December 20, 2015

This Week on State of Belief: Politicians Look to Fear to Garner Support

On this episode of State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. Welton Gaddy discusses the dangerous political climate that many politicians and presidential candidates have been creating, primarily through the employment of oppressive and undemocratic anti-Muslim rhetoric. First, we’re joined by Farhana Khera, Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, who addresses the impact of the hate speech being used to target Muslims. Then, our own Rabbi Jack Moline joins us to take a look back at his first year as Executive Director of Interfaith Alliance. Finally, investigative journalist Sarah Posner joins the show to discuss the religious right’s growing support for an unlikely candidate, Donald Trump.

Political Candidates Embrace Anti-Muslim Rhetoric, Gain Support in Polls

Muslim Advocates, one of the leading justice advocacy organizations in the country held their annual dinner where they honored Attorney General Loretta Lynch - along with Rev. Welton Gaddy – for tireless efforts to curb the anti-Muslim fearmongering that has been mounting in this country over recent months. This show, we’re joined by Muslim Advocates’ Executive Director, Farhana Khera, who discusses some of the challenges the current anti-Muslim rhetoric is posing for the Muslim community – and all Americans.

The Past, Present, and Future of Interfaith Alliance

As the year draws to a close, we have been taking some time to look back at what has happened this year on our show—both good and bad—as we prepare for the arrival of 2016. Rabbi Jack Moline is with us to discuss his experience with Interfaith Alliance, as he wraps up his first year as Executive Director of the organization. Tune in to hear Jack’s thoughts about the successes and challenges of 2015, and what he’s got planned for 2016.

The Intersection of Religion, Government, and Donald Trump

Finally, we’re joined by investigative journalist Sarah Posner, who is expert at identifiying religious influences on our politics and culture. Sarah recently wrote a piece for Religion Dispatches Magazine, titled Trump Smashing Religious Right Formula to Bits, in which she suggests that Republican frontrunner Donald Trump may be hijacking the religious right in support of his bid for the White House. Sarah discusses Trump’s unexpected success among conservative Christians, and what this means for the upcoming presidential election.

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