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Ep. 432 - Church/State Separation Is Unconstitutional Now
2d ago
Ep. 432 - Church/State Separation Is Unconstitutional Now
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — Evangelist Franklin Graham told a woman to stay with her abusive husband after downplaying her suffering. (1:00)  — The Supreme Court's decision in Carson v. Makin was a devastating blow to church/state separation. (16:49) — Georgia's Herschel Walker, running for U.S. Senate, once said that Multiple Personality Disorder isn’t a problem because Jesus had it too. Christians don't seem to care. (36:13)  — Sex abuse allegations against a popular Christian singer, Chris Rice, were found "credible." (40:41) — A New IFB church member was arrested for threatening violence at a Pride parade. (51:25) — Three men in Maine have sued the Catholic Church after state officials eliminated the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases. (1:00:11)
Ep. 432 - Church/State Separation Is Unconstitutional Now
2d ago
Ep. 432 - Church/State Separation Is Unconstitutional Now
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — Evangelist Franklin Graham told a woman to stay with her abusive husband after downplaying her suffering. (1:00)  — The Supreme Court's decision in Carson v. Makin was a devastating blow to church/state separation. (16:49) — Georgia's Herschel Walker, running for U.S. Senate, once said that Multiple Personality Disorder isn’t a problem because Jesus had it too. Christians don't seem to care. (36:13)  — Sex abuse allegations against a popular Christian singer, Chris Rice, were found "credible." (40:41) — A New IFB church member was arrested for threatening violence at a Pride parade. (51:25) — Three men in Maine have sued the Catholic Church after state officials eliminated the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases. (1:00:11)
Ep. 431 - The Narrow-mindedness of Organized Secularism
Jun 18 2022
Ep. 431 - The Narrow-mindedness of Organized Secularism
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — 81% of Americans believe in God, an all-time low. (2:05) — Students at Seattle Pacific University protested their school’s anti-LGBTQ hiring policy by handing rainbow flags to the university president as he gave them their diplomas. (7:22) — The Canadian Armed Forces just got its first Humanist chaplain. (12:45) — A man wearing a “GOD” shirt tried to burn down The Satanic Temple’s headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts. (17:55) — A man who left flowers on his dead fiancée's gravesite, only to be turned in to law enforcement by her preacher father, was found guilty of littering. (22:20) — Christian cops are now saying COVID swab tests violate their faith. (27:37)  — Is the atheist movement too narrow-minded when it comes to pushing back against misinformation? (40:20) — A Catholic school near Boston lost its "Catholic" designation for keeping up Pride and Black Lives Matter flags. (57:57) — A Jewish synagogue is suing Florida over its impending 15-week abortion ban because they say it would violate their religious beliefs. (1:09:27)
Ep. 430 - The Worst Pride Month Sermon Ever
Jun 9 2022
Ep. 430 - The Worst Pride Month Sermon Ever
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — A Christian hate-preacher delivered an anti-gay sermon that's even worse than you imagine. (2:20) — A conservative school board candidate checked out all the LGBTQ books in a local library's Pride display so kids couldn't get to them first. (16:28) — A popular Ontario preacher was arrested on charges of sex abuse. (24:03) — What should we make of Amy Coney Barrett's bizarre religious cult? (36:35) — An army chaplain earned his Ph.D. saying the military is an ideal place to win over Christian converts. (52:15) — Poland (!) just made God optional in their boy scout oath. (1:05:26)
Ep. 429 - Richard Dawkins and the Atheist "Schism"
Jun 2 2022
Ep. 429 - Richard Dawkins and the Atheist "Schism"
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — An Oklahoma candidate for U.S. Senate claims his church was "shut down." (1:13) — Atheists don't have to defend Richard Dawkins if he says ignorant things. (12:50) — The Johnny Depp/Amber Heard non-story involving atheism. (55:13) — Students are protesting a Christian school's homophobic hiring policies. (58:30) — A superintendent in Georgia used a graduation ceremony to win converts for Christianity. (1:10:43) — Another graduation speaker in Ohio told kids to avoid gay marriage. (1:14:25)
Ep. 428 - It Wasn't "Adultery." It Was Abuse
May 26 2022
Ep. 428 - It Wasn't "Adultery." It Was Abuse
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — The shooting in Uvalde, Texas. (1:03) — Christian predator Josh Duggar is going to jail. (3:24)  — After a pastor confessed to "adultery," the victim got on stage and said it was sexual assault that began when she was 16. (12:25) — The Southern Baptist Convention's sexual abuse report ignored the most obvious solution. (24:50) — A woman is urging Florida voters not to send her anti-trans, anti-abortion mother to Congress. (44:12) — Christian hate-preacher Greg Locke says he's asked the IRS to rescind his tax exemption... but don't take his word for it. (51:54) — Michigan GOP candidate Jacky Eubanks said she'd vote to ban birth control because the Catholic Church says so. (59:20) — A Catholic archbishop says Nancy Pelosi can't receive communion. It's a hypocritical, partisan move. (1:03:28) — An Idaho atheist just won a GOP primary for State Senate. He may soon become the only elected atheist in the Republican Party. (1:10:31)
