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Tune in this weekend to Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast State of Belief to learn what Americans really think about religious liberty, explore the history of the “culture wars” and get a glimpse into Muslims communities around the country.

Americans and Religious Liberty
Hot off the presses, a new survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, asked Americans about a popular news subject – religious liberty. Despite the recent non-stop religious and political messaging, most Americans (including Catholics) don’t think their religious liberty is under attack. This week Dr. Robert P. Jones, CEO of PRRI, fills us in on their surprising findings and gives us great new insight into the state of religious liberty in America. Click here for extended interview, video and transcript.

Science and Faith in American Politics
It’s always assumed that the conservative campaign against reproductive rights is an age-old battle, but Jonathan Dudley, author of Broken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics, this week lets us in on a secret – this campaign isn’t just politically convenient, it’s also very new. Listen in as Dudley, an alumnus of Yale Divinity School, walks us through the history of the “culture wars” and the changes in attitude toward abortion in the very recent past.

Muslims in America
With headlines about mosque protests, police surveillance and the now-cancelled “All-American Muslims” television series, it would have been easy to conclude that in recent years Islamic communities from coast-to-coast have been embroiled in controversy. But reality, as always, is much more complicated than that. Dr. Ihsan Bagby, associate professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky, is the author of the 2011 U.S. Mosque study entitled Basic Characteristics of Mosque Attitudes of Mosque Leaders and joins us this week to share with us the key findings from the comprehensive new study. You won’t want to miss these eye-opening insights into America’s Muslim communities.

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