Jun 01 2006
The Federal Marriage Amendment is scheduled to go to the Senate floor next week for debate and a vote. The amendment has been called a “partisan tool” in election year politics as the Administration panders to its radical religious right base. Many people say the amendment writes discrimination into the Constitution without cause. One of those people is the Rev. Bill Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
“This is not an arbitrary or theoretical discussion,” Sinkford says. “This is about real human beings.”
Sinkford has performed many same-sex marriages in his church and remembers the first one with pride.
“My overriding feeling was one of joy as it is with the celebration of any couple,” Sinkford says. “[Same sex marriages] pose no threat to other marriages and they pose no threat to the institution of marriage.”
Three grassroots clergy speak about coming to
The Rev. Dr. Marie Fortune, founder and senior analyst for the FaithTrust Institute, joins Welton to discuss the National Declaration by Religious Leaders to Address Violence Against Women, saying religious leaders must acknowledge and confront such violence.
“There is a too common belief among our religious leaders that these things don’t happen in their faith community,” Fortune says.
Jun 09 2006
The show will also include two of its weekly features, Your Voice and Preaching to the Choir. In Welton’s commentary he reminds listeners how the White House office of Faith Based Initiatives is harmful to us all saying, “the president issued several executive orders in his first term that have been bad for religion and bad for democracy.”
In just six months State of Belief has done what no radio show before has by bringing religion and politics together for a helpful discussion. In covering topics from the right-wing takeover of the government and the federal marriage amendment to the environment and the economy Welton has opened the doors for dialogue among religious leaders and politicians as well as all Americans.
“I knew the concept of our show was a good one,” said Welton, “but I had no idea it would be widely embraced across the country. Each week I hear from people who listen to it on the radio, iPod, or computer and their reaction is amazing. Our discussions have sparked conversations at work, in the home and in houses of worship and I could not be more pleased.”
Jun 16 2006
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) joins Welton on the phone to talk about the proper role of religion in politics. He says faith is important as long as there is a clear separation because “we need to make sure we have the religious liberties that make this country great and try not to mix them with government.”
Louisiana State Senator James David Cain (R-Dry Creek) calls Welton from the Senate floor to explain why he wrote legislation to post the Ten Commandments in government buildings, which led to legislators editing the Ten Commandments. Asked if there are not more important issues in
House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) will bring the VRA to the floor of the U.S. House next week in what should be a great show of bipartisan support to extend the guaranteed rights and freedoms to all Americans. Welton says, “No one in this democracy should ever have to fear their vote was not counted. The outcome of elections should be determined by voters, not the Supreme Court, the Federal Election Commission or anyone else.”
Jun 23 2006
Welton talks with Rabbi David Rosen, one of the most prominent Jewish leaders in the Middle East, about the role of religion in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and in
Dr. Mustafa Ceric, The Grand Mufti of Bosnia, joins Welton and cautions the
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