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Ep. 240 - The Astrologer Certification Test

10/19/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — A Catholic pharmacist wouldn’t give a woman the medicine she needed to abort a miscarriage. (2:35) — Christian videographers want the right to discriminate against gay customers and it may go to the Supreme Court. (10:48) — Republicans are rushing to confirm an enemy of church/state separation before Democrats can weigh in. (21:12) — Stephen Hawking is adamant about his atheism in his...

Duration:01:16:40

Ep. 239 - The IRS Revoked An Atheist Charity's Tax Exemption

10/13/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Atheist charity Nonbelief Relief just had its tax exemption revoked by the IRS… arguably on purpose. The group says this amounts to religious discrimination by the government. (0:45) — Here are the major church/state separation cases in front of the Supreme Court that Brett Kavanaugh could soon be ruling on. (11:55) — Secular Democrats are among the most enthusiastic about the...

Duration:01:03:09

Ep. 238 - Tucker Carlson Thinks We're In An Atheist Theocracy

10/5/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Tucker Carlson says the Brett Kavanaugh backlash is due to an atheist “theocracy.” (4:40) — Does Purity Culture explain why evangelical women still support Brett Kavanaugh? (11:06) — Former Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson is teaching a class on ethics for some reason. (14:58) — Even Catholics are getting sick of Pope Francis. (19:52) — In a letter, Albert Einstein called God a...

Duration:00:55:40

Ep. 237 - Brett Kavanaugh Loves God and Beer

9/29/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Even if Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, half of evangelicals wouldn’t care. (1:30) — A Jesuit publication rescinded its endorsement of Kavanaugh. (11:25) — The question to Kavanaugh from Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) about God was inappropriate. (15:49) — A Kentucky city council member is holding a school district hostage unless they take back their support of...

Duration:00:52:24

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. 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

Ep. 216 - Franklin Graham's Stunning Hypocrisy

5/11/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- Franklin Graham says Donald Trump’s affair with Stormy Daniels is “nobody’s business.” That's not what he said when Bill Clinton was in office. (3:14) -- The Natural History Museum in Jerusalem is covering up an evolution exhibit so they don't offend ultra-Orthodox Jews. (12:47) -- The 13-year-old "miracle boy" from Alabama, who survived brain trauma, isn't a miracle at all. (14:52)...

Duration:01:12:51

Ep. 215 - Paige Patterson's Awful Advice

5/5/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- Paige Patterson, a leader of the Southern Baptists, has horrible advice for abused wives. (0:42) -- The problem with Incels. (17:52) -- A Michigan Catholic school told girls they'd have to wear "Modesty Ponchos" at Prom if they were dressed too sluttily, but they caved after backlash. (31:09) -- We learned about a new fossil that marks a transition between dinosaurs and modern birds....

Duration:01:37:46

Ep. 214 - Sex Ed Ignorance Isn't Bliss

4/28/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- The Ten Commandments monument outside the Arkansas Capitol... again. (3:12) -- The Congressional Freethought Caucus has finally formed! (13:13) -- Why did the House chaplain resign? Maybe he deserved to. (24:15) -- There's an open atheist in the NFL once again: The Arizona Cardinals' Josh Rosen. (37:42) -- There's no good reason to prevent your kids from learning about sex education....

Duration:01:39:28

Ep. 213 - The Even Sadder Creation Museum

4/21/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- Kent Hovind is advertising his new Creationist theme park using a meme mocking Creationists. (1:41) -- White evangelical Christian support for Donald Trump is at an all-time high. (7:37) -- The frighteningly conservative White House Bible studies being run by Capitol Ministries’ Ralph Drollinger. (13:40) -- A Stanford study doesn't really show that the most religious kids do best in...

Duration:01:31:59

Ep. 212 - The Tide Goes Out

4/14/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- Why was David Silverman fired from American Atheists? Because of this. (1:05) -- Attendance at Catholic churches is going down. (33:16) -- Evangelical Christians can't save their "brand" from Donald Trump since it was a problem to begin with. (35:22) -- Liberty University doesn't want student reporters to report on a progressive Christian event. (43:37) -- Oklahoma just named its...

Duration:01:26:14

Ep. 211 - Do Atheists Have An Alt - Right Problem?

4/7/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- Whether atheists are indeed "veering dangerously" toward the alt-right. (0:15) -- Why Creationist Ken Ham has a lot of job openings, but no takers. (30:20) -- Some incredibly manipulative faith-based backstabbing in Victoria, Australia. (34:57) -- Why Christians must disavow Donald Trump, according to a Christian. (40:15) -- Little Free Libraries are becoming havens for religious...

Duration:01:34:07

Ep. 210 - Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Is Worth A Quarter - Billion Dollars

3/31/2018
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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. -- Gwyneth Paltrow's pseudoscience repository Goop is now worth a quarter-billion dollars because America is an embarrassment. (0:50) -- One of the most liberal federal judges in the nation has died. He was so liberal, he agreed "Under God" in the Pledge was unconstitutional. (7:17) -- Evangelical Christians still, by and large, support Donald Trump. (15:10) -- A Houston pastor who...

Duration:01:11:30