Following November’s election, we shared our hope that the Biden-Harris administration would return to the meaning of true religious freedom, in defense of those of all faiths and none. So far, the White House is living up to that promise, repealing the transgender military ban, restoring our reputation as a nation of opportunity for immigrants, and establishing racial equity as a pillar of the administration. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will look into the Biden administration’s hopes to reunite the nation.
Though the past few years have been filled with grief, loneliness, anger, and sometimes even hopelessness, the new administration signals a change in possibilities for so many Americans. No stranger to the show, singer and activist Chely Wright joins Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, for the full hour to discuss how religious freedom has fared over the past four years, and what the path forward can be for the Biden administration.
Christian nationalism is one of the most potent threats to a truly inclusive democracy in our modern political landscape. Nowhere has this been clearer than during the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol. Chely and Welton will continue their conversation to discuss the cultural divide in our nation, and how religion can be useful in helping to heal – instead of further divide – the nation.
True religious freedom means that all of us should have the freedom and security to live as our most authentic selves. As part of her extended conversation with Welton, Chely offers advice to young people who may be feeling alone, particularly LGBTQ+ youth who are struggling with belonging in their community.
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