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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

November 10, 2018 – And the winner is…

11/10/2018
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The midterms are over, and the race for 2020 will soon begin in earnest. In terms of protecting religious freedom, Tuesday’s results offered a mixed bag. Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lost her re-election bid. Alabama voters approved an amendment to the state constitution that […]

Duration:00:57:46

November 3, 2018 – What divides us is bringing us together

11/3/2018
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As Americans of all political stripes and faith backgrounds prepare to head for the polls on Tuesday, Election Day, the context is stark. While the causes of the horrific violence we have been witnessing seem abundantly clear, they differ and depend on the perspective of the viewer. The struggle to restore safety and civility will […]

Duration:00:59:44

Whosoever You Love: Rabbah Rona Matlow

10/27/2018
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Transgender Americans are a frequent target of the Trump administration, including an abrupt presidential Tweet announcing an imminent ban on Transgender servicemembers in our military. This week, a leaked memo from the Department of Health and Human Services outlined a proposed plan to re-define gender as “a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth,” […]

Duration:00:19:35

October 27, 2018 – Finding Common Ground

10/27/2018
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We are heartbroken this weekend to once again witness an act of murderous hate targeting members of a religious group in their place of worship. State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, was recorded prior to the deadly attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, and so our focus is […]

Duration:00:58:42

October 20, 2018 – The Rabbi and the Right Wing Strategist

10/21/2018
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For a brief moment, Senior White House advisor Stephen Miller was the public face of Trump immigration policy, including the Muslim ban. Back in the shadows, now, the 33-year-old ultra-conservative continues to craft zero-tolerance and family separation programs, prompting his childhood rabbi to forcefully speak out against his policy positions. Where’s the line for morally-motivated […]

Duration:00:48:27

Whosoever You Love: Mitchell Gold

10/13/2018
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 Mitchell Gold, co-founder and CEO of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, is on a mission. He’s seeking to end discrimination and bullying of LGBTQ youth across the country. Having grown up under the weight of harassment for his own sexual orientation, Mitchell now travels the country, speaking on how we, as a country, can […]

Duration:00:20:44

October 13, 2018 – Hate in the Heartland

10/13/2018
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Our thoughts are with all who are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, which wreaked havoc from the Florida panhandle to Virginia this past week. After every such “Storm of the century,” it remains astounding that the political religious right continues to cling to its disbelief in climate change, underscoring their influence on politicians, […]

Duration:00:54:59

Whosoever You Love: Q Christian Fellowship

10/6/2018
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Last week, the Trump State Department announced that it will no longer issue visas to the same-sex partners of United Nations employees and other foreign diplomats unless they’re married – despite the fact that many of their home countries do not allow same-sex marriage and some even criminalize same-sex relationships. Discriminatory policies like this are […]

Duration:00:15:17

October 6, 2018 – Descending into the Summit

10/6/2018
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News broke this week that the Christian Broadcasting Network is launching a 24-hour news channel. They claim it will present news “from a Christian perspective,” adding to the already full chorus of fundamentalist, patriarchal, exclusionary and odiously political “Christian” voices in media today. Meanwhile, the kind of program that we strive to produce is almost […]

Duration:01:02:05

September 29, 2018 – #LetHerSpeak

9/29/2018
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This week, the nation’s attention was riveted on the Supreme Court confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, with Committee testimony from the nominee as well as from Psychology professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who charges Kavanaugh with assaulting her while they were students. By Friday afternoon, the scheduled vote was postponed and the story remains […]

Duration:00:43:02

September 22, 2018 – Faith in Climate Change

9/22/2018
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The accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are serious and have understandably consumed the nation’s attention. However, in an era when seemingly every day holds a new controversy or scandal, too many other important stories are too often slipping through the cracks. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and […]

Duration:00:48:41

Church Clarity

9/15/2018
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Far too many people, especially LGBTQ people of faith, find it difficult to discern what a given church might really teach about inclusivity when they first step in the door. One organization is working to change that by advocating faith communities make their position clear so that people know what they’re walking into. Sarah Ngu, […]

Duration:00:12:53

Love with no limits

9/15/2018
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Welton will speak with Dr. Jacqueline Bussie about her new book, Love Without Limits: Jesus’s Radical Vision for Love with No Exceptions. The book investigates how what she identifies as the genuine following of Jesus’ teachings requires inclusivity of everyone and how it could lead to a more peaceful and loving world. Dr. Bussie is […]

Duration:00:16:41

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