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Beyond Tolerance: Countering Racism and Bigotry in America

Beyond Tolerance: Countering Racism and Bigotry in America

Three middleaged women in hijab sitting in mosque pews during a service

In the wake of the 2016 election, a CBS Religion and Culture documentary called Beyond Tolerance addresses bigotry, racism, and how faith communities are working to combat them across the United States. This program first aired on Sunday, June 25, and continues to play on CBS affiliates (check local listings here), but it's now available for viewing online, as well.

In this incredible, compelling special, faith leaders discuss "this unprecedented moment in history and how this period of divisiveness is an opportunity to bring systemic change for the good of society." The special features faith leaders from Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist faith traditions:

Also featured are: Rachel Brown, executive director of Over Zero and author of Defusing Hate: A Strategic Communication Guide to Counteract Dangerous Speech and former skinhead Anthony McAleer, who is now the executive director of Life After Hate, a nonprofit created by former members of the American violent far-right extremist movement, as well as evangelical Senior Pastor Carl Ruby, Imam Yunus Lasania, Dr. Akber Mohammed, and Samina Ahmed.

Watch the special and let us know what you think.

Kate Bigam is the social media and community manager for the Union for Reform Judaism, serving as a content manager and editor for She is a proud alumna of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Eisendrath Legislative Assistant fellowship and also served as the RAC's press secretary. A native Ohioan, Kate grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, and holds a degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University. She and her fiancé live in Cleveland.

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