Happy Labor Day Weekend! The holiday marks the end of an unorthodox and certainly unprecedented summer. It also signals the two month mark before election day, kicking the campaign season into high gear. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, will look back at conversations from our first year of programming, almost 15 years ago.

    In 2006, prolific author, editor, and commentator Jon Meacham was managing editor of Newsweek and had recently released his book American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. We will revisit his interview with Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, discussing his book and the influence of faith on the founding of this country – and more recently.

    State of Belief often focuses on the role of faith in American politics. But to understand our own policies, it is critical to understand the wider global trend toward the conflation of religion and politics. In 2006, Monica Duffy Toft, co-author of the prophetic essay “Why God is Winning” in Foreign Policy Magazine, joined Welton to discuss just that.

    “Nones” — or those who profess no affiliation with an established religious group — are fast growing in the United States. And in 2006, Welton sat down with Susan Jacoby, author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, to discuss the secular aspects of America’s heritage.

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