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Sit down with your dad or father figure this Father’s Day weekend – and with Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast State of Belief – to hear from the first openly transgender person to ever testify before the U.S. Senate, take a look at the Catholic upcoming “religious liberty” campaign, and find out what one professor meant when he wrote: “I’m a Mormon, Not a Christian.”

History Made in the Senate
Kylar Broadus
, a practicing attorney and professor of law at Lincoln University of Missouri, became the first openly transgender person to testify before the U.S. Senate this week when he spoke in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) at a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions hearing this past week. Listen in as he and Welton discuss the hearing and the response he’s gotten since then. And if you missed it, click on over to our Facebook page to watch his testimony. Prof. Broadus is also the founder of Trans People of Color Coalition.

A Look at “Fortnight for Freedom”
Thursday, June 21 marks the start of the “Fortnight for Freedom,” a two-week national campaign by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It’s an all-out effort to focus on addressing the issue of “religious liberty.” Sarah Posner, senior editor at Religion Dispatches, joins Welton to examine the political undertones of the campaign and look ahead to what we can expect to see over the next two weeks once it gets underway.

“I’m a Mormon, Not a Christian.”
A recent New York Times opinion piece headline raised a lot of eyebrows – “I’m a Mormon, Not a Christian.” The author is David V. Mason, who joins us this week to explain what exactly he meant by that provocative assertion. He is an associate professor of theatre at Rhodes College in Memphis, where he teaches a course titled “Mormonism in America.” He’s also the author of the book My Mormonism: A Primer for non-Mormons and Mormons, Alike.

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