It was an indelible moment from this year’s Democratic National Convention. A quiet man, accompanied by his even quieter wife, rose to challenge the way a leading presidential candidate had dismissed the service and sacrifice of American Muslims. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, Gold Star parent Khizr Khan will bring along his copy of the Constitution – and his patriotic conscience – for a conversation about the election and the state of public discourse.

Khan is the father of Humayun Khan, an officer in the US Army who was killed in action in Iraq in 2004. Khizr and his wife, Ghazala, have defied the backlash against their appearance at the DNC and continued to speak out. Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will speak with Khan about the work he is doing to promote mutual respect and non-discrimination.

Welton will also be joined by evangelical theologian Dr. David Gushee, author of the new book, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends: From Fear to Faith in Unsettled Times. We keep hearing about how changes in our culture and demographics are driving widespread resistance and even backlash, especially among evangelicals. We’ll explore those issues in-depth during our conversation with Gushee.

Later, Welton will talk with Rev. Donna Schaper, who will be attending the 2016 UN Climate Change Conference next week in Morocco. You may not have heard much about the conference, but it’s of critical importance. Rev. Schaper is focused on getting more people of faith engaged on the issue and will give us a preview of next week.

And we’ll hear a Word from Welton about the importance of setting aside cynicism and making sure each and every one of us votes Nov. 8th!

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