While some – like some of the good people of Oklahoma – might be living in a dark, twisted time-warp where up is down and discrimination is freedom, at least State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast is back with a reality-based show. Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of Interfaith Alliance, fills in for Rev. Welton Gaddy, sitting down with Sam Fulwood of the Center for American Progress to discuss the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan. We’ll hear from Father James Martin about how Catholic teachings can apply to secular contexts. And Mitchell Gold will speak out against anti-gay hate and its impact on LGBT youth. Download Icon

How Religion is Threatening the Mormon Church
A depressingly high number of young LGBT Mormons have taken their lives recently. When we saw the headlines, we knew we had to turn to Mitchell Gold, a leading advocate for opening faith communities to LGBT individuals, to help walk us through this crisis. The founder of Faith in America and the co-founder of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, he has worked for over ten years to raise awareness of how anti-gay bigotry hides behind the cloak of religion. He’ll join us to talk about how religious condemnation is most harmful to young people of faith who are struggling with their sexuality.

Bridging International Relations Through Scripture
Simultaneously championing economic justice and the rights of immigrants while opposing LGBT equality and abortion, it has always been difficult to map Catholic politics onto the politics of our nation.   Never has that been more apparent than as Pope Francis continues to speak out against injustice and fights for minorities. Father James J. Martin is a Jesuit priest, a writer, and editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America. This week, he’ll sit down to discuss how to apply Jesus’s scriptures to a universal audience. Lent is the perfect time to look at his book, Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus.

A Crisis of Epic Proportions
Sometimes there are crises and urgent human rights issues that have nothing to do with religion, but everything to do with morality and our values as a nation. The situation in Flint, Michigan has rapidly become one such disaster. When a community loses access to a basic right – clean drinking water- something drastic needs to change. We have invited Sam Fulwood III, Senor Fellow at the Center for American Progress, to analyze the influence of politics and policies on communities of color across the United States.

The Danger of Anger
Rabbi Jack Moline comments on the self-perpetuating sense of outrage coloring this year’s election season – and offers a better alternative for the future. CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT

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