Press Releases

Welton and Madeleine Albright Discuss the Use of God to Justify Power

Washington, July 21  On this Sunday's "State of Belief," The Interfaith Alliance Foundation's show on Air America Radio, Rev. Welton Gaddy talks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about, religion's role in the current crisis in the Middle East, and more broadly about religion's power in shaping world affairs and American foreign policy. Welton is also joined by former Congressman Jim Greenwood to discuss President Bush's veto of the stem cell bill. Albright is the author of The Mighty and the Almighty, a book that explores the influence of the radical religious right and condemns those who use faith to create divisions or to gain power. Albright tells Welton "one of the truly saddest things for me is how democracy is now perceived, which is something that is imposed by an occupation army rather than something that is supported from a grassroots effort". When asked how the current Administration is dealing with international politics, Albright says, "here has been an approach that divided the world into good and evil, but who [is America] to decide what evil is." President Bush vetoed his first bill this week when the U.S. Senate passed stem cell research legislation. Welton discusses the issue with Republican former Congressman Jim Greenwood. Greenwood, president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, says scientists and most citizens understand the potential of stem cell research, and "Congress ought to be about allowing individuals to make decisions for themselves and not imposing their own religious views on the nation as a whole."

Monica Duffy Toft on State of Belief This Sunday

Washington July 30 – On this Sunday’s "State of Belief," The Interfaith Alliance Foundation’s show on Air America Radio, Rev. Welton Gaddy speaks with a professor who argues that God is the ultimate winner in global politics; and  with Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, about the Orwellian “Public Expression of Religion Act.”.  Welton also explores the recent, frightening surge in Apocalypse reporting.

Monica Duffy Toft, the co author of "Why God is Winning" in the current issue of Foreign Policy Magazine, discusses   the success of faith in the battle between sacred and secular.

From Atlanta: Issues on Cuba and the South

Atlanta,   August 3 - On this Sunday’s "State of Belief," The Interfaith Alliance Foundation’s show on Air America Radio, Rev. Welton Gaddy comes to you from Atlanta, Georgia, where he discusses civil rights in the South and the suppression of religious liberties in Cuba. 

 

Welton first speaks with Reverend Raphael Warnock, Pastor of Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, about the power of local grassroots groups in the current movement for civil rights.  Warnock bemoans the current “unholy alliance between those who say they speak on behalf of God and those who have money,” alongside the “deafening silence about the issues Martin Luther King would have preached about."

 

Dr. Stan Hastey also joins Welton in speaking on the suppression of religious liberties experienced in Cuba and the Treasury Department's recent refusal to renew the Alliance of Baptists' license to travel there. Plus, don’t miss Kansas versus Kentucky, South Dakota, and how Jesus would vote in Ohio.

Religion’s Role in Lieberman-Lamont Primary

New York, August 11 - On this Sunday’s "State of Belief," The Interfaith Alliance Foundation’s show on Air America Radio, Rev. Welton Gaddy examines the role that religion played in Senator Joe Lieberman’s defeat by Ned Lamont in Tuesday’s Connecticut Democratic primary. Welton also speaks with David Kuo, BeliefNet.com columnist and former deputy director of President Bush’s unconstitutional White House Office of Community and Faith-Based Initiatives.

 

Former Connecticut House Majority Leader David Pudlin, a prominent Lamont supporter, joins Welton in discussing the Lamont victory, and more specifically, how religion played a role in the Lamont campaign.

 

With the recent appointment of a new director of the president’s faith-based initiative -- which has illegally established government-funded religion -- Welton welcomes the input of former deputy director of the office, David Kuo, who in 2003 resigned in protest.

 

"The White House named a new director to the office, and sent out a press release at 7 p.m. one Thursday evening, and demoted the person's position in the office, and I think that speaks volumes on what they intend to do with the initiative going forward," Kuo says.

 

Kuo also expresses his frustration with the partisan lines that have been drawn around religion. "I'm deeply disappointed that Democrats haven't been more explicitly embracing of people of faith, and I'm very disappointed that Republicans have been continually dismissive of programs to care for the poor.  Nothing changes, it seems."

 

Also, Welton launches State of Belief's new segment, One Nation, Many Faiths, Vote 2006 -- an in-depth look at the role religion is playing in various campaigns across the country.