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.
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
Sunday, March 6 @ 12:30 PM Wednesday, March 8 @ 7:30 PM
Computers and Patient Privacy Computers are an integral part of daily life. From the latest smart phones to fitness trackers and the advent of self-parking cars, we have little choice but to adapt to rapid changes in technology. Medical professionals are no less immune from this as they do their work. Computer programs are often used to analyze patient data, which is generally more efficient, by taking away the emotional link with the patient. Technology also boosts our ability to combat pandemics like the flu, Ebola and now Zika, by conducting widespread data collection and rapid analysis. Our panel discusses the implications of this extensive sharing and analysis of patient data and the ethical issues they raise.
Guests: Saima I. Chaudhry, M.D., M.S.H.S., Memorial Healthcare System Marin Gillis, Ph.D., Florida International University Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., FACMI, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Ray E. Moseley, Ph.D., University of Florida College of Medicine
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