Here’s what’s coming up on the next State of Belief Radio:

Why are the likes of Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich joining the outrageous Westboro Baptist Church in blaming the Newtown school shootings on our – quote – “turning away from God”? We’ll hear from one very articulate writer on the topic, Dr. Anthea Butler. Her Religion Dispatches article is headlined “Guns and Babies: What Newtown Does NOT Teach Us.”

You’ll also meet religion historian Adam English. His new book is titled “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra.” Yes, Virginia, there really was a Santa Claus!

And Welton will be joined by Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, always a wise and fascinating guest, who’ll talk about his Jewish experience in the midst of the Christmas season as it’s observed today in our country.

Here’s how to listen.

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