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Yo! This was Jessica’s idea. Address your issues to her, ‘k? She’s a color commentator but does her own research too. I look forward to this every week and know when it drops- probably the only one of over 100 (200?) I know that about. I'm not sure why it's as short as it is, honestly.

Great show

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Hemant & Jessica have a great flow that’s both insightful and humorous.

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Jessica!

By PhelineCat - Nov 28 2019
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Yo! This was Jessica’s idea. Address your issues to her, ‘k? She’s a color commentator but does her own research too. I look forward to this every week and know when it drops- probably the only one of over 100 (200?) I know that about. I'm not sure why it's as short as it is, honestly.

Great show

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Hemant & Jessica have a great flow that’s both insightful and humorous.

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Ep. 61 - Matt Dillahunty, Master Debater and Co-Host of The Atheist Experience

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Matt Dillahunty is a former fundamentalist Christian who now debates religious apologists. He was the President of the Atheist Community of Austin for several years and co-hosts The Atheist Experience call-in show. He recently began a video series teaching viewers how to respond to frequently-used apologist arguments.

Jessica spoke with Matt about his religious upbringing, why he loves debates, and what he sees as the future of faith.

Jun 28 2015

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Ep. 293 - Will Elizabeth Warren Hire A Secular Outreach Director?

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Hemant has a new YouTube channel! Have you subscribed? You should.

— Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she’d consider hiring a “Secular Outreach Director” and Julián Castro says he doesn’t think atheism is a dirty word. (0:37)

— A Major League Baseball umpire under fire for his violent pro-Trump tweet also happens to run a Christian ministry. (10:03)

— The Christian Moms are furious at a commercial for period-proof underwear that featured men. (15:51)

— The company Always removed the female symbol from its sanitary pads. (20:05)

— An Italian photographer was convicted of blasphemy and ordered to pay a hefty fine. (22:15)

— Pastor Greg Locke burned a book by attorney Andrew Seidel because it threatened him with education. (26:58)

— A Tennessee GOP official trashed Democrats for having a “queer running fo president.” (37:14)

— Guess why abortion rates are falling in Colorado? Hint: It has nothing to do with abortion restrictions. (39:44)

— Bible teacher Beth Moore needs to “go home” because she’s a woman, said a male Christian preacher. (44:00)

— A Republican didn’t really say women considering abortions should have to wear ankle monitors. (47:47)

— God supposedly gave this woman the winning lottery numbers. But she didn’t play them. (52:41)

— 31% of white evangelicals think Donald Trump is infallible. (55:19)

Oct 26 2019

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Ep. 122 - Ray Comfort, Evangelist and Producer of The Atheist Delusion

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Ray Comfort is the founder and CEO of Living Waters. He's written dozens of books, co-hosted "The Way of the Master" with Kirk Cameron, and produced several movies including Audacity and Evolution vs. God. He recently released Fat Chance (subtitle: Why Pigs Will Fly Before America has an Atheist President) and the movie The Atheist Delusion.

Rather than have a debate about God's existence, Ray and I spoke about whether Christians must accept a literal interpretation of Genesis, what he thinks will happen if atheists are elected to political office, and what might change his mind about Christianity.

Also: Crocoducks.

Aug 14 2016

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Ep. 292 - The Unabashed Atheist Who's Not Afraid Of Hell

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Hemant has a new YouTube channel! Have you subscribed? You should.

— Why is Attorney General Bill Barr using his platform to promote Christianity? (0:29)

— The Freedom From Religion Foundation got a lot of mileage out of its controversial Ron Reagan ad during the Democratic debate. (7:22)

— The Pew Research Center says Christianity is in “rapid” decline. (15:30)

— There’s another Hobby Lobby-linked scandal at the Museum of the Bible. (21:25)

— A church exploited the death of an atheist mother’s baby. (26:20)

— A Florida Democrat (!) wants to force public schools to offer Bible classes again. (37:48)

— These are some expensive Jesus Shoes. (41:06)

— The Catholic Church is selling “smart” rosaries. For cold hard cash. (45:32)

— A Dutch “family” has been hidden in the basement for years, apparently waiting for the end of the world. (48:52)

— Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann says climate change isn’t a problem since God said we wouldn’t be flooded… again. (54:12)

Oct 18 2019

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Ep. 131 - Vyckie Garrison, Former Quiverfull Mother

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Vyckie Garrison was once a prominent member of the "Quiverfull" community, a rapidly growing Christian fundamentalist movement that bans birth control and encourages huge, "Biblical families" (much like the Duggars of TLCs 19 Kids and Counting fame). Garrison edited and published a Christian "pro-life, pro-family" newspaper for 16+ years in northeast Nebraska while home-churching, home birthing, and home schooling seven children. She made waves when she left the Quiverfull movement, divorced her husband, and began speaking out against the lifestyle.

