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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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631 Ratings
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537
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28

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

By BigHead Leibo - Oct 19 2019
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Hemant & Jessica have a great flow that’s both insightful and humorous.

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Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: 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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Rank #20: 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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