The brave members of America’s armed forces are trained to be ready for a surprise attack at any time. But what happens when the surprise attack comes from their own commander-in-chief? This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll take a deeper look at President Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military, which he announced without warning on Twitter.

Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Rabbah Rona Matlow, who describes herself as “the only nuclear-qualified, transgender rabbi,” to explore the implications of the president’s unprovoked and ill-conceived attack on transgender people. Some observers called the ban a deliberate diversion, but the consequences could be devastating just the same. Rona will share her personal perspective as a transgender veteran who is counseling and supporting potentially affected service members. You won’t want to miss it.

It’s no secret that the Religious Right has taken on an entirely new level of influence under President Trump. Our present circumstances mandate that we revisit a 2015 interview with Princeton history professor Kevin Kruse, author of the invaluable book One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America. As you’ll hear, the seemingly unprecedented confluence of religious zealotry and corporate greed is far from new.

Finally, Welton will be joined by political management expert Greg Lebel for a conversation on how the Trump administration is changing our country, including everyday life and America’s vital relationships abroad. It’s easy to lose perspective with so much news coming out of Washington. We’ll check in with Greg to place this news within the grand sweep of American history.

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