In 2021

Though the previous administration is gone, its legacy remains in the makeup of the Supreme Court. And this week, many people’s fears were validated when the justices announced they would take up a case that could so limit protections of reproductive rights found in Roe v. Wade that it would be tantamount to repeal of that landmark decision. So much for millions of American women being able to make health care choices that align with their values. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, will look at this and other essential decisions facing the high court in the months ahead.

Dr. Jay Michaelson, rabbi, author, attorney, and activist, will join Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss the upcoming case, and several other cases that could profoundly shift precedent on matters of religious freedom.

This past week, the Biden administration took a major step toward engaging more deeply with secular and nontheistic Americans – a group that is growing quickly even as the past administration shunned and even ridiculed them. Welton will welcome Debbie Allen, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, to speak about that step, a meeting between the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the leading Atheist, Humanist and Secular groups in the country.

Polarization in the United States – along lines of faith, political ideology, identity and race, among others – remains an urgent challenge for our nation to solve if it is to survive. Andrew Hanauer, president and CEO of the One America Movement, returns to the program with an update on the work the organization is doing to help build bridges in religious and secular communities nationwide, across the denominational and partisan spectrum.

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