She recently received American Atheists' Atheist of the Year award and runs the blog "No Longer Quivering" to provide support to women and children who are escaping abusive religious movements and to provide the public with accurate and compassionate information on the unique challenges faced by the spiritually abused.

We spoke about what her Quiverfull lifestyle entailed, how she escaped it, and what advice she would give to other women in her position.

Oct 17 2016

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Ep. 164 - A "Pro-Life" School Punished A Pregnant Student

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religious and politics.

They included:

-- The high school student punished by her Christian school for not having an abortion.

-- How Ark Encounter has been bad for the local economy in Kentucky.

-- The Manchester mayor calling the suicide bomber a terrorist who isn't a Muslim.

-- Greg Gianforte, the violent Creationist who will represent Montana in the U.S. House.

-- How Joel Osteen unintentionally summoned the Devil in the minds of his fans.

-- Betsy DeVos' inability to say no to discrimination when it comes to taxpayer dollars funding schools.

-- How Jesus isn't going to fix the offshore tax haven loopholes in the law.

-- The Arizona Democratic Party's brand new Secular Caucus.

May 28 2017

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Ep. 169 - This Is What Atheist Persecution Looks Like

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religious and politics.

They included:

-- The Christian terrorist threatening atheists over a statue in Tennessee.

-- The Christians harassing the atheist attorney who won a lawsuit in Florida.

-- GuideStar's decision to highlight "hate" groups using the Southern Poverty Law Center's database.

-- The woman who won a lawsuit against an Israeli airline because she didn't want to switch seats for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men.

-- How the Catholic Church is forcing more people to suffer in Canadian hospitals.

-- Why “Breatharians” aren't real.

Jun 24 2017

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Ep. 79 - John W. Loftus, Debunking Christianity

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John W. Loftus should be a Christian. He attended and graduated from Great Lakes Christian College, Lincoln Christian University, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he learned under apologist William Lane Craig.

But he’s spent the last several years debunking the faith.

His books include Why I Rejected Christianity, Why I Became an Atheist, and The Outsider Test for Faith. His latest book is strangely called How to Defend the Christian Faith.

I spoke with John about the worst argument Christian apologists use, how learning the Bible caused him to leave the faith, and whether rejecting Christianity is the same thing as becoming an atheist.

Nov 01 2015

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Ep. 186 - Stephen Mansfield, Author of Choosing Donald Trump

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81% of evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump last year, despite his bragging about sexual assault, despite his multiple marriages, despite his wealth and complete lack of concern for the poor, despite his flip-flopping on matters of abortion and saying women who had them needed to be punished, despite the lies and racism and bigotry. It seems like they were going to vote for whoever the Republican candidate was no matter what.

And that no matter what continues to play out today. Trump is a deeply unpopular president whose decisions and morals are constantly questioned. He may be nominating the Religious Right's Dream Team to judicial seats, including the Supreme Court, but beyond that, it's hard to see how he fits the mold of a "family values" conservative who inspires loves for Jesus.

So how did he do it? How did he convince evangelicals to support him, not just in the election, but to this day? And will there be any consequences for evangelicals moving forward?

Stephen Mansfield explores all those questions in his new book Choosing Donald Trump: God, Anger, Hope, and Why Christian Conservatives Supported Him.

I spoke with him about whether Trump's presidency will hurt evangelical Christianity, if there's anything Trump can do to lose the Religious Right's support, and why Trump's pandering rhetoric is so powerful.

Oct 13 2017

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Ep. 128 - Frank Schaeffer, Former Evangelical Christian Leader

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In another life, Frank Schaeffer would probably be an evangelical leader and someone with a powerful position in conservative politics. His father was the influential Christian theologian Francis Schaeffer and Frank himself, along with his father, helped create the modern Religious Right. Frank is the author of "Crazy for God: How I Grew Up As One Of The Elect, Helped Found The Religious Right, And Lived To Take All (Or Almost All) Of It Back" and, more recently, "Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God."

We spoke about his role in creating the Religious Right, why evangelicals are flocking to Donald Trump when he shares almost none of their values, and what he would say to anyone who might vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein.

Sep 25 2016

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Ep. 161 - Stephen Fry Didn't Blaspheme

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religious and politics.

They included:

- Comedian Stephen Fry's blasphemy ordeal and what it says about blasphemy laws.

