In 2021

Especially since the events of January 6, those of us who still believe in our nation’s democracy have continued to sound the alarm over the growing campaign of rightwing authoritarianism. At the center of this looming threat is Christian Nationalism. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will hear from scholars, activists and clergy who are on the frontlines combatting the growing threat of Christian Nationalism.

The Religious Right is often portrayed as if it works in the shadows – but in fact, it continues to organize coordinated legislative campaigns that aim to enshrine their beliefs into law, undermine basic nondiscrimination protections, and concentrate power in the hands of a select few. This campaign is known as Project Blitz. Frederick Clarkson, senior research analyst at Political Research Associates, will join the Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss his latest exclusive reporting on the Religious Right’s infamous and anti-democratic campaign.

Christian Nationalism doesn’t just harm democracy – it also endangers the sanctity of religion itself. Members of the Religious Right often cite their extreme beliefs and “Biblical truth” when it serves their narrow interest, twisting religion into a political weapon. Rev. Gaddy will sit down with best-selling author, activist, religious scholar, and former theological seminary president Dr. Obrey Hendricks, to discuss his new book Christians Against Christianity: How Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Destroying Our Nation and Our Faith.

For years, Interfaith Alliance has partnered with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in the fight for a more just, more equitable vision of religious freedom. Holly Hollman, general counsel and associate executive director of the BJC will join Welton to discuss the organization’s latest tool in the fight against Christian supremacy – its “Responding to Christian Nationalism” curriculum.

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