President of the Interfaith Alliance to discuss politics, religion at Coe

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2011-11-21 08:49:48 - General

The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance in Washington, D.C., will present “’But God said I could be President!’  Is God confused or are we?” in an upcoming speech at Coe College.  The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.  It is free and open to the public.

In this lecture, Gaddy will discuss the dangers our country faces as politics and religion become increasingly intertwined.  This presentation is timely given the Presidential election cycle and the current climate of using religious rhetoric to garner political support.

The author of more than 20 books, including “First Freedom First: A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Religious Liberty and the Separation of Church and State,” Gaddy leads the national non-partisan grassroots and educational organization, Interfaith Alliance.  Gaddy hosts the weekly “State of Belief” radio program, where he explores the role of religion in the life of the nation by illustrating the vast diversity of beliefs in America, while exposing and critiquing both the political manipulation of religion for partisan purposes and the religious manipulation of government for sectarian purposes

A well-respected and often sought-after spokesperson, Gaddy provides regular commentary to the national media on issues relating to religion and politics.  He has appeared on numerous programs including MSNBC's “The Rachel Maddow Show,” NBC's “Evening News” and “Dateline,” PBS's “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly” and “The Newshour with Jim Lehrer,” C-SPAN's “Washington Journal,” ABC's “World News Tonight,” and CNN's “The World Today with Wolf Blitzer.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Coe College Office of the Chaplain, the Cornell College Chaplain’s Office, COEXIST – the Coe student interfaith organization, Inter-Religious Council of Linn County, Children of Abraham Dialogue Group of Linn County, and Faith in Iowa.  For more information, go to or call 515-279-8715.