Ep. 427 - A Christian Letter to a Gay "Friend"
May 19 2022
Ep. 427 - A Christian Letter to a Gay "Friend"
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — A Christian school told students to write a letter urging a (fictional) friend to stop being gay. (1:45) — A Kansas town reversed course and will allow "In God We Trust" stickers on police vehicles... but there's a twist. (4:30) — A West Virginia school district finally settled a lawsuit involving Christian indoctrination in the classroom. (16:15) — A school board member in Colorado justified her bigotry with Jesus. One mother wasn't having it. (25:38) — Christian hate-preacher Greg Locke was reported to the IRS for telling his congregation they can't vote for Democrats. (33:33) — The Louisiana Supreme Court dropped charges against a preacher who held massive, maskless, in-person church services at the beginning of the pandemic. (47:35) — A shared delusion led to the exorcism and death of a three-year-old girl. (53:40)
Ep. 426 - Churches are turning into MAGA cults
May 13 2022
Ep. 426 - Churches are turning into MAGA cults
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — A Kansas town voted to remove "In God We Trust" from police vehicles. (2:03) — Canada's Parliament rejected a motion to end invocation prayers in the House of Commons. (6:41) — Evangelical pastors shouldn't be surprised that their churches are turning into MAGA cults. (15:51)  — Predator megachurch leader Jack Schaap was released from prison earlier than expected. (37:05)  — Idaho's Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin says "Christ will reign" if she becomes governor. (53:17)
Ep. 425 - Overturning Roe Might Backfire on Christians
May 4 2022
Ep. 425 - Overturning Roe Might Backfire on Christians
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — The Supreme Court's supposed Roe decision could backfire on conservative Christians. (1:15) — A Christian college punished a sexual assault victim for having premarital sex. (39:05) — The Supreme Court also said Boston couldn't say no to putting up a Christian flag outside City Hall. (55:35) — In a cruel ritual, an 8-year-old Jain girl had her hair plucked out by hand. (1:12:18)
Ep. 424 - This Christian Show's Ad Campaign Backfired
Apr 28 2022
Ep. 424 - This Christian Show's Ad Campaign Backfired
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — A Christian show's viral "persecution" marketing campaign backfired. (2:15) — The Supreme Court is about to fumble a simple church/state separation case. (15:05) — An atheist in Florida says if controversial books are banned, then the Bible needs to go too. (35:15)  — An Alabama couple can't adopt a kid because they're non-religious. (40:46) — Christians sang worship music on an airplane. (49:06) — A Christian "health insurance" ministry left families high and dry because it was all a grift. (58:09) — Canadians say evangelicals hurt society more than any other religious group. (1:09:18)
Ep. 423 - Interview with Dr. Katie Gaddini, author of "The Struggle to Stay: Why Single Evangelical Women Are Leaving the Church"
Apr 21 2022
Ep. 423 - Interview with Dr. Katie Gaddini, author of "The Struggle to Stay: Why Single Evangelical Women Are Leaving the Church"
In this solo episode (Jessica will be back next week), I spoke with Dr. Katie Gaddini, a sociologist at the Social Research Institute, University College London and a research associate at the University of Johannesburg, Department of Sociology. She recently released her debut book, The Struggle to Stay: Why Single Evangelical Women Are Leaving the Church, which is based on over four years of in-depth ethnographic research with single evangelical women in the US and the UK.  We talked about purity culture, the mixed messages sent to Christian women, and whether their churches do more harm than good. 1:00 How did you get interested in this topic?  2:10 Are Christian women leaving church or the religion? 3:35 When they leave their churches, what are they missing out on? 4:55 What role does modern-day feminism play in women leaving church? 7:40 Do Christian women have opportunities to date, or is it always about courtship and marriage?  10:00 How do Christian women deal with sex loopholes?  15:30 What happens to women in the church as they get older but are still single? 17:40 Does the pressure to find a perfect Christian guy make things worse?  19:45 What's been the effect of #MeToo on these Christian women? 21:20 What do you make of the messages sent to Christian girls by modern Christian "influencers"? 24:18 Do churches ever offer sex ed for adults?  26:40 What's the message being delivered to older, single Christian men? 27:50: What happens when Christian women realize they've been lied to about the sexual binary between abstinence and anything-goes? 29:50: Are church leaders adapting to any of this? 32:10 Are evangelical churches a force for good in these women's lives? 33:50 Who are positive role models for Christian women wanting responsible advice about sex?  35:10 What surprised you in your research?  36:40 What has been your family's reaction to your book?  37:20: What is your current research focused on?
