S2 E25: What It’s Like to Be Obviously Religious in America

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Season 2, Episode 25

  • Oct 3, 2022 12:00 pm
  • 52:51 mins

The freedom to believe—and express those religious beliefs—is embedded in America’s founding documents. But being obviously religious—like wearing a hijab, turban or yarmulke—doesn’t always bring a friendly response. If everyone knew, just by looking at you, that you are a person of faith, would you act differently? In this episode, we’re thinking more deeply about how much we—as individuals and as a society—really value religious diversity and public expressions of faith. Guests: Simran Jeet Singh, Executive Director for the Aspen Institute’s Religion & Society Program and author of The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life. Justin McClain, Catholic educator and author of Called to Teach, Alleluia to Amen, and Called to Pray. Asma Uddin, attorney, visiting law professor at Catholic University of America, author of “When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom” Diana Eck, founder of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University (photo credit: Simran Jeet Singh by John Noltner)