This week, State of Belief is celebrating 14 years of broadcasting at the intersection of religion, government and politics. As we mark this anniversary, we want to say a sincere “thank you” for listening, supporting, and sharing this program for all of these years! Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief since that very first show, marks the occasion with a very special conversation with Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the slain civil rights leader. We also acknowledge National Religious Freedom Day this past Thursday, a celebration of the 234th anniversary of the adoption of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, the eventual basis for the Establishment Clause.
Unfortunately, the Trump administration chose that day to make several announcements that jeopardize true religious freedom for all. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will dissect this new guidance on religious freedom – including the issue of prayer in public schools (settled in law for nearly 60 years.) Kathryn Joseph, Policy and Legislation Advisor for Interfaith Alliance, will join Welton to discuss the latest from an administration which seems poised to tear down the wall of separation.
This Monday, we remember the legendary civil rights leader, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King is revered as an activist whose faith motivated him to fight for dignity and justice across racial, ethnic and religious divisions. The eldest son of the civil rights giant, Martin Luther King III, will join Welton to discuss his father’s activism and legacy.