Saturday, January 21, 2006

State of Belief Radio Show

I hope to have more time to post here soon. Since this is tomorrow, I wanted to pass along the following email update as a heads-up to anyone who is interested...

Leahy Opposes Alito on Sunday's State of Belief Radio

Gaddy, Leahy, Hackett, Eltantawi on the intersection of religion with politics, culture, media, and activism

Washington, January 20 -- "State of Belief," the new, much talked about Air America Radio show on religion and politics, announces a terrific show for Sunday, January 22, building on the great success of the first show.

This Sunday's State of Belief features interviews with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Paul Hackett, US Senate candidate from Ohio.

Leahy tells host Welton Gaddy that Judge Samuel Alito is only the second Supreme Court nominee he has opposed in 32 years in the Senate. Senators who supported Alito from the start and declined to ask Alito tough questions didn't serve their country well, Leahy says.

"I don't go to church to get my politics anymore than I elect politicians to give me my religion," Hackett says.

And Gaddy explains, "I'm doing this radio show because I want to hold up an attractive alternative to the Religious Right. I want to provide information and tools for action for all interested in working together for the good of all people regardless of their posture toward religion. In my vision, State of Belief, is, at least in part, to promote the proper role of religion in the nation, and thus, to prevent the Religious Right from hijacking religion and stealing our nation."

Activist Sarah Eltantawi offers a compelling commentary on how the progressive Muslim movement is working with other progressive religious groups in America. And a student from Georgia explains how religion and politics intersected in her life --in this case, in her biology classroom.

State of Belief talks about religion and politics in public in all the ways you're not supposed to. Through interviews with newsmakers and celebrities and field reports from around the country, State of Belief explores the intersection of religion with politics, culture, media, and activism. Welton believes that religion and radical freedom are best friends. And that the Religious Right is wrong -- wrong for America and bad for religion.

State of Belief
Religion and radio, done differently
Brought to you by The Interfaith Alliance Foundation
5:00 to 6:00 PM EST each Sunday
Air America Radio Network

To see where Air America is broadcast, go to (It is likely that State of Belief will be on the air this Sunday at 5 PM EST on your local Air America Radio affiliate. Or, you can listen online or on XM Satellite Radio, channel 167).

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