Inspired 11/15

With secularism in the news in France this week, Jacques Berlinerblau, a Georgetown University professor who keeps an eye on democracies around the world, explains the U.S. brand of secularism and why so many people seem to fear or hate it. And with tensions high after the election, we return to Interfaith Voices founding host Maureen Fiedler’s discussion with Gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel who describes how music nourishes his spirit. “Many Different Secularisms” As more Americans identify as not religious, secularism is still, in many quarters, a dirty word. Jacques Berlinerblau traces our changing attitudes towards secularism from its heyday in the mid-20th century to its current reputation as an enemy of religion

“36 Words for 320 Million People”

On the eve of the 2020 election, Jacques Berlinerblau looks at what American secularism may be in for in a Biden-Harris administration and a second Trump Administration.  “We Are the Music Makers”

French jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel is the musical descendant of the great Gypsy Jazz master Django Reinhardt. In this segment from our archives, Wrembel explains how he moved from Catholicism to a more expansive spirituality through music, which he says “makes me dream.” And we check in with Interfaith Voices founding host Maureen Fiedler, who first interviewed Wrembel in 2014.

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