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Ep. 236 - The Christian Right's Kavanaugh Controversy

9/22/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — White evangelicals say we shouldn’t listen to Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser unless there were 2-3 witnesses because the Bible says so, and that he was respectful after she said no. (0:35) — A man who strangled a woman received no jail time. (26:35) — A Louisiana congressman claims atheists are spying on students in one high school. (29:42) — An art gallery owner found a clever way to get...

Duration:01:17:09

Ep. 235 - The Counterprotest In Tulsa

9/15/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — This is a great way to respond to an anti-abortion protest outside a high school. (0:45) — A 9-year-old girl protesting the National Anthem… in Australia. And she has a good point. (6:20) — Republican candidates’ old videos are catching up to them in their races. (11:36) — What is causing Hurricane Florence? These Christians have all the (wrong) ideas. (24:35) — Here’s the biggest...

Duration:01:10:23

Ep. 234 - Sorry, Sinead

9/8/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — These Christians are threatening to follow the law if they don’t get to pray over the loudspeakers before football games. (2:20) — A new book talks about the harm of the evangelical “purity” movement. (7:53) — Several states are launching their own investigations into the Catholic Church. (17:37) — Researchers calculated how much money victims of Catholic Church abuse lose over their...

Duration:01:49:29

Ep. 233 - The Pope's Trip To Ireland Was A Bust

8/31/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Donald Trump held a dinner party for conservative Christian leaders, screwed up a quotation, and urged pastors to tell their congregations how to vote. (6:22) — The Pope’s visit to Ireland was not nearly as popular as organizers expected. (13:51) — A critic of the Pope says he knew about the abuse and did nothing… but the messenger has problems of his own. (18:02) — Louis CK is...

Duration:01:21:57

Ep. 232 - The Mormon Who Ended An Engagement Over A Fantasy

8/25/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) used Christianity to cover up his campaign finance fraud. (2:55) — The Catholic Church has spent millions of dollars in New York lobbying against bills that would let victims of child sex abuse seek justice. (7:50) — Good news! Claiming to have flown in an alien spaceship is no longer a dealbreaker to get an endorsement from the Miami Herald. (11:50) —...

Duration:00:58:04

Ep. 231 - The Disturbing Details From The PA Catholic Church Scandal

8/17/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — The grand jury’s report on the child sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses… and it’s the most disturbing stuff you’ll ever hear. (0:35 with details at 5:15) — The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue, as usual, is downplaying the seriousness of the allegations against priests. (24:10) — Mormons don’t want to be called Mormons anymore. (37:55) — The Christian baker who famously...

Duration:01:03:25

Ep. 230 - Southern Baptists Can't Handle A Vegetarian's Plea

8/11/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — The rest of Willow Creek church’s leadership resigned over the Bill Hybels scandal. (0:28) — Brock Turner lost his appeal to overturn a sexual assault conviction. (16:14) — A one-minute video promoting animal rights was too controversial for a Southern Baptist group. (20:40) — An anti-abortion pamphlet was found inside a box of diapers. (28:30) — An Atlanta charter school tried to...

Duration:00:58:34

Ep. 229 - Broccoli, The Atheists' New Worst Nightmare

8/5/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Willow Creek megachurch’s founder Bill Hybels has now been accused of sexually harassing his assistant decades ago, and the lead pastor quit as a result. (2:15) — Jeff Sessions‘ “Religious Freedom Task Force” is just a government program to help conservative Christians discriminate against groups they hate. (18:09) — Child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church would stop if only...

Duration:01:19:27

Ep. 228 - Goop Has A Fact-Checker?

7/26/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- 50 years ago, the pope said birth control was immoral. (1:15) -- Did you know Gwyneth Paltrow hired a fact checker for Goop? (9:40) -- This 11-year-old college grad wants to pursue astrophysics so he can prove God's existence. (19:44) -- Computer models could help us understand the future of religion. (30:25) -- A Republican candidate for office thinks the Founding Fathers put "One...

Duration:01:18:39

Ep. 226 - Throw Away The Used Communion Wafer

7/14/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- The new Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the one right-wing group that opposed him (temporarily), and his claim that church/state separation is "based on bad history." (0:30) -- This is why it's a problem believing communion wafers are the literal body of Christ. (20:14) -- Apparently you're not a real man unless you have a first-born son. (25:29) -- Kentucky can't decide if...

