Happy Presidents’ Day Weekend! On this week’s State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll look at the 2020 race for the White House, stop by the intersection of moral public action and personal spirituality, and remember how one beloved past president responsibly included faith in his brilliant oratory.

With the first primary of the 2020 election cycle over, we can analyze where things stand so far. Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, welcomes back to this week’s show Rabbi Jack Moline, President of Interfaith Alliance, to look at the New Hampshire results and ways the language of faith has been utilized candidates thus far.

Dr. Jay Michaelson is a prominent figure speaking to topics of religion and politics today. He is a columnist at The Daily Beast and the author of eight books on religion, sexuality, law, and contemplative practice. Welton will speak with Jay about his new book, Enlightenment by Trial and Error: Ten Years on the Slippery Slopes of Jewish Spirituality, Postmodern Buddhism, and Other Mystical Heresies.

It’s Presidents’ Day Weekend, and the memory of the incumbent’s performance at the National Prayer Breakfast is still a fresh memory. We’ll remember how extraordinarily differently a revered past president treated religion in his public rhetoric by rewinding to a 2009 interview with Abraham Lincoln biographer Ronald C. White, Jr.

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