This week President Obama named Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, imagine our surprise when we learned that a frequent guest of ours used to clerk for Judge Garland! On this episode of State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll hear from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding about a shocking new study on American fear and hostility toward the Muslim community. We’ll talk to Zach Roberts, a photojournalist who brings some startling field-notes from the 2016 campaign. And Dr. Jay Michaelson will share his stories about clerking for the Supreme Court nominee. Download Icon

Fear, Hostility and a Lot of Misunderstanding: The American Muslim Poll
Simmering beneath the growing hostility of our politics – and boiling over obviously from time to time – is an anxiety about American Muslims. In a groundbreaking new study, the American Muslim Poll 2016, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding has sought to measure that fear and document its affect on the daily lives of American Muslims. We’ll hear from the research director of ISPU, Dalia Mogahed, about this critical report for understanding the nature of religious freedom, and religious bigotry, in American today.

Field-Notes from the Campaign Trail
Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but we’re currently in the middle of a presidential campaign. But even if you’ve been inundated with the play-by-play coverage of the race from talking heads on TV, some things you can’t really understand without being there. This week Welton sits down with Zach Roberts, a photojournalist who’s been documenting the campaigns this year. He’ll share his view from the road, what feels particularly different this time around, and what it might say about the future of our democracy.

Clerks
Even as obstructionists in the Senate refuse to even consider any nominee, President Obama has named Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Dr. Jay Michaelson is a religious scholar, an activist, a compelling author and a frequent guest on our show – but we didn’t know this renaissance man clerked for Judge Garland in the late 1990s. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear a firsthand view of the Supreme Court nominee, what it means for religious freedom and a personal story you can’t hear anywhere else!

 

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