As a divided nation watches Congress move towards impeaching a president, one group has already made up its mind about Donald J. Trump: the political religious right. Leading voices with millions of followers are undermining a solemn, Constitutional process – in the name of God. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will take a closer look at that certainty, as well as get an update on crowdsourced, nationwide effort to promote transparency in individual congregations’ approaches to women in ministry and LGBTQI persons of faith.
But we’ll start with another legislative attack on reproductive rights, one that could open the door to limitless variations on what could be called prenatal discrimination. Rewire.News reporter Jo Yurcaba will join State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy to discuss their recent article examining Sen. James Inhofe’s bill prohibiting the termination of any pregnancy if the mother is aware her fetus is impacted by Down Syndrome.
The impeachment inquiry, at face value, is not an issue of religious freedom. However, some of President Trump’s biggest defenders since the inauguration have been theocratic conservatives, who are now claiming that to impeach President Trump would be going against the will of God. Welton is joined once again by Sarah Posner — reporting fellow at Type Investigations at The Nation Institute and author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters — to discuss the relationship that has developed between Christian supremacists and this administration.
Church Clarity was founded with the intention of eliminating stealth homophobia, misogyny and other exclusionary doctrines that can fester in religious communities that, on the surface, can seem to be welcoming of all. George Mekhail, co-founder of the crowdsourced nonprofit, will join Welton for our annual update on the work of the organization.
We’ll also get a Word from Welton about why it’s so critically important not to tune out of the solemn process of hearings taking place on Capitol Hill – and on the nation’s televisions.