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


Episodes

October 14, 2017 – Virginia vs Racism

10/14/2017
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It’s fitting that a weekend that began with Friday the 13th is the same weekend that the Religious Right is gathering for the so-called Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, to plot how to force their religious views on the rest of us. And for the first time, a sitting president is addressing them. This […] The post October 14, 2017 – Virginia vs Racism appeared first on State of Belief.

Duration: 00:48:38


October 7, 2017 – Religious leaders respond to America’s gun violence epidemic

10/7/2017
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This week we’ll take a look at how the Political Religious Right is perverting religious liberty at both the state and federal levels. Attorney General Jeff Sessions just made it easier for individuals and organizations to discriminate against LGBT individuals under the guise of “religious freedom.” President Trump, for his part, rolled back access to healthcare for […] The post October 7, 2017 – Religious leaders respond to America’s gun violence epidemic appeared first on State of...

Duration: 00:55:39


September 30, 2017 – Taking A Knee

9/30/2017
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This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore what the protests — and the varied reactions to them — tell us about the state of the nation. Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Dr. Benjamin E. Zeller, assistant professor of religion at Lake Forest College in Illinois, […] The post September 30, 2017 – Taking A Knee appeared first on State of Belief.

Duration: 00:48:40


September 23, 2017 – Robert W. Lee on Robert E. Lee

9/23/2017
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We always keep an eye out for inspiring grassroots efforts that find new ways to challenge what all too often seems to be a never-ending torrent of bigotry and intimidation. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll look at one creative response to anti-LGBT activism within the Church of […] The post September 23, 2017 – Robert W. Lee on Robert E. Lee appeared first on State of Belief.

Duration: 00:55:01


September 16, 2017 – FEMA and the First Amendment

9/16/2017
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As recovery gets underway in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, voices calling for federal relief money to be used for houses of worship are growing louder. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we look at the relationship between the federal government and faith communities following a disaster. […] The post September 16, 2017 – FEMA and the First Amendment appeared first on State of Belief.

Duration: 00:57:02


September 9, 2017 – The Death of DACA

9/9/2017
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As we mark the 16th anniversary of the horrific attacks of 9/11, a day that changed so much for so many – and keep all those in the path of this season’s monster hurricanes in our thoughts – there are major stories at the intersection of religion, government and politics that we’ve got to cover. […] The post September 9, 2017 – The Death of DACA appeared first on State of Belief.

Duration: 00:48:33


September 2, 2017 – The Best of State of Belief for Labor Day Weekend

9/1/2017
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Happy Labor Day Weekend! As we take some time this weekend for family and friends, this week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we revisit some of the show’s highlights worth hearing again. Even as we pause to mark the end of the summer vacation season, our thoughts and prayers are […] The post September 2, 2017 – The Best of State of Belief for Labor Day Weekend appeared first on State of Belief.

Duration: 00:49:25


August 26, 2017 – Learning from Germany’s example

8/25/2017
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As Americans debate whether or not to remove Confederate monuments from the public square, it’s instructive to look to Germany to see how that country has memorialized historical conflicts. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll speak with a leading activist who is working to ensure that victims of […] The post August 26, 2017 – Learning from Germany’s example appeared first on State of Belief.

Duration: 00:48:47


August 19, 2017 – Trump and White Supremacy

8/25/2017
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Sure they’re a tiny fringe minority; but the fact remains that American racists have expressed their delight with, and support for, Donald Trump ever since he launched his campaign for president. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll talk about how white supremacists are cashing in their political chips […] The post August 19, 2017 – Trump and White Supremacy appeared first on State of Belief.

Duration: 00:59:32


August 12, 2017 – All the President’s Pastors

8/12/2017
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We’ve seen the pictures of so-called prayer warriors surrounding the President of the United States in the Oval Office. But who are they? What exactly do they believe? And why does it matter that they have access to the Oval Office? This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll take […]

Duration: 00:56:50


August 5, 2017 – Trump’s sneak attack on transgender service members

8/5/2017
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The brave members of America’s armed forces are trained to be ready for a surprise attack at any time. But what happens when the surprise attack comes from their own commander-in-chief? This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll take a deeper look at President Trump’s ban on transgender people […]

Duration: 00:47:46


July 29, 2017 – Faith leaders for Obamacare

7/30/2017
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We just witnessed a remarkable outpouring of opposition to the GOP-controlled Senate’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll speak with one of the faith leaders who threw their considerable moral capital behind the effort to defend healthcare for all Americans. Host […]

Duration: 00:48:47


July 22, 2017 – Stopping the Political Religious Right’s power grab

7/22/2017
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The Political Religious Right already wields disproportionate power in our nation, and now they’re looking to destroy the law that prevents tax-exempt houses of worship from becoming unaccountable slush funds for political candidates. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll speak with one of the groups sounding the alarm […]

Duration: 00:48:48


July 15, 2017 – Books for your summer reading list

7/15/2017
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The news is moving extraordinarily quickly in our nation right now. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll step off the headline-chasing treadmill to revisit three past conversations with book authors that retain their importance and relevance today. First you’ll hear Welton’s 2016 interview with Public Religion Research Institute […]

Duration: 00:48:26


July 8, 2017 – Religion in early America

7/8/2017
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The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History recently unveiled an exhibit on the history and role of religion in the early days of the United States. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll discuss the origin and significance of the exhibit with the Smithsonian’s first full-time religion curator. […]

Duration: 00:57:36


July 1, 2017 – Mixing church and state

7/1/2017
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The Supreme Court announced a major religious freedom ruling this past week that could undermine Church-State separation for decades to come. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll speak with a law professor who will trace the origins and implications of the ruling in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer. Host […]

Duration: 00:48:58


June 24, 2017 – Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, where have the Southern Baptists gone, Trump’s apocalyptic appeal

6/24/2017
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This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, our host, Rev. Welton Gaddy will examine religious and cultural implications of the Wonder Woman film, the shrinking membership of the Southern Baptist Convention and the disturbing parallels between the president’s rhetoric – and that of Americans who truly believe the end […]

Duration: 00:48:12


June 17, 2017 – Booted from the Baptist Convention

6/17/2017
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Two headlines came out of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual conference this week. First there were hiccups in passing a resolution rejecting white nationalism. Second, LGBT faith activists working to highlight the damage done by religious-based bigotry were expelled. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll get a firsthand […]

Duration: 00:48:00


June 10, 2017 – James Comey testifies

6/10/2017
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The nation’s capital has been consumed for days with news and analysis of fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll the discuss the hearing and what comes next. Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Rabbi Jack Moline, President of […]

Duration: 00:48:11


June 3, 2017 – Confederate icons coming down

6/3/2017
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Across the South, attempts to end the veneration of the Confederacy in the public square have brought to light long-hidden racist and even white supremacist convictions. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s radio show and podcast, we’ll explore the tense and even violent reaction in certain quarters to the removal of plaques, statues and […]

Duration: 00:48:17

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