In 2019

It’s a week of celebration. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’re kicking off our celebration of Interfaith Alliance’s 25th anniversary. Also, Ramadan, a month-long holiday in the Muslim tradition, begins on Sunday evening. Ramadan Mubarak to all of our Muslim listeners.

Each year the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding release a survey closely examining the experiences and public perceptions of and by Muslims in the United States. Dalia Mogahed, director of the institute, will join State of Belief host Rev. Welton C. Gaddy this week to discuss the 2019 survey and resulting titled Predicting and Preventing Islamophobia. The critical research will help us better understand the rich and diverse Muslim American community, and how its members interact with every level of our society.

In the midst of current political tensions, we continue to shine a spotlight on the concerted, long-term effort from the political Religious Right to turn our nation in a theocratic, authoritarian direction. The harm that they have done both to our secular republic and to organized religion is incalculable. And on this week’s show, Rev. Gaddy will look at one extreme example of such harm with Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Interfaith Alliance, and Welton will begin our celebration of this milestone with a visit from Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance. In 1994, a bipartisan group of concerned citizens and activists came together to respond to the threats of a growing and aggressive Religious Right faction in America, and they hoped to push back in an organized way. Welton and Rabbi Jack will look back at Interfaith Alliance’s accomplishments and discuss what’s next for the organization.

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