Washington, DC – On this weekend’s “State of Belief,” The Interfaith Alliance Foundation’s show on Air America Radio, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy examines the influence of evangelical Christians within the Department of Defense.  Last week, six senior Pentagon officials were reprimanded for wearing their uniforms when they gave testimonials on a video by a group called Christian Embassy.  Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, tells Rev. Gaddy that evangelical Christian organizations have established groups at each of the U.S. military’s nearly 400 bases around the globe.  Weinstein uses the term “Pentecostalgon” to describe the headquarters of the Department of Defense.

Also on the show: Professor Peggy Levitt, author of God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape on the role of religion in the current immigration debate.

State of Belief is religion and radio, done differently.  State of Belief explores the intersection of religion with politics, culture, media, and activism. Through interviews with newsmakers and celebrities, reports from the field, and his own commentary, Rev. Welton Gaddy shows how religion and freedom are compatible and how the religious right is wrong for America and bad for religion.

10:00 to 11:00 AM ET each Saturday and rebroadcast at 7:00 to 8:00 PM ET each Sunday on Air America Radio Network. To see where and when State of Belief is broadcast or to stream or podcast go to: www.StateofBelief.com.

Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.