7: "Religious freedom for thee? Or religious freedom just for me?"
This week, we take a look at the ramifications of Trump's decision to scale back two national monuments in Utah, particularly for Native American tribes and their spiritual lives. We also discuss the resurrection of Martin Luther King's "Poor People's Campaign," now being led by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis, and how this new campaign could ignite the religious left. For our deep dive, we discuss the hotly-contested Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado...
"The President of the United States is promoting a big conspiracy theory."
It's the start of the holiday season, which can only mean one thing: The War on Christmas! This week, we take a deep dive into what is basically a giant conspiracy theory perpetuated by FOX News. We also give updates on Liberty University and the Roy Moore allegations - including the continuing support of some evangelicals. Amy goes on a rant about the Johnson Amendment and we both get unreasonably giddy over the royal engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
"I'm sorry, America."
In this episode, we discuss Notre Dame's birth control reversal and the epic disaster of Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican nominee for the US Senate. We also talk about white conservative evangelical Christians again, because they can't stop being terrible. Nish also talks to pastor, author, and activist Jonathan Martin, about what the hell is going on at Liberty University.
"This is a sickness."
This week, after the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX that saw the deaths of 26 people, we spend the entire hour dissecting the link between white conservative evangelicals and the support of gun rights and gun proliferation. We break down the impact of a fear-driven conservative media, a well-funded gun lobby that influences politicians, the theological connections, and the cost to both society and the soul of the church. Nish finally cussed. It was worth it.
“Go Go Gadget Treason Detector”
We break down the implications of the first indictments in Robert Mueller’s investigation, including the response from some of Trump’s evangelical advisers. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we also dive into the state of the divorce between Protestants and Catholics and how that dynamic is affecting US politics. Other topics include: Halloween culture, an update on Church Clarity, and how Ryan Reynolds is easy on the eyes.
"I'm so happy the bar is THAT low."
This week, we discuss: 1. Donald Trump attacking yet another Gold Star family. 2. Disgraced former megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll getting a big blogging platform. 3. Sean Hannity's visit to Robert Jeffress' church, First Baptist Dallas. 4. A new website that's putting the pressure on churches to come clean about their LGBT stances. 5. Everyone's favorite topic, abortion! We also talk about 80's evangelical movie culture and the fact that Amy has never seen The Goonies. Also, please pardon...
Charismatics and Bond Villains
In the inaugural episode, we tackle the impact of the Harvey Weinstein allegations within evangelical Christianity, Willow Creek's big decision to hire a female as its new Lead Pastor, as well as the annual Values Voter Summit. We also take a peek at Callista Gingrich's nomination to be ambassador to the Vatican, as well as the BuzzFeed piece on Bethel Church's School for Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California. Nish manages not to cuss in the first episode, which is also supernatural.
Why did white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in greater numbers than they have for any other presidential candidate in history? Why do some of us believe healthcare is a human right while others think that if you get sick, it’s your own fault? We're going to answer this stuff with a lot of context, nuance, and high level of attitude. Subscribe!