Happy Memorial Day Weekend! This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will share some memorable moments from Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Awards ceremony hosted by Interfaith Alliance in our nation’s capital and get an update on the Equality Act from Katy Joseph, Interfaith Alliance’s policy and legislation advisor.
The Equality Act is the first-ever piece of LGBTQ civil rights legislation passed by a chamber of Congress – giving us all a lot to celebrate. State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy will speak with Interfaith Alliance’s Katy Joseph about next steps moving forward for the bipartisan bill as it moves to the Senate soon. Katy has been on the frontlines of advocacy to support The Equality Act and will give us critical insights into the vote in the House of Representatives, which coalition partners have joined the fight, how religious freedom fits into the picture, and what’s next.
The Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Awards recognize those whose courageous actions embody the values of civility, tolerance, and cooperation in the advancement of public dialogue and public policy on traditionally controversial issues. This year, Interfaith Alliance honored Judge William H. Webster, former director of the FBI and the CIA, and former CBS News correspondent Peter Maer. During the ceremony, Maer interviewed Judge Webster as the two spoke about their careers, the state of our institutions, and why fighting for religious freedom for all is still urgent today. This week, we will share highlights of their conversation and more from the ceremony. You can also find the full archived livestream video of the event on the Interfaith Alliance Facebook page.