With Super Tuesday just days away, all eyes are on Donald Trump. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. Welton Gaddy sits down with some leading experts on how religious conflicts might affect tolerance and coexistence. We’ll hear from Eunice Rho of the American Civil Liberties Union about “religious freedom restoration” legislation, and Susan Jacoby will discuss her new book about the history of religious conversion. Finally, Rev. Dr. David Gushee will update us on how some campaigns this election have misapplied Christian teachings. Download Icon

When Discrimination Hides Behind Fearmongering
Interfaith Alliance has continually tracked “religious freedom” legislation. It’s obvious that these bills only duplicate existing constitutional protections, while enabling individuals, institutions, and businesses to discriminate based on claimed religious convictions. Eunice Rho is Advocacy and Policy Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union. She’ll join Welton this week to discuss the impact these laws have on the LGBT community – and far beyond. The ACLU is actively tracking and often objecting to particularly extreme state-level attempts to pass similar laws.

The History of Religious Conformity
Susan Jacoby
is the program director of the New York Branch of the Center for Inquiry. She’ll join us to walk through her new book Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion, a fascinating history of one of religion’s most controversial aspects. Tune in to find out how enforced doctrine may have both harmed and served humanity.

How Faith Is Leading Voters Astray
We didn’t believe it was possible, but in the last few weeks religion has gained an even more prominent role in the 2016 race for the White House. Rev. Dr. David Gushee is a Distinguished University Professor at Mercer University who recently wrote the striking article: “Trump and Cruz’s popularity represents two very different Christian failures” for Religion News Service. He’ll discuss how candidates are working to manipulate our faiths this time around.

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