- The Missouri Republican who thinks there's a difference between being gay and just being human.

- Whether circumcision should be banned?

- If banning a method for animal slaughter is religious discrimination.

- The absurd lawsuit claiming discrimination against a Creationist "researcher."

- What religious people would like to learn from atheists.

May 14 2017

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Ep. 146 - Donald Trump's First Week in Office

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In our latest podcast, Jessica and I discussed the first week of the Donald Trump presidency.

We spoke about the Women's March (and whether they were right to push aside anti-abortion groups), whether religious pandering still matters in politics, and what Trump did in his first week in office.

Jan 29 2017

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Ep. 148 - Dr. Daniel Dennett, Author of From Bacteria to Bach and Back

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Dr. Daniel Dennett is a philosopher, professor at Tufts University, and author of several books including Breaking the Spell and Darwin's Dangerous Idea. His research also led to the formation of The Clergy Project, an online forum for closeted religious leaders who no longer believe in God.

His latest book is called From Bacteria to Bach and Back, and it's all about how our minds evolved.

I spoke with him about why our minds are like a loaded iPhone, what we would do if the internet broke, and his new art exhibit.

Feb 12 2017

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Ep. 141 - Ryan McKnight, Founder of MormonLeaks

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This past week saw the launch of a website called MormonLeaks (formerly Mormon Wikileaks), a "safe, secure, and anonymous way to submit documents, videos, or any other information regarding the Church." The site was created by Ryan McKnight, a former Mormon.

I spoke with Ryan about why he left the Mormon Church, why he hopes to achieve by exposing the Church's secrets, and what the ultimate secret would be.

Dec 25 2016

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Ep. 173 - Creationists Can't Do Math, Either

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religious and politics.

-- Ark Encounter lost a tax rebate worth up to $18 million to avoid a 50-cent-per-ticket safety fee.

-- Creationists are mocking Flat Earthers for taking the Bible too literally. Really.

-- The "inspirational" Mormon story that is anything but uplifting.

-- The MN town that shut down a "free speech zone" to prevent Satanists from using it.

-- How Wisconsin is considering a bill that would make it harder to train OB/GYNs.

-- The BYU-Idaho professor who lost her job for supporting LGBT equality.

-- The Boy Scouts may allow girls before they allow atheist boys.

-- The African-American pastor who renounced his ordination with the Southern Baptist Convention.

-- The Muslim Democrat running for Senate who received a surprising message from her Republican opponent.

-- Richard Dawkins getting de-platformed by a radio station in Berkeley, CA.

-- Doctor Who isn't a man. And other things Hemant doesn't understand. (1:26:48)

Jul 22 2017

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Ep. 179 - Joel Osteen's Hurricane Harvey Hypocrisy

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religious and politics.

-- Why Pastor Joel Osteen didn't open his Houston megachurch for people needing shelter during Hurricane Harvey until after he was publicly shamed over it. (0:37)

-- The Nashville Statement, an anti-LGBTQ manifesto written by conservative Christians. (The statement is at 17:28; analysis is at 31:32)

-- A new survey that shows many Protestants and Catholics don't understand the basic principles of their faith. (43:21)

-- A Matt Walsh tweet that was delightfully mocked by everybody. (56:18)

-- People calling it a "miracle" when they see a cross or Virgin Mary statue left standing in the midst of hurricane destruction. (1:01:28)

-- Ark Encounter finally (and inadvertently) shared some attendance figures. (1:05:35)

Sep 01 2017

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Ep. 188 - Alberta's Sex Miseducation Lessons

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

-- Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert and the Ten Commandments monument going up (again) in Arkansas. (0:30)

-- Alberta Catholic schools want to teach an alternative sex ed curriculum. (13:25)

-- The dad from Duck Dynasty is spreading the lie that crime soars in areas without God. (24:40)

-- A new Satanic billboard says "Our religion doesn’t believe in hitting children." (32:10)

-- No one in this TX school district understands the Establishment Clause. (36:40)

-- The Catholic Church won't allow a gravestone marker calling out abusive priests. (43:36)

-- Pastor Robert Jeffress says we've let atheists “seize control of this country.” (49:13)

-- An Indiana county ended a life-saving needle exchange program because Jesus said so. (55:49)

Oct 28 2017

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Ep. 120 - Tracey Moody's Visit to Ark Encounter

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Tracey Moody, a frequent contributor to FriendlyAtheist.com and co-moderator of the Friendly Atheist Facebook page, went to Ark Encounter (the Noah's Ark theme park) in Kentucky on opening day to find out what a $100 million attraction looks like.

