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, September 7th @ 12:30 PM Sunday, September 21st @ 11:30 PM
Same-Sex Marriage Coming to Florida?
On August 21st, a federal judge in Tallahassee declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining other state judges in four counties claiming it violates the 14th Amendment. Nineteen states in the U.S. now allow for the marriage of same-sex couples, will Florida become number twenty? What will this mean for Florida, its residents and conservative groups?
Guests: Caroline Mala Corbin, J.D., University of Miami School of Law José Gabilondo, J.D., Florida International University Lauren Gilbert, Esq., St Thomas University School of Law
Howard Simon, Ph.D., ACLU of Florida
Sunday, August 3 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, August 17 @ 12:30 PM
Hobby Lobby Ruling In a closely divided landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that for-profit companies can use religious objections to avoid paying for certain contraceptive coverage required under the Affordable Care Act. We discuss the impact and significance of this ruling.
Guests: Caroline Mala Corbin, J.D., University of Miami School of Law Howard Simon, ACLU of Florida
Israel/Palestine Conflict The current surge in violence between Israel and the Palestinian state comes after almost two years of relative calm. What is the extent to which a two state solution is actually viable for long-term peace in the region?
Guest: Luis Fleischman, Ph.D., Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
Sunday, July 6 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, July 20 @ 12:30 PM
Ethics of U.S. Intervention in Middle East Two concerns have ranked high for both the Bush and Obama administrations -- humanitarian intervention and terrorism. As the United States remains deeply engaged in the security affairs of East Asia and the Middle East, can military intervention against terrorism, and in the cause of humanitarian relief, be ethically justified? Or should the U.S. isolate itself, nullifying its alliances with its international security partners?
Guests: Daniel Alvarez, M.A., M.T.S., Florida International University Thomas A. Breslin, Ph.D., Florida International University Michael Lenaghan, Ed.D., Miami Dade College Robert Rabil, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
Sunday, June 8 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, June 22 @ 12:30 PM
Priestly Celibacy Pope Francis, who has become known for his unconventional ways, was recently quoted as saying that, "celibacy is a discipline, not a dogma of The Church, and therefore the door is always open to change". Could the long-standing celibacy requirement for Catholic priests now become optional?
Guests: Kevin Davis, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Rev. Robert Deshaies, St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church
Sunday, April 6 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, April 20 @ 12:30 PM
Easter & Passover For both Jews and Christians, spring is a time of celebration. Although observed by seemingly different religious practices, Passover and Easter share historical and theological connections. Our panel discusses the origins and significance of these important holy days.
Guests: Rabbi Jaime Aklepi, Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom Whitney Bauman, Ph.D., Florida International University Sara Fairbanks, O.P., Ph.D., Barry University Nathan Katz, Ph.D., Florida International University
Sunday, March 2 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, March 16 @ 12:30 PM
Liberation Theology Last month, the founder of liberation theology, the Reverend Gustavo Gutierrez, received a warm welcome at the Vatican. The once-condemned religious movement from Latin America is experiencing somewhat of a restoration under Pope Francis, the first pope to come out of the region. Our guests discuss this resurgence and the meaning behind it.
Guests: Ana Maria Bidegain, Ph.D., Florida International University Elsie Miranda, D.Min., Barry University
Sunday, February 2 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, February 16 @ 12:30 PM
Bioethics: Life Support Two recent cases made national headlines over a moral and ethical question—when do you withdraw life support after doctors have declared an individual to be “brain-dead”? Our panel joins us to discuss this controversial issue.
Guests: Kathy Cerminara, J.D., LL.M., Nova Southeastern University Marin Gillis, Ph.D., Florida International University Kenneth Goodman, Ph.D., University of Miami Raymond Ward, Ph.D., Barry University
Sunday, November 17 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, December 1 @ 12:30 PM
Jewish Identity in America In a new survey on American Jews by the Pew Research Center, many respondents claim being Jewish is a matter of culture and not religion. We gathered a panel of experts to discuss what it means to be a Jew in the U.S.
Guests: Rabbi Jaime Aklepi, Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom Henry Green, Ph.D.,University of Miami Tudor Parfitt, D.Phil., Florida International University Ira Sheskin, Ph.D, University of Miami
Sunday, October 20 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, November 3 @ 12:30 PM
Ethics of the Affordable Care Act Even though the Affordable Care Act has been ruled legal by the U.S. Supreme Court, it continues to divide political parties, the faithful and generations. We brought together a panel to discuss the ethical dilemmas that may arise with its implementation.
Guests: Raul Mas Canosa, Independent Financial Advisor Kathy Cerminara, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., Nova Southeastern University John McFadden, Ph.D., CRNA, Barry University Mary Carter Waren, D.Min., St. Thomas University