In 2022

For the first time in its 233 year history, a Black woman will sit on the Supreme Court. Judge – and soon to be Justice – Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by a bipartisan vote in the Senate this week, shattering a glass ceiling and helping fulfill our nation’s promise of a more inclusive and just democracy. As we honor this moment, we also recognize that the struggle is far from over… And that religious rhetoric continues to be used as a smokescreen all too often. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we will look at how that is playing out at home and abroad.

As the Russian assault on Ukraine continues, it remains shocking that the political religious right in this country – including some members of Congress – continue to show sympathy for President Putin. Greg Lebel, assistant professor emeritus of Political Management at George Washington University and director emeritus of GW’s Native American Political Leadership Program, will join Rev. Welton Gaddy, host of State of Belief, to discuss this international crisis and the domestic response.

This Religion Dispatches headline was hard for us to resist: The white nationalist fringe just took a giant step closer to the center of the GOP. The author is a conflict researcher in Germany who recently published a best-selling book there, America’s Holy Warriors: How the Christian Right Endangers Democracy. Welton will sit down with author Annika Brockschmidt to discuss how an overseas expert views the Religious Right’s attacks on church-state separation.

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