERE FOR SHARABLE AUDIO AND TRANSCRIPT
We at Interfaith Alliance know that interfaith action and solidarity take a variety of forms: from standing together in support of policies that benefit us all to working to defend a particular faith group under siege, from sharing our religious traditions with each other to ensuring that everyone has the right to practice their own private faith. But sometimes the most powerful acts of interfaith solidarity come when one group joins another in their religious practice – something Bassle Riche is attempting with his new campaign #Muslims4Lent. Welton and Bassle will talk about what he hopes to achieve with this innovative project, what response he’s gotten and what the campaign’s next steps might be. Bassle’s interfaith outreach also includes the website eidpraylove.com.