For over three decades, WPBT2’s Viewpoint has brought various religious leaders and scholars together for discussions on topics of religious, moral and ethical importance to both South Florida and the world.
The goal of this monthly religion roundtable program is to provide a means by which the numerous religions of our community can come together to openly discuss timely and vital issues.
As communities grow and diversify, faith becomes an increasingly significant factor, and each religion offers a unique solution to the concerns of the community. How do today’s young adults view religion and spirituality? Is religion hampering science? Who hates in the name of God?
Spearheaded by host Steve Gushée, Viewpoint attempts to answer these and other questions in an effort to foster communication within the community and help educate viewers on different points of view.
Sunday, May 3 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, May 17 @ 12:30 PM
Religious Freedom Restoration Act Recently the Supreme Court heard closing arguments in a case about the constitutional right to same-sex marriage. In June, the nine justices are expected to make a final decision. They will either grant each state the right to continue to define marriage as each state sees fit, or rule that all marriages must be recognized, including same-sex unions. What will the impact of this decision be on same-sex couples in Florida?
Guests: Donald Jones, J.D., University of Miami School of Law Antonio Lopez, Access Global Howard Simon, Ph.D., ACLU of Florida
Sunday, April 5 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, April 19 @ 12:30 PM
Netanyahu Re-Election: Impact on Middle East Having reached a tentative agenda for nuclear non-proliferation and the ending of Iranian sanctions, the Obama Administration remains cautiously optimistic regarding relations with Iran, while others are highly skeptical. Newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a leading critic of the talks, saying negotiations would “endanger Israel, the Middle East and the peace of the world”. Our panel of guests discuss the impact of Netanyahu’s re-election for future peace in the Middle East.
Guests: Rabbi Jaime Klein Aklepi, Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom Daniel Alvarez, M.A., M.T.S., Florida International University Chaim Shacham, Consul General of Israel to Florida Amanullah De Sondy, Ph.D., University of Miami
Sunday, March 1 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, March 15 @ 12:30 PM
The Ethics of Vaccinations A recent re-emergence of the measles, thought to have originated in California with unvaccinated children, has rekindled the national debate over mandated vaccinations. Is it a parent's right to defer or refuse vaccinations? Is it unethical to pressure parents into vaccinating their children when they are uncomfortable doing so?
Guests: Marin Gillis, Ph.D., Florida International University Deborah Ann Mulligan, M.D., Nova Southeastern University James Nickel, Ph.D., University of Miami
Sunday, February 1st @ 12:30 PM Sunday, February 15th @ 12:30 PM
The Church and Same-Sex Marriage
Archbishop Thomas Wenski candidly discusses the views of the Catholic Church on same-sex marriage and addresses his recent memo stating that any employee of the Archdiocese of Miami found to be publicly in favor of same-sex marriage will be terminated.
Guest: Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archdiocese of Miami
Same-Sex Marriage Across the U.S.
The Supreme Court will likely rule by June on whether or not individual states can ban same-sex marriages and refuse to recognize such marriages performed in another state. How will this affect society at a local level? Both policy and religion are discussed as the panel clarifies the impact of the cases currently before the Supreme Court and explains the philosophy behind the objections to same-sex marriage.
Guests: Caroline Mala Corbin, J.D., University of Miami School of Law Edward Sunshine, Ph.D., Barry University
Sunday, December 14th @ 11:30 AM Sunday, December 21st @ 12:30 PM
The Right to Die
Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old, chose to die last month after receiving a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer. She wished to die on her own terms using the pills prescribed to her by her physicians – rather than by the cancer itself. This case has raised interesting questions about death and what our own deaths should look like. In certain cases, should we be permitted to opt for physician assisted suicide? Currently only 5 states permit the practice.
Mary Carter Waren, D.Min.
St. Thomas University
Raymond Ward, Ph.D.
Michael Hurlburt, Ph.D.
Broward College Raul de Velasco, M.D.
Sunday, November 2nd @ 12:30 PM Sunday, November 16th @ 12:30 PM
Salafism is perhaps best known for the ideologies of Salafi jihadism such as ISIS and Al-Qaeda. It is actually comprised of many fundamentalist Islamic movements whose followers consider themselves the only "saved" sect of Islam. Professor and author Robert Rabil discusses Salafism and his book, “Salafism in Lebanon: From Apoliticism to Transnational Jihadism.”
Robert Rabil, Ph.D., Florida International University
Synod of the Family
The Vatican’s Synod on the Family, a two week meeting of bishops, priests and lay people, addressed major issues including whether to allow divorced Catholics to receive communion; and how to pastorally approach the LGBT community and cohabiting but not married congregants. Is Pope Francis going back on his word to shift away from the “culture war”?
Daniel Alvarez, M.A., M.T.S., Florida International University
Elsie Miranda DMin., Barry University
Sunday, October 5th @ 12:30 PM Sunday, October 19st @ 12:30 PM
The Ethics of Immigration
How do we balance the human rights of undocumented people with the rights of the citizens of that country? Some American citizens may feel that the legalization of immigration could threaten their livelihood and well-being. What do we owe immigrants, morally speaking?
Christine Reis, Human Rights Institute at St. Thomas University
Devorah Sasha, International Solidarity for Human Rights