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8: Mayor Pete, Democrats, and the Religious Left

4/9/2019
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We are back! (Sort of.) With everyone but your condo board president jumping into the Democratic presidential race, and an astonishing number of them comfortable talking about issues of faith and morality, we couldn't just sit by and watch. This week Amy is joined by Guest Co-Host Extraordinaire Jack Jenkins, a national correspondent for Religion News Service. Jack has interviewed a number of the Democratic candidates about their faith and has some insights into why Democrats may be...

Duration:00:48:51

7: "Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Absentee Ballots"

12/7/2018
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Nish is off this week, so Amy is joined by award-winning journalist Jack Jenkins of Religion News Service for a discussion about the civil religion rituals of American state funerals, allegations of election fraud in a North Carolina congressional race involving a Republican candidate who is also a Southern Baptist pastor, and the potential resurgence of the religious left as a political force. And because it's December, the Impolite Company Holiday Playlist is back! To listen along with us,...

Duration:01:34:23

7: "Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Absentee Ballots"

12/7/2018
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Nish is off this week, so Amy is joined by award-winning journalist Jack Jenkins of Religion News Service for a discussion about the civil religion rituals of American state funerals, allegations of election fraud in a North Carolina congressional race involving a Republican candidate who is also a Southern Baptist pastor, and the potential resurgence of the religious left as a political force. And because it's December, the Impolite Company Holiday Playlist is back! To listen along with us,...

Duration:01:34:23

6: "Two things can be true at the same time."

11/16/2018
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This week, we dive right into the midterm elections. What does it mean to be in a country that makes great strides in one midterm election - placing a record number of women & religious minorities in office, electing the first openly gay man as a governor, and giving the voting rights back to 1.4 million people - yet, still elects individuals who openly propagate white supremacist ideals? We wrestle with the tension, as well as the data that shows us nothing is really changing, particularly...

Duration:00:51:44

5: "Call it what it is--it's the erasure of Jews."

11/1/2018
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In this episode, we talk about the massacre of eleven Jews during Shabbat services at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We discuss the right-wing rhetoric--starting with the president--that currently encourages intolerance, racism, anti-Semitism. We talk about how to discuss anti-Semitism with children without also scaring them unnecessarily. And we talk about why the argument that "this was about anti-religiosity" isn't just foolish but also immoral in that it seeks to erase Jews...

Duration:00:55:55

4: "We've rallied when a policy did not strike us as fundamentally fair"

10/24/2018
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This week, Nish talks with Rachel Esplin Odell and Jennifer Walker Thomas, two leaders of the organization Mormon Women for Ethical Government (MWEG). The group recently made news when it called upon the four Mormon Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to take seriously allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. Rachel and Jennifer talk about how MWEG developed organically after 2016--and particularly out of concern over the Muslim ban and other executive actions that impact...

Duration:01:06:34

3: "I am done modulating my emotions to protect you from my rage"

10/11/2018
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In this episode, we are done. Done done done. The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process is over but we are just getting started. We talk about why calls for civility in the wake of injustice are often calls to silence underrepresented voices. We discuss the fact that so many white women were galvanized to support the Kavanaugh nomination, and why that points to the need for more women leaders in religious spaces. And we feed our rage with some family-size bags of Peanut M&Ms. **_If you want...

Duration:00:54:06

2: "These freakin' guys"

9/27/2018
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This week, Nish and Amy talk about the wrong way to do faith outreach, as well as an attempt by a group of LDS women to appeal to the four Mormon senators who sit on the Judiciary Committee. We also introduce a new segment called "Race to the Bottom," in which we nominate some nonsense we've heard from conservative white evangelicals and ask listeners to vote on the very worst. And Amy talks with writer Danielle Mayfield about the spiritual and moral themes of "The Good Place," which returns...

Duration:00:56:51

1: "It's a really horrible time to be a Catholic"

9/21/2018
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And we are back! Welcome to the Season Two premiere of Impolite Company, in which we discuss new revelations of abuse and coverup in the Catholic Church, the increasingly contested nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, and Democratic faith-outreach efforts. We'll be returning to that last topic throughout the fall as we talk with Democratic candidates and former Obama aides about why there's been such traditional resistance in the party to faith outreach and how some newer candidates are trying it...

Duration:01:15:38

31: The It's-Almost-Time-for-Season-Two! Update

9/13/2018
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We're just days away from launching the second season of Impolite Company, listeners! In the meantime, we wanted to share this conversation Amy had with Calvin College historian and gender studies professor Kristin Du Mez. Du Mez is writing a book about white evangelicals, toxic masculinity, and militarism. She and Amy talked about the way in which those factors actually make Donald Trump not just an acceptable figure for many white evangelicals but perhaps an ideal figure. Enjoy the...