We spoke about the atheist protest outside the Ark, the exhibits inside of it (including one about how they removed all the excrement), and whether it's worth visiting just for the sake of curiosity.

Jul 31 2016

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Ep. 184 - A None Is Running For U.S. Senate

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

-- Conservative Matt Walsh criticized a male actor subbing in for a sick actress as promoting a transgender agenda. (1:39)

-- Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat who is religiously unaffiliated, will run for Senate in 2018. (10:20)

-- Christian theocrat Roy Moore is a step closer to becoming a senator. (21:34)

-- Mark Wahlberg is telling kids to go to church. (35:46)

-- Christians who are silent about Donald Trump don't get to criticize Hugh Hefner. (38:40)

-- A Colorado student is suing her high school district for promoting religion, over and over and over. (42:19)

-- Women will soon be able to drive in Saudi Arabia... but not before religious leaders say dumb things about it. (53:08)

-- A Florida pastor bragged about destroying a Satanic monument due to go up this winter. (1:04:49)

Sep 30 2017

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Ep. 150 - The Week in Politics and Atheism

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about some of the biggest stories from the week involving religious and politics.

They included:

- A Danish man charged with blasphemy.

- Death threats to a mother who fought to take down a Ten Commandments monument outside her daughter's public school.

- The Broken Windows Theory of Church/State Separation

- How Christians still feel persecuted despite having all the power.

- The Pope's backhanded compliment to atheists

- What happens when a fake psychic pretends to be a real psychic (who's not really psychic).

- Communion: Is it really haunted bread?

Feb 26 2017

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Ep. 299 - The Self-Imploding Anti-Theism Conference

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— The organizer of an “anti-theism” conference defended sexual harassment in a bizarre rant. (0:40)

— Elizabeth Warren needs a better response when it comes to defending the rights of atheists. (14:22)

— One of the most anti-abortion conservatives in the country just got a lifetime appointment to the federal bench due to Republicans. (21:02)

— Ohio Republicans want doctors to reimplant ectopic pregnancies. (25:33)

— This Christian man says no one has it worse in America than Christian men. (29:24)

— New laws in favor of sex abuse victims could cost the Catholic Church over $4 billion. (31:57)

— Three girls from Utah defended their classmate after a teacher insulted his gay dads. (36:40)

— Liberty University just launched a “think tank.” (39:52)

— The U.S. Army is not anti-Christian. (41:59)

— Televangelist Paula White says she can’t abandon Donald Trump now because what would that say about her?! (45:59)

Dec 06 2019

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Ep. 298 - Andrew Seidel, Author Of The Founding Myth

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Andrew L. Seidel works as a constitutional attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation (ffrf.org), litigating cases involving religion and the Constitution.

He has appeared on FOX News and MSNBC, speaks and writes extensively about religious freedom, and is the author of a new book called "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American."

We spoke at the recent FFRF convention about what he learned about Christian Nationalism while researching this book, how church/state separation legal strategy changes with a conservative Supreme Court, and the future of Project Blitz.

Nov 29 2019

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Ep. 297 - Chick-fil-A Infuriated Christians By Helping The Poor

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Conservative Christians are angry at Chick-fil-A for helping the poor. (0:38)

— People are very upset about a same-sex couple on a dancing show. (12:35)

— A Christian Right group’s Christmas “Naughty or Nice” list reveals a lot about their priorities. (16:36)

— A Tennessee school district is getting sued over its long long history of preaching to kids. (23:40)

— A Wisconsin church won’t get a $10,000 from a city council because they bragged about converting people with it. (27:59)

— The Dallas Straight Pride Parade was a flop. (31:03)

— A Michigan college nixed the Pledge from student government meetings… then brought it back. (34:00)

— Kanye West‘s appearance at Joel Osteen‘s church was underwhelming and ignorant. (37:52)

— The Ohio House passed a bill that allegedly prohibits teachers from punishing students who give a wrong answer if they did it because of religion. (53:10)

— Kansas City just banned conversion therapy! (58:33)

Nov 22 2019

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Ep. 296 - What Kanye West Should Ask Joel Osteen

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Kanye West is visiting Joel Osteen‘s megachurch. They should talk about this one issue. (1:20)

— Franklin Graham, a Trump cultist with no sense of irony, says God detests lyings lips. (12:29)

— Women are “truly equal” under Trump, says Trump cultist. (15:20)

— Some Christian pregnancy centers are finally offering birth control. (21:48)

— Should science groups list job openings at anti-LGBTQ schools? (26:13)

