State of Belief - August 22nd - 2015

August 23, 2015

August 22, 2015 – Remembering Julian Bond, Interpreting Donald Trump and Exposing Christian Reconstructionists

Donald Trump may not seem share a lot in common with the average preacher (at least not our host Welton Gaddy), but both could end up shaping the political landscape in 2016. This week on State of Belief, our host Rev. Welton Gaddy, examines the Trump phenomenon with Prof. George Lakoff, one of America’s leading linguists. But Trump isn’t the only giant looming over our political scene, Dr. Julie Ingersoll joins us to discuss the work of Christian Reconstructionists to put 1,000 fundamentalist pastors on the ballot next November. But first, Welton invites Rev. Dr. Amos T. Brown to help us remember the life and mourn the loss of longtime civil rights champion Julian Bond.

Remembering a Titan of Civil Rights and Religious Freedom
Last Saturday we said goodbye to Julian Bond, the former president of the NAACP, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and a tireless champion for freedom and equality for all. Both Welton and Interfaith Alliance were proud to call Julian an ally and friend. He leaves a powerful legacy to remind us that racial justice, LGBT equality and religious freedom are part of the same struggle. This week we’re joined by a longtime friend of both Julian Bond’s and Welton Gaddy’s, the Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown, to help us understand that legacy, and what Julian Bond can still teach us about the work for civil human rights and equality.

So… Trump?
When there’s something going on in our politics or culture that we can’t make heads or tails (or hairpieces) of, we call Prof. George Lakoff, a world-renowned expert in cognitive linguistics. Well, we don’t understand what’s going on with Donald Trump (Rasmussen just released a new survey showing 57% of likely GOP voters expect The Donald to be their nominee!), so we’re inviting Prof. Lakoff on this week to see what he has to say. He’s also got an exciting new training program gearing up to engage progressives in refining their messaging skills, called Reframe America.

Building God’s Kingdom… on the 2016 Campaign trail?
The doctrine of Christian Reconstruction, birthed by the late R. J. Rushdoony, may seem to be a fringe fundamentalist set of beliefs left far behind by social and political progress. But Dr. Julie Ingersoll argues that the tentacles of those committed to building a bible-based America reach into more mainstream conservative initiatives. Her new book – 30 years in the making – is Building God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction.

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