Ep. 422 - A Georgia Republican's Top 3 Priorities
Apr 14 2022
Ep. 422 - A Georgia Republican's Top 3 Priorities
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — Hemant will be giving a talk in Orlando on Sunday, April 24. Details here! — Kandiss Taylor, a wannabe governor of Georgia, has no respect for church/state separation. (3:19) — An Arkansas official brazenly bragged about pushing Christianity at government meetings. (14:30) — A "quieter approach" to atheism isn't necessarily a bad thing. (24:10) — A Tennessee senator used Hitler as an example of someone overcoming homelessness. (38:40) — A Tennessee cop baptized a woman against her will. A judge says the lawsuit can continue. (44:19) (UPDATE: The woman in question was found dead Wednesday night. The cause of death is unknown. We did not know about that when we were discussing this story on Thursday.) — David Barton is spreading a new lie about churches and the Constitution. (53:41) — There's a new member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus and it's a non-story. (1:00:17)
Ep. 421 - Was the Pledge of Allegiance plagiarized?
Apr 7 2022
Ep. 421 - Was the Pledge of Allegiance plagiarized?
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — Nebraska Sen. Megan Hunt helped defeat an anti-abortion bill with an incredible speech. (4:45) — A school prayer case from 1999 was cited to derail an honor for a historic Black judge. (14:15) — Mubarak Bala was sentenced to 24 years in jail for blasphemy. (27:48) — The Pledge of Allegiance may have been plagiarized from a child. (35:15) — No deciding your sexual orientation until you're 21, says conspiracist Rep. Lauren Boebert. (49:59) — Most Americans know religious objections to the COVID vaccines are bogus. (53:44) — Christians can't hijack a football stadium's PA system to promote Jesus, said a judge. (57:07)
Ep. 420 - Interview with Thomas Smith, host of "Serious Inquiries Only" and "Opening Arguments"
Apr 1 2022
Ep. 420 - Interview with Thomas Smith, host of "Serious Inquiries Only" and "Opening Arguments"
In this solo episode (Jessica will be back next week), Hemant interviewed Thomas Smith, host of multiple podcasts that discuss science, atheism, philosophy, and the law. They include "Serious Inquiries Only," a show that goes in-depth on topics concerned science and skepticism, "Opening Arguments," with co-host Andrew Torrez, which takes complex legal issues in the news and breaks them down in an accessible and entertaining way, and "Philosophers in Space," which uncovers and explains the philosophy behind your favorite works of sci-fi. We spoke about the right-ward shift of big-name atheists, why so many skeptics seem to be pushing conservatives arguments, and what the best strategies are to counter that misinformation.  Because we spoke about so many different issues, timestamps were a bit tough to mark, but I hope you find this conversation as worthwhile as I did.
