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, July 3 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, July 17 @ 12:30 PM
Religion’s Influence on Politics The American political system was founded on the belief that there is a need for the separation of church and state, but that hasn’t kept religion out of politics. On the contrary, religion still plays a huge role. According to the Pew Research Center, the majority of voters want their president to have strong religious beliefs, and those same voters also say a candidate's lack of faith, would influence their vote. In this all important presidential election, just what is the role of faith in a voter's decision?
Guests: Bishop Victor T. Curry, D. Min., D. Div., New Birth Baptist Church Rabbi Frederick L. Klein, Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed, Darul Uloom Institute Pastor Frank Toral, Potential Church
Sunday, June 5 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, June 19 @ 12:30 PM
Military Chaplains People of all faiths serve in the United States Armed Forces. For some, this leads to misconceptions that they put their faith and loyalty above service to this country. Our guest discredits this stereotype and highlights the vital role military chaplains play, servicing the unique needs of many U.S. Military.
Guest: Rabbi Sanford Dresin, U.S. Army (Ret.), The Aleph Institute
Ramadan – A Time for Charity June 5th at sunset marks the beginning of Ramadan, Islam's holiest month, where the faithful focus on prayer, daily fasting and charity. This daily fast cleanses the mind and body, but it is also meant to give Muslims a constant reminder of the less fortunate and their suffering around the world. Our guests explain the significance of Ramadan and the charitable giving happening right here at home – no matter your faith.
Guests: Kauser Haroon, Islamic Foundation of South Florida Abdulrauf Khan, ICNA Relief USA Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed, Darul Uloom Institute
Friday, May 27 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, May 29 @ 12:00 PM Hosted by Henry Mack Broward Transportation Tax Causes Confusion Broward residents are being asked to open their pocketbooks again in November as two competing referendums hit the ballot while one is earmarked for transportation and the other is tagged for infrastructure. Both claim similar goals like easing South Florida’s crazy traffic gridlock. So will voters be confused or just fed up? Guests: Marty Kiar, Mayor, Broward County Daniel Stermer, Mayor, City of Weston Inner-City Neighborhoods Get Tech Savvy “Earning while learning” is not something you hear often and it’s certainly not something you hear in inner-city Miami, but this summer EcoTech Visions launches its first of eight digital bootcamps aimed at anyone over 18 in Liberty City, Little Haiti, North Miami and other impoverished areas. The program’s focus is to give them the computer skills needed for a tech career but will residents take advantage of this opportunity? Guest: Justin Knight, EcoTech Visions Foundation
Headlines Causing a Commotion A news outlet caused quite a stir with its report that Miami-Dade County is giving up on banning texting and driving and instead plans to launch millennial focused texting lanes complete with side bumpers. The news outlet was Miami's own satirical website "The Plantain" and at least one local radio station fell for the bit. In a time when people lead busy lives, do we need this type of journalism to help people lighten up?
Guests: Mai Sari, The Plantain Dainel Vera, The Plantain
Sunday, May 1 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, May 15 @ 12:30 PM
Pope Francis: Marriage, Family, Bernie & Refugees Pope Francis has made quite a few headlines lately - last month he gave hope to divorced and remarried Catholics in his long awaited declaration on the social issues affecting family life. Stopping short of changing church doctrine, the pope divided clergy by encouraging them not to judge the divorced or remarried, but be more considerate when it comes to them receiving Holy Communion, which is not allowed. But the pope left the LGBTQ community disappointed by rejecting the idea of same-sex marriage. He has also injected himself into U.S. politics, by meeting briefly with Democratic candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders called it an extraordinary moment and praised the pope for shedding a light on income inequality and the morality of economic life, which is a cornerstone of the sanders' campaign. The panel discusses these issues and the Vatican’s sponsoring of Syrian refugees.
Guests: Daniel Alvarez, M.A., M.T.S., Florida International University Robert Chalwell, Jr., Ph.D., OrdM, Broward College Elsie Miranda, D.Min., Barry University Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Sunday, April 3 @ 12:30 PM Sunday, April 17 @ 12:30 PM
Religions’ Impact on Politics Laws looking to protect one's religious liberty continue to cause tensions between conservatives and progressives. Most recently, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed an ‘anti-LGBT’ bill largely as a result of high-profile companies and organizations, such as Disney and the NFL, threatening boycotts of the state. To what extent should religious institutions and organizations, or religious beliefs in general, influence public policy?
Guests: Rabbi Jaime Klein Aklepi, Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom Robert Chalwell, Jr. Ph.D. OrdM, Broward College Antonio J. Lopez, Recusant Media Shaikh Shafayat Mohamed , Darul Uloom Institute