In 2022

Religion and politics often collide in unpredictable ways, and the common view that these issues are black and white could not be further from the truth. Behind every headline is a story that sheds light on the diversity, contradictions, and complexities of faith in America today. This week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll dive into the forces shaping religion in public life at the macro and micro level.

When the Religious Right wages the culture war in public, the narrative often overlooks the very real impact these attacks have on vulnerable people across the nation. For families – even conservative families – these issues are deeply personal and painful. Hillary Whittington, an advocate for supporting transgender children in a faithful Christian context – will join Rabbi Jack Moline, filling in for State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy, to discuss their family’s story as shared in the book, Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child with No Strings Attached.

As we mark five years since the deadly neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, we continue to see antisemitism rearing its ugly head in America. But increasingly – and alarmingly – white nationalists are collaborating across borders. Megan Black from the Western States Center, an organization at the forefront of combating hate and bigotry, will sit down with Jack to discuss the international nature of antisemitic and white nationalist movements.

Listeners of State of Belief have undoubtedly felt Welton’s absence on the airwaves over the past weeks, and the outpouring of concern from many of you has been touching. This week, we’re so glad to have Welton back on the show alongside Jack to provide an update.

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