Ep. 419 - Sen. Lindsey Graham's Misplaced Double-Standard
Mar 25 2022
Ep. 419 - Sen. Lindsey Graham's Misplaced Double-Standard
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — Ketanji Brown Jackson was grilled about her religious beliefs by Lindsey Graham. (6:30) — A pastor claimed he could endorse candidates in church because they weren't beholden to the IRS. He's wrong. (18:05) — Brian Houston, the founder of Hillsong Church, finally resigned after additional revelations about his inappropriate behavior. But the whole church is in chaos. (28:55) — NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, who is vehemently anti-abortion, apparently paid for an abortion. (43:55)  — The Babylon Bee was booted from Twitter for making the only "joke" it knows. (56:05) — The largest gathering of atheists in America occurred ten years ago. Have things improved? (1:05:10)
Ep. 418 - The $100M Ad Blitz for Jesus
Mar 18 2022
Ep. 418 - The $100M Ad Blitz for Jesus
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — Senate candidate Herschel Walker proudly denied evolution. (1:38) — There's a $100 million ad campaign for Jesus. It will fail. (16:48) — Christianity Today reporters documented allegations of sexual harassment at... Christianity Today. (41:55) — Raif Badawi was finally released. (53:33) — A Kansas teacher sued school officials for requiring her to address students by their preferred names, saying the policy violates her religious freedom. (1:02:28)
Ep. 417 - Not All Outreach is Good Outreach
Mar 11 2022
Ep. 417 - Not All Outreach is Good Outreach
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — Why is a newspaper printing anti-atheist slander? (1:15) — Creationist Ken Ham has a new list of societal ills. (4:08) — A woman who killed three siblings at a school bus stop got out of jail early after taking a Bible study class. (9:12) — A Christian hate group found a way to blame "wokeism" and Black Lives Matter for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (19:15) — Dave Silverman, the former American Atheists leader who's now advising a right-wing atheist group, is going after a new audience... on InfoWars. (24:01) — SPONSOR: Check out Paint Your Life and get 20% off by texting FRIENDLY to 64-000. (59:23) — It was the 100th anniversary of the first anti-evolution bill getting defeated by lawmakers in Kentucky. (1:00:42) — Missouri lawmaker Mary Elizabeth Coleman wants to make it a crime to help women travel to neighboring Illinois to have an abortion. (1:04:21) — Convicted felon and MAGA cultist Michael Flynn says the word “Creator” appears four times in the U.S. Constitution. He's off by four. (1:08:29) — Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and a Putin ally, says Russia invaded Ukraine because some nations like to hold gay pride parades. (1:11:49)
Ep. 416 - How Many Atheists Are in Prison?
Mar 4 2022
Ep. 416 - How Many Atheists Are in Prison?
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — After saying God already "appointed" her to a State Senate seat, Bianca Gracia lost her GOP primary. (1:29) — Pat Robertson came back to The 700 Club to claim Putin was “compelled by God” to invade Ukraine because… Israel. (16:39) — Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson doesn't need to thank God for her success. (20:15) — Dr. Ben Carson says supporting church/state separation is a form of “schizophrenia.” (30:59)  — Atheists are virtually non-existent in the federal prison population. (38:24) — What does "The Trojan Horse Affair" tell us about Humanists in the UK? (54:32)
Ep. 415 - Forfeiting a Game Because of Faith
Feb 25 2022
Ep. 415 - Forfeiting a Game Because of Faith
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — Hold your sympathy for the Alabama high school basketball team whose faith led to them forfeiting their playoff chances. (1:25) — Christian sex predator Ravi Zacharias was effectively aided by the corrupt leaders at his ministry. (30:25) — The share of Americans who are absolutely certain God exists has dropped below 50% for the first time ever. (49:03) — The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case involving an anti-gay Christian website designer who doesn’t want to make sites promoting same-sex weddings. (1:01:35) — Conservative Christian Nebraska State Senator Mike Groene resigned after allegations that he took "objectifying" photos of a female aide without her consent and shared them with other people. (1:09:33)
Ep. 414 - Greg Locke's Witch Hunt
Feb 17 2022
Ep. 414 - Greg Locke's Witch Hunt
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — Greg Locke says he's going to expose six "witches" in his church. (1:09) — Why won't anyone give Kevin Sorbo the money he needs to make his movies? (22:26) — Why is the Catholic League's Bill Donohue getting paid a million dollars a year? (27:24) — A Baptist preacher whose daughter died in a car accident last year had his future son-in-law arrested for putting flowers on her grave. (41:44) — Five leaders at a Christian school were arrested for allegedly not reporting a sexual assault to authorities. (55:09)
Ep. 413 - The Invalid Baptisms
Feb 11 2022
Ep. 413 - The Invalid Baptisms
Please support the show at Donors now get access to a new BONUS episode. Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please join our Discord server! — A Catholic priest resigned for the dumbest (but strangely consequential) reason. (2:17) — LDS leader Brad Wilcox’s racist comments have caused chaos among Mormons. (8:13) — A public school Bible teacher in TN told students “how to torture a Jew.” (18:52) — WV teachers told kids to attend a religious revival during the school day. (31:41) — The evangelical ‘dissenters’ trying to ‘save’ the faith have their own problems. (42:26) — Missouri's governor said he only nominates people with "Christian values" to positions of power. (57:36) — A Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate urged rape victims to be “heroic” and give birth. (1:01:19) — A nun was sentenced to prison after stealing $835,000 from Catholic school to go gambling. (1:05:21)