— A Saudi Arabian ad claimed atheism was a form of extremism. (32:59)

— The U.S. has dropped significantly in global Freedom of Thought rankings. (35:06)

— Don’t visit a chiropractor. This guy learned that the hard way. (43:22)

— An author was canceled from a school appearance because she named Harvey Milk an important activist. (48:55)

Nov 15 2019

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Ep. 295 - Rapper T.I. Is Obsessed With His Daughter's Sex Life

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Christian Nationalist, lost his race… for now. (0:31)

— Rapper T.I. is creepily obsessed with his daughter’s hymen. (5:00)

— A 20-year-old Duggar Family child (not that one) is running for State Rep. in Arkansas. (14:55)

— The Irish government says it will look into changing a bizarre survey question about kids’ religious beliefs. (20:55)

— Christian Comedian John Crist is canceling his tour after allegations of sexual misconduct. (29:30)

— Why haven’t Brett Kavanaugh and Samuel Alito recused themselves from these Supreme Court cases…? (40:44)

— Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle refused a White House invitation after his World Series win. (46:20)

— A Maryland county punished a local library because a Christian protested a Drag Queen Story Hour event. (52:10)

— Since Christians are doing it, Satanists want to take advantage of a school release program in Knoxville, TN. (57:10)

— These men from Spain were acquitted of rape charges for the worst possible reason. (1:04:10)

Nov 09 2019

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Ep. 294 - You Are Not Chewed Gum

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— A condom company can now claim the moral high ground over evangelical Christians thanks to a wall of chewed-up gum. (0:29)

— A Christian legal group condemned a website that bluntly says what churches believe about homosexuality. (5:18)

— A Catholic priest denied communion to Joe Biden. Biden should welcome that. (13:42)

— Kanye West thinks he got a $68 million tax refund because he loves Jesus. (21:06)

— Former Senator Kay Hagan, the subject of an anti-atheist smear campaign, died this week. (26:13)

— Why did Paula White formally join the Trump administration? (31:44)

— The resignation of Democratic Rep. Katie Hill is a travesty for so many reasons. (38:18)

— Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times says people like Jerry Falwell, Jr. have driven young people away from Christianity. He’s missing the bigger picture. (48:02)

— The Chicago Bears kicker who said atheists should believe in God after a game-winning field goal… missed a game-winning field goal. (55:20)

Nov 02 2019

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Ep. 293 - Will Elizabeth Warren Hire A Secular Outreach Director?

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Hemant has a new YouTube channel! Have you subscribed? You should.

— Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she’d consider hiring a “Secular Outreach Director” and Julián Castro says he doesn’t think atheism is a dirty word. (0:37)

— A Major League Baseball umpire under fire for his violent pro-Trump tweet also happens to run a Christian ministry. (10:03)

— The Christian Moms are furious at a commercial for period-proof underwear that featured men. (15:51)

— The company Always removed the female symbol from its sanitary pads. (20:05)

— An Italian photographer was convicted of blasphemy and ordered to pay a hefty fine. (22:15)

— Pastor Greg Locke burned a book by attorney Andrew Seidel because it threatened him with education. (26:58)

— A Tennessee GOP official trashed Democrats for having a “queer running fo president.” (37:14)

— Guess why abortion rates are falling in Colorado? Hint: It has nothing to do with abortion restrictions. (39:44)

— Bible teacher Beth Moore needs to “go home” because she’s a woman, said a male Christian preacher. (44:00)

— A Republican didn’t really say women considering abortions should have to wear ankle monitors. (47:47)

— God supposedly gave this woman the winning lottery numbers. But she didn’t play them. (52:41)

— 31% of white evangelicals think Donald Trump is infallible. (55:19)

Oct 26 2019

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Ep. 292 - The Unabashed Atheist Who's Not Afraid Of Hell

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Hemant has a new YouTube channel! Have you subscribed? You should.

— Why is Attorney General Bill Barr using his platform to promote Christianity? (0:29)

— The Freedom From Religion Foundation got a lot of mileage out of its controversial Ron Reagan ad during the Democratic debate. (7:22)

— The Pew Research Center says Christianity is in “rapid” decline. (15:30)

— There’s another Hobby Lobby-linked scandal at the Museum of the Bible. (21:25)

— A church exploited the death of an atheist mother’s baby. (26:20)

— A Florida Democrat (!) wants to force public schools to offer Bible classes again. (37:48)

— These are some expensive Jesus Shoes. (41:06)

— The Catholic Church is selling “smart” rosaries. For cold hard cash. (45:32)

— A Dutch “family” has been hidden in the basement for years, apparently waiting for the end of the world. (48:52)

— Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann says climate change isn’t a problem since God said we wouldn’t be flooded… again. (54:12)

Oct 18 2019

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Ep. 291 - Beto's Church Tax Exemption Problem

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Hemant has a new YouTube channel! Have you subscribed? You should.

