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 will continue to work for a world that does not fall victim to supremacism and gun violence. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will engage in two distinct but necessary conversations about the forces shaping the times we are living in.

Some of President Trump’s most enthusiastic cheerleaders come from the far-right evangelical movement. Few know the inside workings of this powerful community as well as Frank Schaffer, who spent many years following in his father’s footsteps as a prominent evangelist and organizer. Having subsequently written powerful books such as Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back, Frank is now committed to exposing the political religious right in any way he can, and he’ll join Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss the evangelical defense of President Trump – and how terrifyingly dangerous he believes it to be.

Our country is at its most politically divided in decades, and it seems that this divide is only growing deeper. However, in the face of rising animosities, organizations such as OneAmerica are working to sow greater cooperation in our communities. Rev. Gaddy will sit down once again with Andrew Hanauer, director of OneAmerica, to discuss his work toward healing the deep rifts that plague our nation.


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