Duration:01:10:15

Ep. 225 - The Faith of the Next SCOTUS Pick

7/7/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- Is Ark Encounter lying about attendance again? (0:39) -- A Republican congressional candidate thinks women are best described as "helpers." (15:52) -- What does Scott Pruitt's resignation letter say about God? (26:22) -- The man who destroyed the Ten Commandments monument in Arkansas doesn't regret it. (30:40) -- In Virginia, a new city council was sworn in... and they got rid of...

Duration:01:52:44

BONUS - The Bluemke Sibling Dollop Tribute Journey Through the Satanic Panic

7/3/2018
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In January, Jessica found out her brother Kevin was reading a book about the Satanic Panic and she thought it would be fun to sit down and have him walk her through the ins and outs of that era. They recorded in February. They had technical issues and had to scrap it. They tried again in April. It went very poorly. They scrapped it. But, third time's a charm, and so now we present to you "The Bluemke Sibling Dollop Tribute Journey Through the Satanic Panic." Notes: This podcast is a hat...

Duration:01:22:47

Ep. 224 - Anthony Kennedy's Church-State Legacy

6/30/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- What does Anthony Kennedy's retirement mean for church/state separation? (1:05) -- The Supreme Court banning abortion will backfire on evangelicals. (18:25) -- A Walgreens pharmacist refused to fill a prescription for a woman who miscarried. (32:00) -- Your thoughts and prayers alone won't help the victims in Annapolis, Maryland. (37:50) -- The American Family Association thinks a...

Duration:01:12:43

Ep. 223 - The Evangelical Woman Marriage Checklist

6/23/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- Should Catholic Church confessionals about child abuse be reported to the cops? (2:01) -- Apparently, Australia doesn't exist. (9:45) -- Two Christian women released a marriage checklist. It's disturbing. (13:14) -- In Alberta, religious schools want the ability to "out" members of Gay-Straight Alliances to their parents. (26:00) -- PA State Rep. Brian Sims had a one-finger salute...

Duration:01:46:25

Ep. 222 - The Men Who Regret Their Abortions

6/16/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- The Trump administration is using Bible verses to justify tearing children away from their parents. (1:29) -- Canada's Supreme Court says legal societies can reject the accreditation of an anti-gay Christian law school. (14:52) -- Abortion: Why won't anyone think of the men? (28:14) -- A Christian Right group plans to spend $20 million for the upcoming midterms. How will you respond?...

Duration:01:27:52

Ep. 221 - David Ellis Dickerson, Writer for "The American Bible Challenge"

6/14/2018
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In this bonus episode, Hemant spoke with David Ellis Dickerson. He's a writer mostly known for his many appearances on "This American Life," telling stories about growing up a conservative Christian in Tucson, Arizona. In 2013, he became an Emmy-nominated game show writer for his work on the Christian game show "The American Bible Challenge," which aired on the Game Show Network and can now be seen on Netflix. We spoke about how our paths inadvertently crossed about a decade ago, how an...

Duration:00:50:27

Ep. 220 - The Takeaway From Masterpiece Cakeshop

6/9/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- The Catholic League's Bill Donohue is already using Anthony Bourdain's suicide to celebrate himself. (0:50) -- The Masterpiece Cakeshop decision was the worst of all possible worlds for conservative Christians, even though they won. (12:08) -- Does a Muslim beautician have the legal right to tell a trans woman she won't wax her private parts? (23:44) -- A Texas church's list of...

Duration:01:40:36

Ep. 219 - Dinesh D'Souza Was ParD'oned

6/2/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- Now that abortion will be legal in Ireland, Focus on the Family is lying about what will happen next. (2:54) -- Donald Trump pardoned Dinesh D'Souza because nothing matters anymore. (19:44) -- The Mormon Church is way richer than we thought. (24:15) -- A Republican politician knows why school shootings happen: Kids are buying smut at grocery stores. (33:24) -- Atheists have filed a...

Duration:01:44:53

Ep. 218 - Adam Laats, Author of Fundamentalist U.

5/25/2018
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Adam Laats is Professor of Education and History (by courtesy) at Binghamton University (State University of New York). He has contributed essays to Education Week, Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington Post, Time, and Newsweek. He blogs about education, history, and culture-war angst at I Love You but Youʼre Going to Hell. He is the author, most recently, of Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education. I spoke with him about how fundamentalist Christian colleges...

Duration:00:44:45

Ep. 217 - Why Was Robert Jeffress In Jerusalem?

5/19/2018
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Note from Hemant: I'm out of the country right now, but Jessica and her friend Anne got together to record this episode! They talked about a weird school policy regarding smiling, the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem (and why Robert Jeffress and John Hagee were there), and how I (Hemant) got called out by Ken Ham during his news show. (Timestamps will return when I get back home!)

Duration:01:37:29