— Hemant will be at California Freethought Day this weekend. Tickets are still available!

— David Silverman is running an atheist group again. (1:40)

— Beto O’Rourke was wrong to say churches should lose their tax exemptions if they’re anti-gay. (16:20)

— Why didn’t Demario Davis get in trouble for violating the NFL’s dress code by wearing a headband that promoted Christianity? (27:26)

— A Louisiana high school rejected free food from Chick-fil-A because you know exactly why. (33:10)

— Uganda is bringing back its infamous “Kill the Gays” bill. (34:58)

— A North Carolina sheriff’s office says employees are banned from cohabitating because God said so. (38:00)

— If a Christian club promotes prayer in school, teachers shouldn’t respond. (40:05)

— This girl never should have been suspended from school for speaking out about their inaction on sexual assault. (45:00)

Oct 12 2019

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Ep. 290 - The Judge, The Murderer, And An Inappropriate Bible

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— We’re having our first meet-and-greet in Chicago on October 5! Please join us if you can!

— Hemant has a new YouTube channel! Have you subscribed? You should.

— Hemant will be at California Freethought Day next weekend. Tickets are still available!

— Judge Tammy Kemp should never have preached Christianity to convicted murderer Amber Guyger in the Botham Jean murder case. (2:13)

— Todd Starnes has been let go by FOX News. Now that is rock bottom. (10:42)

— The Associated Press says 1,700 Catholic clergy members accused of sexual abuse now live among us. (21:03)

— A Tennessee woman had a choice: Get baptized or go to jail. (27:00)

— The three moms who make up One Million Moms are mad about gender-neutral dolls. (31:00)

— A pastor cleansed his church after a gay man spoke there. (33:00)

— 8% of U.S. teens say they’ve had a teacher lead the class in prayer. (41:41)

— Bleach is not a healthy response to autism. (45:01)

— Illinois secretly built a giant Planned Parenthood near the Missouri border. (49:43)

— A teacher who won’t use trans pronouns can’t believe he got fired. (53:20)

— The Trump administration is waging a new war on trans people. (56:44)

Oct 05 2019

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Ep. 289 - Thank The Internet For The Rise Of Godlessness

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— We’re having our first meet-and-greet in Chicago! Please join us if you can! (0:30)

— Impeachment is a bad idea, says Christian Right leader who constantly wanted to impeach Obama. (1:30)

— Why did America lose its religion? Thank the internet. (6:06)

— A GOP lawmaker wants to stop abortion because he loves gay people too much. (15:08)

— Be sure to test those rape kits. That concludes my TED talk. (20:04)

— This 90-million-year-old fossil remained buried because its founders feared God. (23:58)

— Don’t do this with a child at church. Or anywhere. (29:23)

— Ark Encounter got schooled by a local superintendent. (31:48)

— The CEO of a Christian magazine is stepping away after accusations of racial insensitivity. (35:52)

— When you’re in the marching band, this is how you troll an anti-gay school. (44:30)

— Donald Trump doesn’t do grammar so good. (47:29)

— People who think God is real say climate change is a hoax. (49:15)

— We found it. The worst right-wing take on Greta Thunberg. (51:35)

Sep 28 2019

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Ep. 288 - The Mayor's Prayers Didn't Work

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— We’re having our first meet-and-greet in Chicago! Please join us if you can! (0:30)

— The kicker for the Chicago Bears did his job, therefore you must believe in Jesus. (1:41)

— Dennis Prager thinks his YouTube propaganda videos constitute an actual university. (5:55)

— The Congressional Freethought Caucus has two more members than we knew about. (9:37)

— The race for mayor of Grand Rapids (MI) is between a competent leader and a Christian theocrat. (13:45)

— A school board president in Minnesota wants to know why they teach evolution. (17:33)

— Saturday Night Live fired its racist new cast member Shane Gillis. (20:25)

— High school students who pray before football games aren’t defying atheists. (23:22)

— The Clergy Project has now helped 1,000 pastors who no longer believe in God. (26:50)

— A Republican mayor in FL is calling for action on gun violence because his prayers aren’t working. (28:30)

— Professional liar Sean Spicer says if you love Jesus, you’ll vote for him on Dancing With the Stars. (33:42)

