In 2023

Across faith and place, Americans know that religious and cultural diversity is one of our nation’s greatest strengths. It is because of our beliefs, not in spite of them, that we are committed to building a country where all people are valued and can live with full dignity and respect. This week on The State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, we’ll discuss how to achieve our shared vision of an inclusive democracy in the face of a wave of discriminatory policies advanced by Christian nationalists and their allies across the country.

All eyes have been on Congress as some members worked to avert a government shutdown, while a small minority of exploited the impasse by trying to insert anti-LGBTQ+ provisions – “riders” – into the federal budget. In response, Interfaith Alliance and our allies in the faith fight for equality took to Capitol Hill to urge members to vote down these harmful amendments. Darcy Hirsh, Interfaith Alliance’s senior director of policy and advocacy, joins Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, host of The State of Belief, to recap these past busy weeks in Washington alongside two of our closest partners: Jon Cohen, director of community mobilization at Keshet, and Allen Morris, policy advisor at the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Religious and political extremists have tried hard to make “intersectionality” a dirty word, but it won’t work – because we all know that finding common ground across diverse identities is how we achieve progress. Analucía Lopezrevoredo, the founder and executive director of Jewtina y Co, exemplifies how building powerful coalitions and movements can impact our democracy for the better. She joins Paul to discuss her work building bridges within the Jewish and Latine communities.

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