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State of Belief is based on the proposition that religion has a positive and healing role to play in the life of the nation. The show explains and explores that role by illustrating the vast diversity of beliefs in America – the most religiously diverse country in the world – while exposing and critiquing both the political manipulation of religion for partisan purposes and the religious manipulation of government for sectarian purposes.

State of Belief is based on the proposition that religion has a positive and healing role to play in the life of the nation. The show explains and explores that role by illustrating the vast diversity of beliefs in America – the most religiously diverse country in the world – while exposing and critiquing both the political manipulation of religion for partisan purposes and the religious manipulation of government for sectarian purposes.
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Washington, DC

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State of Belief is based on the proposition that religion has a positive and healing role to play in the life of the nation. The show explains and explores that role by illustrating the vast diversity of beliefs in America – the most religiously diverse country in the world – while exposing and critiquing both the political manipulation of religion for partisan purposes and the religious manipulation of government for sectarian purposes.

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Episodes

September 15, 2018 – In Pursuit of Peaceful Tomorrows

9/15/2018
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This past Tuesday, September 11, marked 17 years since the world all Americans knew changed, forever. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we will hear about survivors and families of victims who resolutely continue to demand that that tragic day is not misused to feed fear and hate. We’ll […]

Duration:00:48:42

September 8, 2018 – The Hill is alive… With the sound of resistance

9/8/2018
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We’ve been carefully watching the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Trump to take the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll dig into what happened in those hearings – and we’ll take a trip from […]

Duration:00:48:40

September 1, 2018 – Best of State of Belief

9/1/2018
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Happy Labor Day! This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we will mark the end of summer by looking back at a couple of our favorite interviews from earlier this year. Next week, after we’ve caught our breath from the endless stream of news headlines, we’ll tackle the so-called evangelical […]

Duration:00:48:40

August 25, 2018 – Back on the Bus

8/25/2018
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It’s been another long week of seemingly nonstop, stop-the-presses breaking news stories. As important as those stories are, it’s also important for us to make sure we’re not missing important things taking place at the intersection of religion, government and politics. On this week’s State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll […]

Duration:00:48:28

August 18, 2018 – He who counts the votes, wins

8/18/2018
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The recent primary and special elections in a number of states have reintensified concerns about vulnerabilities in our voting systems – and ongoing attempts to hack them. With the midterm elections less than three months away, we take a look at some of the less-reported – but equally destructive – threats to the core of […]

Duration:00:50:02

August 11, 2018 – United to Love

8/11/2018
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Once again, white supremacists will take their message of hate public with a planned rally in Washington, DC. The event, taking place across the street from the White House, will mark the anniversary of the violent Charlottesville “Unite the Right” gathering, which resulted in three deaths, including Heather Heyer whose moral courage that day will […]

Duration:00:48:59

August 4, 2018 – Religious Freedom Task Farce

8/4/2018
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Welcome to the movement to ensure all Americans of every faith tradition, or of none, are able to freely exercise Jeff Sessions’ beliefs. It’s a dangerous one. On this week’s State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll take a look at the Attorney General’s latest attack on the First Amendment – what […]

Duration:00:48:40

July 28, 2018 – The Best of State of Belief

7/27/2018
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On this week’s State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll revisit some of our favorite interviews that still hold great relevance today. It was exactly 50 years ago that Pope Paul VI issued an encyclical titled, Humanae Vitae, Latin for “Of Human Life.” In the intervening decades, the understanding it promulgated has […]

Duration:00:48:44

July 21, 2015 – One Nation, Barely Visible

7/22/2018
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Every single week, these days, we feel like we need to apologize to you for not reacting on our show to the latest outrage, lie or scandal flooding the headlines. But to be of greatest service, we try to remember the value of going deeper and not just dropping everything in reaction to the next […]

Duration:00:48:49

July 14, 2018 – We Have Questions.

7/14/2018
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Donald Trump announced his nomination to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy – and we have questions. On this week’s State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll get expert insight into who exactly Judge Brett Kavanaugh is and what his addition to SCOTUS would mean for religious freedom in this country. […]

Duration:00:52:50

July 7, 2018 – The Independence Day Book Club

7/8/2018
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This week, to mark Independence Day on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll celebrate the origins of religious freedom in this country and the need to protect this first freedom for all Americans by revisiting some of our favorite – and most patriotic – interviews. In 2007, State of Belief host […]

Duration:00:50:21

June 30, 2018 – Oh, NOTUS

7/1/2018
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What a week it’s been for our nation’s judiciary. The Supreme Court issued the last of its decisions for the term, with several crushingly disappointing results. In addition, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, opening the door for Donald Trump to push the Court further to the right. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith […]

Duration:00:48:39

June 23, 2018 – Zero Tolerance

6/23/2018
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Happy (belated) Juneteenth! This week, as the United States commemorated the official end of slavery in 1865, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions used a Bible verse often employed to defend human bondage to advocate for the Trump administration’s family separation policy. On this week’s State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll […]

Duration:01:00:04

June 2, 2018 – Pride?

6/3/2018
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Happy Pride Month! As people across the country celebrate Pride and the fourth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision making marriage equality law of the land, we’re waiting for another major ruling that will have a direct impact on the lives of LGBTQ people across the country. On this week’s State of Belief, Interfaith […]

Duration:00:48:32

May 26, 2018 – Memorial Day Weekend

5/27/2018
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It’s Memorial Day Weekend. As we remember the service members who lost their lives protecting our hard-won freedoms, the holiday weekend offers the opportunity to rest and renew, to hold our dear ones close, and to recommit to what is a very real battle for the heart and soul of America. On State of Belief, […]

Duration:00:48:40

May 19, 2018 – Religious Right Prayers, Answered

5/19/2018
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The week started with the arrest of religious leaders engaged in civil disobedience across the country and saw the Congressional appointment of an anti-LGBTQ crusader to a body charged with overseeing religious liberty. On State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll break down recent headlines, and learn about new ways to create […]

Duration:00:54:57

May 12, 2018 – Never Again

5/12/2018
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“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” It may be a cliché, but that doesn’t make understanding history any less important. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we will look back at action and inaction from World War II to the so-called “War on Terror” and […]

Duration:00:48:35

May 5, 2018 – Polling American Muslims

5/6/2018
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This week was jam-packed with religion news – members of Congress formed a “Freethinker Caucus,” a chaplain in the House of Representatives resigned and then unresigned, and President Trump marked the National Day of Prayer with the announcement of the new White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative. On State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show […]

Duration:00:48:16

SCOTUS: A Complete and Total Ban?

4/28/2018
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Almost immediately after being sworn into office last year, Donald Trump didn’t waste any time attempting to enact his campaign promise to restrict US entry of people from a number predominately Muslim countries. The ban has been tied up in courts, working its way to the highest court in the land. This week on State […]

Duration:00:50:10

April 21, 2018 – Remembering Donna Red Wing

4/21/2018
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It is with profound sadness that we mark the passing of our dear friend and colleague Donna Red Wing. She was a giant on religious freedom and LGBTQ issues, with an unparalleled understanding of how those two issues intersect. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we will take time […]

Duration:00:48:28