— Research shows “thoughts and prayers” are so annoying, atheists would pay money to avoid them. (35:30)

— A financial watchdog for evangelical churches is mired in its own financial problems. (38:20)

Sep 20 2019

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Ep. 287 - Benny Hinn Lied About Rejecting Seed Money

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Televangelist Benny Hinn renounced “seed money.” That didn’t last long. (0:50)

— If you ever get cast on Saturday Night Live, maybe rethink everything you’ve said that’s online. (6:38)

— Liberty University’s Jerry Falwell, Jr. is even more corrupt than we knew. (17:14)

— Quarterback Drew Brees made a video for an anti-gay hate group and doesn’t want to admit that’s a problem. (23:31)

— Christian lawmaker Jason Rapert doesn’t want you to see him answer questions truthfully. (34:10)

— The anti-gay Christian owner of a wedding venue will now allow gay couples after intense backlash. Should she be praised? (42:53)

— A Tennessee lawmaker wants to get rid of higher education to prevent people from becoming liberal. (51:30)

— North Carolina’s Republican Party hijacked the state government with a lie on 9/11. (56:05)

— A bunch of awful Christians have a bunch of awful things to say about a pastor who died by suicide. (59:13)

— A student charged with sexual assault was set free because he’s “high achieving.” (1:06:38)

— California is cracking down on fake vaccine exemptions. (1:09:00)

— Check out the film Islam & the Future of Tolerance! Podcast listeners who go to that link and purchase the HD version can use the code “10OFF” to get 10% off the price.

Sep 14 2019

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Ep. 286 - Does The Bible Ban Interracial Marriage?

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— A Christian-owned wedding venue won’t permit mixed-race couples to get married there… because the Bible. (0:30)

— Does a former “gay conversion” therapy leader deserve forgiveness now that he’s on the other side? (23:30)

— A Tennessee Catholic school banned Harry Potter books because the curses are real. (Seriously.) (39:41)

— Alleged child molester Roy Moore still thinks Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress. (45:03)

— What caused the mass shooting in Odessa, Texas? Apparently, the teaching of evolution. (52:33)

— A Texas lawmaker insists he won’t do anything useful to prevent gun violence. (54:13)

— The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City shouldn’t be doing a sex abuse investigation by itself. (57:11)

— This pastor has a Manhood Checklist. (1:00:14)

— Check out the film Islam & the Future of Tolerance! Podcast listeners who go to that link and purchase the HD version can use the code "10OFF" to get 10% off the price.

Sep 04 2019

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Ep. 285 - The DNC Acknowledged The Humanity Of Atheists

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— A grocery store cashier is being hailed as a Christian martyr for making lines longer. (4:11)

— Carroll County, MD finally accepted that their Christian prayers at meetings were illegal. It’ll cost them $125,000. (6:28)

— In Bangladesh, women no longer have to declare themselves virgins on their marriage licenses. (13:50)

— An atheist resigned from a Virginia women-focused committee after her old anti-religion tweets came to light. (15:22)

— Jerry Falwell, Jr. A handsome young man. A generous business deal. No, not the Pool Boy. This is another one. (21:05)

— A preacher said he saw two babies raised from the dead in the past week. Don’t bother looking for video. (30:14)

— A MI candidate for city council withdrew after backlash for saying she wanted a white community. (34:50)

— The Democratic Party passed a resolution acknowledging the values of non-religious Americans. Somehow, this is controversial. (40:20)

— A New Mexico city is trying to crowdfund its legal bills over an illegal Ten Commandments monument. It’s not going well. (45:47)

— A lawsuit against Ark Encounter says the Creationists didn’t pay their fair share of taxes, hurting local schools. (49:37)

— Kentucky will have to pay $225,000 for Kim Davis’ bigotry. And Davis herself may be held liable for it. (55:22)

— An appeals court says it’s legal for the Pennsylvania State House to block atheists from giving invocations. (57:20)

— Check out the film Islam & the Future of Tolerance! Podcast listeners who go to that link and purchase the HD version can use the code “10OFF” to get 10% off the price.

Aug 31 2019

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Ep. 284 - Q & A

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Jessica and I both have other obligations this weekend, so we pre-recorded this episode to answer some questions about atheism.

