We are bombarded seemingly daily with stories highlighting the rise of hate and the weaponization of religion by right-wing groups. Yet it is also necessary to take a look at the counteracting forces to such efforts — those who are using their values and beliefs to defend equality, the separation of church and state, and true religious freedom. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll take a look at the important work being done by both individuals and groups to counter the rise of the religious political right.

Whether he has dismissed the inhumane caging children, mocking prisoners of war or ridiculing women’s appearances, the president’s words and actions have set millions of Americans at odds with one another. The Trump administration is hallmarked by its ability to create division in the nation. EJ Dionne, a prolific author and columnist at The Washington Post, whose commentary blends politics, culture and values, will join Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss the inflammatory conservative rhetoric that has exploded in the age of the Trump administration.

In response to the horrific treatment of migrants at our southern border and xenophobic policies endangering thousands of families fleeing unimaginable violence, a growing numbers of religious communities have stepped up to protect and defend migrants and asylum seekers. These leaders and laypeople alike are taking action and drawing inspiration from their faith. One such organization is Faith in Public Life, a national network of faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice. Welton will hear from John Gehring, Catholic Program Director at Faith in Public Life, about the rising activism bolstering in support of migrants.

Throughout the month of July, State of Belief has celebrated Interfaith Alliance’s 25th anniversary. The show has looked back on the organization’s past work defending religious liberty, and this month focused on the founding of the organization and what battles still lie ahead when it comes to religious freedom for all. On this week’s show, Welton will be joined by Interfaith Alliance’s president, Rabbi Jack Moline, to take a look forward into what is in store for the next 25 years.

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