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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

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 16, 2018 – Standing with the poor

6/16/2018
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What a week it’s been for religion in America! Religious leaders of all stripes – from the Catholic Bishops to Southern Baptists, from United Methodists to prominent evangelicals such as Franklin Graham – have publicly denounced the Trump administration policy to separate families at the border. The administration responded with its most blatant misuse of […]

Duration:00:49:43

June 9, 2018 – Enough with the cake

6/9/2018
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The Supreme Court gave everyone a chance to claim victory with its decision this past week in favor of the baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. The baker claimed free speech rights on creative and religious freedom grounds. In the narrow Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruling, […]

Duration:00:52:47

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

April 14, 2018 – The Faith of Jimmy Carter

4/14/2018
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We have something really special for you this week. State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, is in Atlanta for an exclusive conversation with former President Jimmy Carter, who is the author of a new book, Faith: A Journey for All. Activist, author and pastor Brandan Robertson argues that no stories are untold, but, rather, […]

Duration:00:48:35

April 7, 2018 – #TownHallForOurLives

4/7/2018
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The way news is reported and the movies we choose to watch play an important role in how we view the world. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore the interplay of religion and media, from the news we consume to the movies we watch. Last weekend, hundreds […]

Duration:00:48:09

March 31, 2018 – Fifty years without Martin Luther King, Jr.

3/31/2018
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Happy Easter and Passover to all who are celebrating! This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’re marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. So much has happened in the half-century since that tragic moment in Memphis. Our nation is unrecognizable in many […]

Duration:00:56:39

#NotOneMore

3/24/2018
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Across the country this weekend, hundreds of thousands of students and supporting adults will take to the streets to demand an end to gun violence. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll have an opportunity to speak with some of the students who will be taking part in the […]

Duration:00:48:53

March 17, 2018 – Believable: Bishop John Shelby Spong

3/17/2018
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We have a special show in store for you – this week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll hear an extended – and rare – conversation with the inspirational Bishop John Shelby Spong about his new book and what his lifelong process of developing an authentic, living faith means for […]

Duration:00:48:26

March 10, 2018 – #NeverAgain

3/10/2018
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Since our first moment on air, we’ve tried to elevate voices of inclusivity and moderation – voices that are far too rarely heard, but are absolutely essential. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll hear some of those voices discuss a few of the most contentious political issues of […]

Duration:00:48:36

March 3, 2018 – Direct from New York

3/3/2018
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We’re coming to you from New York City! This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we are in the Big Apple to catch up with clergy who are working day in and day out to promote interfaith cooperation and calm the storms of division. This week, a new report revealed […]

Duration:00:48:38

February 24, 2018 – Productive Anger

2/24/2018
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It’s been a long year already… And it’s only February! This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore how the anger many are feeling over what the past year has wrought could actually be productive, as we take a look at the inspiring student response to the horrific mass […]

Duration:00:55:46

February 17, 2018 – Generation Z: least into JC

2/18/2018
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All of us here at State of Belief extend our sincere condolences to the families shattered by the latest in the seemingly endless series of mass shootings. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we will hear a special word from Welton about the horrific plague of gun violence in […]

Duration:00:54:11

February 10, 2018 – An Alliance of Virtue

2/10/2018
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As freezing temperatures and snow blanket a large part of the country, the relationship between two communities often portrayed as at odds is thawing. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll learn about an effort to build bridges between evangelical Christians and Muslims and get the download on a […]

Duration:00:50:56