Duration:00:21:26

30: The Mid-Summer Break Update

8/3/2018
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In this mini episode, Amy checks in to tell listeners that Impolite Company will be back for Season Two after Labor Day, and bemoans the many religion & politics stories that have gone uncommented on over the summer. Mentioned this week: • [Nish's idyllic summer with her REI-catalogue family](https://www.instagram.com/nishweiseth/?hl=en) • [The Pope's Groundbreaking Rejection of the Death Penalty](https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/pope-francis-death-penalty/566648/)...

Duration:00:07:54

29: "They're using religion as a sword to harm other people"

6/29/2018
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_Note: This episode was recorded before Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, and before an armed man slaughtered five journalists at the Annapolis Capitol Gazette._ We're one week away from taking a break for much of the summer--but we're starting up an Impolite Company newsletter to fill the void, and we'll drop in occasionally with a few mini episodes. In the meantime, this week's show features Amy in conversation with two women who are leading figures in the...

Duration:00:51:19

28: "This is one of those moments"

6/16/2018
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Buckle up, listeners. We recorded this week's episode just an hour or so after Jeff Sessions cited Romans 13 to justify the Trump Administration's policy of ripping families apart at the border, so we were in full NOT TODAY SATAN mode. You have been warned, and you're welcome. We also discuss the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, at which the denomination tiptoe into discussions of church abuse and gender, but then leapt about 72 steps backward by hosting Mike Pence for a...

Duration:00:51:34

27: "Next question!"

5/31/2018
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This week we're taking a break from our regular discussions of everything awful and devoting an entire episode to fielding listener questions! From how Nish and Amy met to favorite tv shows to parenting tips, we've got answers. **_Please visit our [Patreon Page](https://www.patreon.com/impolitecompanypodcast/overview) and consider becoming a monthly patron of the show, for as little as $1 per month._**

Duration:01:03:48

26: "Try Googling 'John Hagee and End Times'"

5/20/2018
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This week, we talk about Vice President Mike Pence's commencement address at Hillsdale College, in which he declared that religiosity is on the rise in America (it's not). We also discuss the decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem AND to invite John "the Apocalypse is coming and it will be in Israel" Hagee to represent the United States by offering a benediction at the opening ceremony for the new embassy. And Amy phones Emma Green, the Jerusalem-based religion writer...

Duration:01:00:11

25: "We are swimming in a sea of red flags"

5/10/2018
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This week, Nish and Amy talk about Trump's belated announcement of a White House faith office, as well as the backlash among Southern Baptist women to comments from Paige Patterson regarding marriage and domestic abuse. We also interview journalist Ruth Graham about her recent [Politico Magazine story](https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/04/22/trump-christian-evangelical-conservatives-television-tbn-cbn-218008), which laid out in fascinating detail the extent to which Christian...

Duration:01:07:36

24: "Well, that escalated quickly"

5/4/2018
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We begin this week by discussing the Case of Paul Ryan and the Disappearing Chaplain. But in the time between recording this episode and releasing it, the chaplain in question rescinded his resignation and Paul Ryan gave in, restoring the chaplain to his position. You come at a Jesuit, ya best not miss, Mr. Speaker. We also talked about the record number of Hindu candidates running for office as Democrats this year. And Amy spoke with Elijah Zehyoue, associate pastor of Calvary Baptist...

Duration:01:04:07

23: "Welcome to our world, Tim Keller"

4/23/2018
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In this episode, we discuss the unfamiliar sight of a world leader admitting a mistake, apologizing, and asking forgiveness--as Pope Francis has after initially backing a Chilean bishop accused of protecting sexually-abusive priests. We also talk about the debate over Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State, which is strongly opposed not only by Democratic senators but also leading Muslim and Jewish groups. Pompeo's supporters claim that any criticism of his anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ...

Duration:00:53:13

22: "There's a lot of collateral damage."

4/14/2018
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Nish and Amy are back together again! This week we talk about the abrupt resignation/retirement of Willow Creek's founding pastor Bill Hybels after one of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and harassment wrote publicly about her story. When it comes to championing women in ministry, Hybels has been one of the good guys in evangelicalism. But good guys are not immune to abusing their power. We also take up an alarming BuzzFeed News analysis of Muslim-bashing by American...

Duration:01:01:06

21: Mormons & The Mailbag

4/7/2018
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This week, Nish is back! But it's Amy's turn to take the week off. It was a big week for the LDS Church - sustaining a new prophet, appointments of new apostles, and some big structural shifts in how they do ministry. To break down the changes, as well as how the Mormon church handles racism and the #MeToo movement, Nish interviews Janan Graham-Russell, a writer, religion scholar, PhD candidate at Harvard, and practicing Mormon to break down the latest. For the second half of the show, Nish...

Duration:00:43:55