Episode #10 Secular Sunday School-This week at bible club: Donkey genitals and horse emissions
Secular Ethos Episode 10 _ Secular Sunday School edition Localmemphis.com headline: ’Parents Angry Altruria Elementary Bible Club Was Shut Down After Complaint By Atheist Group’ This story is about the Altruria Elementary school in Bartlet Tennessee having a bible club in the mornings. I do not know a whole lot of the details in this story except what is in the article. The school had received a letter from The Freedom From Religion Foundations in regards to a complaint about this bible...
Episode #9 Acupuncture babies, and Trump’s bad at cover ups.
Episode # 9 show notes: This weeks episode is shorter than some of the rest. I had a full episode available for this week, but I decided to delay it for another week. I did this because the subject matter is very heavy. I had planned on addressing the recent suicides in Tennessee, coupled with the disturbing trend of teen suicides over the past several years. I am delaying the episode on this to give you all an opportunity to share with me any stories, or related subject matter that you...
Episode #8- Secular Sunday School edition: terms and definitions
Secular Sunday School first episode: As this is the first episode of Secular Sunday School, I find it important to establish a vocabulary. The reason I want to do this is to go over some of these tricky terms that people often use in various ways. Such as the term atheist, this term ( or label ) is often applied in many different ways. So what I am going to do is to go over the dictionary definitions, the philosophical definitions and the common usages. From those, I will also establish...
Episode #7 Secular Morality
Tennessean headline: “How secularism will fail us” This is a local story where this pastor from Inglewood Baptist church. Where he argues that secularism is going to fail because he equates it to moral relativism and that any moral claims made are a result of stealing from the “judeo-christian” worldview. This article brings in few common arguments against secularism in the United States. First, it makes the assumption that moral relativism is a negative consequence of not being Christian....
Episode #6 Listener Feedback and Climate Change denial
Feedback from episode #1: I have gotten some feedback from my first episode, where people have noted that I made an assertion about Trump supporters that I did not cite sources for. The assertion that I made was that there is a disconnect from what liberals see as corruption and what the right wingers call corruption. The liberals often see the billionaires buying politicians as corruption and the right wingers see unions supporting politicians as corruption. The feedback I am getting is...
Episode #5 Syria, Gorsuch, and introduction of new show segments
Correction I say 5013c charity it is 501 c3. Episode 5: Syria, Gorsuch Syrian missile strikes: Was it a good move by Trump? Did his remarks about god give ISIS another recruitment boost? The inaction on Syria may have been a bad move by Obama, but did the immediate escalation to missile strikes by Trump accomplish anything better. The real answers here is that there may not be a correct coarse of action. Syria is it’s own nation with their own leadership, albeit contentious leadership. If...
Episode #4: Creationism in schools
Show notes for episode 4: The rise and fall of secularism. Is secularism bound to failure. With the religious birth rates and accelerated indoctrination, the numbers are favoring the religious. However this is not a death blow to secularism. It does however renew the need for finding allies on the other side. There are the religious that support secularism, or at least the uncoupling of church and state. There are christian groups that have formed to fight for secular government. Atheism...
Episode 3: beliefs and indoctrination.
In this episode we discuss beliefs, how one comes to a belief, and what a belief is. We also discuss indoctrination, and how it is different from the way most people come to beliefs. We go into Trumps Muslim ban and why atheists should be concerned. At the end of the show we talk about the working poor, and how that is an often overlooked section of atheists.
Episode #2 Local elections
Local Elections: We start off with a snippet of my personal story. Then we move into to some laws and local candidate news. We then emphasize that we need to pay more attention to the local elections and find the secular values candidates. The importance of these local elections can not be overestimated. It is the same strategy that allowed the Republicans to take over all of the house, senate, and presidency. The local elections help to slowly ramp up support for your parties platform,...
First Podcast Episode: Community building
Building communities: East Tennessee finds itself lacking in strong atheist, agnostic, and secular humanist communities. We need to work together and build our own community and create strong social safety nets.