— Are you afraid of Hell? (1:39)

— Why do so many atheists care about LGBTQ rights? (4:00)

— Is it hypocritical for atheists to celebrate Christmas? (7:00)

— Why not just accept other people’s religious beliefs? (10:44)

— How do we educate ourselves about religion? (14:50)

— How does being an atheist play out in our daily lives? (22:01)

— What’s the worst thing about being around other atheists? (24:10)

— Is being an atheist inherently selfish? (26:30)

— How does evolution affect our beliefs? (29:00)

— Are atheists too angry? (33:30)

— Will we see more atheists running for office in 2020? (36:00)

Aug 24 2019

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Ep. 283 - Kentucky's Dollar Bill Loophole

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— A Kentucky school district found a great way to get around the state’s “In God We Trust” law, and it’s already angering state officials. (1:52)

— A candidate for Colorado House says women shouldn’t wear pants. (9:40)

— GOP Rep. Steve King says humanity exists only because of rape and incest. (17:44)

— A Christian pastor, formerly an extremist, is urging Trump to tone down the violent rhetoric. (23:00)

— A FL teacher was suspended after posting a message about how racism was over and Pledge protests were immature. (25:33)

— Never debate Christian pseudo-historian David Barton. His rules are weird. (30:25)

— An Oregon man won’t pay taxes because he’s a Christian who opposes abortion. So there. (35:58)

— Another famous Christian announced he’s no longer a Christian. (39:29)

— The FDA says you shouldn’t drink bleach no matter what this one church says. (47:24)

— The Department of Labor wants to make it legal for faith-based contractors to discriminate on the basis of religion. (51:10)

— White evangelicals are delighted by Donald Trump‘s cruelty heading into 2020… unless he swears. (57:37)

— Check out the film Islam & the Future of Tolerance! Podcast listeners who go to that link and purchase the HD version can use the code “10OFF” to get 10% off the price.

Aug 16 2019

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Ep. 282 - The Mike Pence Rule Strikes Again In A Sheriff's Office

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— In New Zealand, evangelicals have a “trust” problem. (0:36)

— Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s thoughtless tweet after last week’s mass shootings. (6:30)

— Donald Trump hammed it up for a picture with the baby who’s now an orphan because of Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric. (21:45)

— This Ohio lawmaker blamed the Dayton mass shooting on everything and everyone except guns. (26:59)

— Mike Huckabee thinks more Jesus will prevent mass shootings. (29:29)

— A Christian Cross in a Pennsylvania county’s logo isn’t promoting Christianity, a court says. (34:11)

— A Christian sheriff says he was fired for his faith. It’s actually because he wouldn’t train a woman. (39:35)

— Mike Pence has some horribly worded post-shooting advice. (46:00)

— Does the Mormon Church deserve to be sued for lying to people? (48:15)

— Most Catholics don’t believe in Eucharist, so why are they Catholic? (54:55)

— Conservatives always offer “thoughts and prayers” in response to guns but never abortion. (1:02:26)

— Joe Biden made a Bidenlike gaffe. (1:04:40)

— The Boy Scouts have been sued for acting like the Catholic Church. (1:06:02)

— Wanna do battle in the Times mini-crossword? Bring it.

Aug 10 2019

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Ep. 281 - From Purity To Apostasy

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— 40% of Americans are Creationists. (4:00)

— Answers in Genesis says they get no money from Kentucky taxpayers. That’s a lie. (9:25)

— “Purity Culture” poster boy Joshua Harris says he’s no longer a Christian. (18:45)

— A Greek Orthodox priest has a very strange idea about where gay people come from… (24:44)

— Where did Target’s “Humanist” throw pillow go? (30:10)

— This is awful advice for women whose relationships have fallen apart. (34:52)

— Attorney General William Barr is bringing back the death penalty. Does that conflict with his Catholicism? (40:00)

Aug 03 2019

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Ep. 280 - Atheists Know More About Religion Than Christians

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— A Pew survey finds that Jews and atheists know more about religion than every kind of Christian. Let’s take the quiz! (0:27, with analysis at 19:08)

— An anti-LGBTQ Republican lawmaker from TN resigned amidst allegations that he was using Grindr to meet men. (25:09)

— The Mormon Church knew about a pedophile but never reported him to authorities. (30:30)

— Iceland has lost a glacier. A freaking glacier. (36:45)

— The congregation revolted after a pastor put up a sign saying “America: Love or Leave It.” (39:59)

— The Tega Cay Police Department in South Carolina put up a Christian monument, then quickly took it down. (42:40)

— The governor of Texas wants you to know Chick-fil-A is safe. (45:58)

— Secular “churches” are struggling to stay relevant. (48:36)

— A woman violently pushed a priest off stage. Was it justified? (55:50) (Update: We discussed what the priest said before the woman pushed him. It turns out that is false!)

— Another Alabama candidate for Senate wants to create a theocracy. (58:35)

Jul 26 2019

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