Throughout the last week, the politics of reproductive health have crossed paths with both the judicial system and the presidential race. The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court threatens our freedom to make decisions about our health rooted in our own values. And amid the hearings, some Catholic leaders are pushing back against the right-wing argument that Vice President Biden’s stances on reproductive choice should disqualify him in the eyes of fellow Catholic voters. On this week’s episode of State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, guests will help make sense of this contentious moment of religion and politics.

Cutting through the noise to keep attention on the significance of this election, Lisa Sharon Harper is leading a month-long campaign to to engage women voters in important conversations. Each Monday throughout the month of October, Lisa’s project, The Ally Virtual Tour, has been presenting online events that confront the ways that race, gender, and faith intersect with our politics. Lisa joins Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss her work and the most important issues in the upcoming election. 

While protests of Confederate iconography across the American landscape may not be as loud as they were last year, there’s a direct connection between them and the tensions we’re living with today. That’s according to Dr. Susan Neiman, director of the Einstein Forum near Berlin and author of the book Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, who joins Welton for an insightful conversation about the power of the past – and the threats of the present.

Author Frank Schaeffer has been sounding the alarm about the Religious Right’s influence on politics for quite a while, long before Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Now, he joins State of Belief to discuss how his ultimate fears are being realized with extreme religious views finding a place on the Supreme Court.

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