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, February 7 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, February 21 @ 12:30 PM
Religious Liberty In March, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the latest in a series of religious liberty cases fought in court rooms across the country. Whether it's a business that refuses to provide services for same-sex weddings or religious leaders challenging certain provisions of the affordable care act, both are looking to overcome perceived threats to their religious freedoms. But by doing so, are they infringing on the rights of women and the LGBT community?
Guest: Caroline Mala Corbin, J.D., University of Miami School of Law
Criminal Justice Reform In recent remarks by then presidential hopeful Rand Paul, the senator pointed out an inequity that exists in our country's sentencing laws. African Americans and other minorities are incarcerated at grossly different rates than whites - though in some cases, they commit the same crimes at the same rates. We discuss legislation currently before Congress that looks to help bring reform to the criminal justice system.
Guests: Mark Dobson, J.D., Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law Tamara Lawson, J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law
Sunday, January 10 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, January 24 @ 12:30 PM
The Value of Interfaith Dialogue In recent months, the religion of Islam has been negatively scrutinized thanks to terrorist groups such as ISIS. But have the fears of terrorism morphed into a war on American Muslims and Muslims in general? What is the value of interfaith dialogue and how does the conversation start?
Guests: Rabbi Jaime Klein Aklepi, Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom Daniel Alvarez, M.A., M.T.S., Florida International University Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed , Darul Uloom Institute Karen Shah, Broward Interfaith Council
Sunday, December 6 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, December 20 @ 12:30 PM
Campus Protests A movement that began at the University of Missouri at Columbia, leading to the resignation of the school's president and chairman, escalated tensions across campuses nationwide. The debate is about race, racial diversity and alleged systematic oppression of minorities within the American higher education system. To what extent are these protests part of the larger initiatives such as Black Liberation Collective or the Black Lives Matter movement?
Guests: Robert Chalwell, Jr. Ph.D. OrdM, Broward College Howard Simon, Ph.D., ACLU of Florida Maria Elena Villar, Ph.D., Florida International University Pedro Villarreal III, Ph.D., University of Miami
Sunday, November 1st @ 12:30 PM Sunday, November 15th @ 12:30 PM
Syrian Crisis The world is witnessing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the modern age. Approximately 10,000 Syrian refugees enter Europe every day from the Middle East. Moreover, nearly 250,000 have been killed, and some four million Syrian’s have fled their country. What does the world owe these refugees? What does America owe them?
Guests: Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed, Darul Uloom Institute Robert Rabil, Ph.D, Florida Atlantic University Ira M. Sheskin, Ph.D, University of Miami
Sunday, October 4th @ 12:30 PM Sunday, October 18th @ 12:30 PM
Pope Visits the U.S. & Cuba Pope Francis recently wrapped up his first visit to Cuba and The United States – touring Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia. To some, the Pontiff’s visit was unquestionably successful. To others, the Pope received mixed reviews. He condemns free market principles of economics and private property rights. His style is at times inconsistent with Catholic Dogma and Doctrine. Given that his influence extends far beyond practicing Catholics, what are the long-term takeaways? We will analyze some of his state-side addresses as well as his intentions for Cuba.
Guests: Daniel Alvarez, M.A., M.T.S. Florida International University Jose Azel, Ph.D., University of Miami Monsignor Terence Hogan, S.L.D., St. Thomas University Elise Miranda, D.Min. Barry University