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State of Belief

Religion & Spirituality

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.

Location:

Washington, DC

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

1212 New York Ave, NW 7th Floor Washington, DC 20005


Episodes

February 15, 2020 – Presidents’ Day

2/15/2020
Happy Presidents’ Day Weekend! On this week’s State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll look at the 2020 race for the White House, stop by the intersection of moral public action and personal spirituality, and remember how one beloved past president responsibly included faith in his brilliant oratory. With the first […]

Duration:00:53:32

February 9, 2020 – Oh, Iowa…

2/8/2020
Between President Trump’s State of the Union address dripping in politicized religion-talk, the National Prayer Breakfast, the Iowa caucuses, another Democratic presidential debate, and Senator Romney’s invocation of faith to defend his vote on impeachment, there is a lot to talk about. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, […]

Duration:00:57:28

February 1, 2020 – Muslim Ban 3.0?

2/1/2020
This week marked three years since the Trump administration issued its travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries. Millions of individuals have felt the impact of this discriminatory measure — and to make matters worse, this past Friday, the administration expanded travel restrictions to six more countries. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly […]

Duration:01:00:55

January 25, 2020 – Is This Our Bonhoeffer Moment?

1/25/2020
In times of oppression, corruption and injustice, how should we choose to navigate politics? This question has remained constant among political activists, leaders and advocates for centuries. It is difficult not to ruminate on these questions as, in the coming weeks, we approach the State of the Union Address, aftermath of the impeachment trial, and […]

Duration:00:57:43

January 18, 2020 – The Rest of the Dream

1/18/2020
This week, State of Belief is celebrating 14 years of broadcasting at the intersection of religion, government and politics. As we mark this anniversary, we want to say a sincere “thank you” for listening, supporting, and sharing this program for all of these years! Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief since that very […]

Duration:00:49:42

January 11, 2020 – Ignorance and War

1/11/2020
For those of us who lived through the US government’s “justification” of the Iraq War in the aftermath of 9/11, this week felt like deja vu, filled with simplistic black-and-white arguments to justify the extrajudicial assassination of a sovereign nation’s second-in-command; and to beat the drums of war, yet again, in the Middle East. This […]

Duration:01:27:27

January 4, 2020 – Threats and Opportunities

1/4/2020
Happy New Year! As the blank page of another year – and another decade – lies before us, we recommit to taking an unblinking look at both the gravity of the challenges facing our nation, and the breadth of opportunities for making things better, and bringing us together. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith […]

Duration:00:59:38

December 28, 2019 – Inclusivity over divisiveness

12/28/2019
As the year comes to a close, it can be demoralizing to reflect on the challenges to religious freedom that we have faced over the past ten years, particularly under the current administration. However, while it is imperative to remain informed on injustices so that we may be better equipped to combat them, it is […]

Duration:01:06:44

December 21, 2019 – Rachel Maddow

12/21/2019
Whether you celebrate the holidays or simply celebrate togetherness, with family or with friends, we wish all of our listeners and supporters Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and all the best for the holiday season! This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’re excited to share with you a brand […]

Duration:00:47:49

December 14, 2019 – Sen. Sherrod Brown

12/14/2019
This was just one of those weeks. From the next stages of impeachment to a horrific hate crime shooting in Jersey City, to a deeply controversial executive order by President Trump supposedly addressing anti-Semitism on college campuses, there was a lot to be concerned about. All with the holidays fast approaching. At the same time, […]

Duration:01:00:11

December 7, 2019 – Faith is for Inspiration, Not Imposition

12/7/2019
The holiday season is upon us, a time of year that’s a reminder to give thanks for those who use faith as a motivator for creating positive social change that benefits those of all faiths and of none. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will highlight faith […]

Duration:01:09:10

November 30, 2019 – Thankful

11/30/2019
Happy Thanksgiving! As we all pause to celebrate the classic American holiday of gratitude, on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’re serving up an extra helping of some of the most unforgettable interviews we’ve had the privilege to air over the past 14 years of weekly broadcasts. When Madeleine Albright, […]

Duration:00:56:12

November 23, 2019 – Reclaiming RFRA

11/23/2019
This past week marked the 26th anniversary of the implementation of RFRA, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The legislation was intended to protect religious freedom for people of all faiths and none. Yet, many leaders of the religious right have attempted to weaponize the policy in recent years in order to justify bigotry. This week […]

Duration:01:00:20

November 16, 2019 – God vs. Impeachment?

11/16/2019
As a divided nation watches Congress move towards impeaching a president, one group has already made up its mind about Donald J. Trump: the political religious right. Leading voices with millions of followers are undermining a solemn, Constitutional process – in the name of God. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio […]

Duration:00:59:08

November 9, 2019 – Crossing the Oval Office

11/9/2019
“To say no to President Trump would be saying no to God. And I won’t do that.” This is just one of many statements made by President Trump’s longtime spiritual advisor, Paula White. Besides what’s on the surface, what makes this statement particularly troubling is that the “prosperity gospel” pastor was just named as head […]

Duration:00:55:53

November 2, 2019 – Borders and Divisions

11/2/2019
Some divisions create balance and fairness; others can tear a society apart. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll look at American divisions in the form of interfaith action at the Mexican border, the demarcation between Church and State, and the fine line between analysis and hyperbole. For […]

Duration:00:59:17

October 26, 2019 – Religion Beyond Affiliation

10/26/2019
For a number of years now, it has been common knowledge for experts and average Americans alike that there is a steady decline in religious affiliation. Indeed, it seems to be one of the few trends we can still count on these days. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and […]

Duration:00:55:29

October 19, 2019 – Some Build, Some Tear Down

10/19/2019
In perhaps the most blatant and concerning step yet towards Christian supremacism, the Trump administration’s Attorney General William Barr made an outrageous speech this week claiming Christians in America are being victimized by so-called “progressive secularists.” This victim mentality seems to be impossible to shake, even as the federal government bends over backwards to support […]

Duration:01:05:24

October 12, 2019 – Learning to Heal

10/12/2019
This past Wednesday, on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, a Holocaust-denying white nationalist murdered two people outside of a synagogue. He meant to do far worse. This week, and every day after, we are thinking of and working with those who fall victim to rising incidences of white supremacy, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. We […]

Duration:00:58:28

October 5, 2019 – Corn, Campaigns and Constitutional Liberties

10/5/2019
Despite the continued revelations of scandalous behavior within the Trump administration, members of the religious right continue to attack anyone and everyone who dare question the president. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll take a look at the man next in line for the Oval Office, as […]

Duration:01:11:46