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Ep. 368 - The Outrage Over Lil Nas X And "Satan Shoes"

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 71:39

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Conservative Christians can’t handle Lil Nas X and his Satan Shoes. (0:38) — A church told a woman she was ineligible to win a fishing trip in a raffle because of her ladyparts. (14:20) — Church attendance in America is at an all-time low. (23:45) — Will not playing on the Sabbath hurt this baseball player’s career prospects? (30:37) — A Christian school apologized for inviting a guest speaker who wasn’t anti-LGBTQ enough. (40:23) — Evangelist Rick Joyner has five kids, all of whom reject his radical beliefs. (48:29) — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opposed a suicide hotline because it would help LGBTQ people. (56:52) — A survey found that many Republicans don’t think Joe Biden is a real Catholic. (59:45) — A Colorado town sold part of a public cemetery to a boy scout so he could promote Christianity. (1:02:56) — An Oklahoma teacher called trans people “sinful” in class; a student exposed her words. (1:09:35)

BONUS - Interview With John Bluemke, former Republican

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 56:37

Jess sat down with her father to discuss why he left the Republican Party in 2016 and the impact that Donald Trump had on his understanding of America. (Please excuse some sound issues in the first 3 min of the recording!) Recorded on 3/20/21 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Ep. 367 - GOP Senator Opposes Sabbath-Day Voting

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 68:55

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order anything from Stardust Science and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://stardustscience.com/discount/FriendlyAtheist — Republican senator Cindy Hyde-Smith opposes Sunday voting because that’s the Sabbath Day. (0:42) — Franklin Graham infuriated Christians after urging them to get vaccinated. (8:40) — Half of Republican men say they won’t get vaccinated, but their family members are trying to change their minds. (13:11) — A Christian doesn’t want Robert E. Lee High School to change its name because Jesus didn’t oppose slavery. (16:34) — Ted Cruz says liberals get angry over “thoughts and prayers” because they hate God. (19:35) — Will suing the Mormon Church for fraud work? (22:31) — Australian politicians are having sex in the Parliament prayer room. (31:15) — Should the government remove roadside memorial crosses? (36:01) — A survivor of the Colorado shooting returned to the scene to declare that Jesus won. (46:40) — Panera Bread is being sued for religious discrimination by a Pagan employee. (52:54) — An Arkansas law would allow Christian doctors to refuse service to trans people. (1:01:34)

Ep. 366 - The Charlie Kirk "Think Tank" Has Tanked

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2021 74:10

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order anything from Stardust Science and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://stardustscience.com/discount/FriendlyAtheist — A Belgian court fined the Jehovah’s Witnesses for shunning former members. (0:25) — The Catholic Church still says it won’t bless same-sex marriages. Some priests want to rebel. (7:50) — The Liberty University “think tank” co-founded by right-wing activist Charlie Kirk has fired Charlie Kirk. (18:28) — CNN’s Don Lemon said God loves everyone. Now a Christian hate group is furious. (24:18) — The Georgia spa shooter had a long faith-filled history. (27:09) — Bob Jones University, which once banned interracial dating, wants you to know they oppose the Equality Act. (40:40) — A Montana Republican says he wants silent prayer in schools as a way to get God back in the classroom. (44:58) — A Florida bill would let student athletes preach over the loudspeaker before playoff games. (49:55) — A student recorded her middle school health teacher preaching in the classroom. (57:38) — Sen. Lindsey Graham says if the filibuster is changed, he’ll talk until he falls over. Let him. (1:00:20) — Being “Super Straight” is a (silly bigoted) thing now. (1:06:59)

Ep. 365 - The Church Expulsion Letter

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 75:26

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order anything from Stardust Science and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://stardustscience.com/discount/FriendlyAtheist — Atheists are more likely to get vaccinated, according to a new survey. (0:26) — A realtor arrested in a murder-for-hire plot assumed God would just forgive her. (6:40) — Christian apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate apparently took advantage of a “vulnerable woman.” (12:15) — A new study links evangelicals with a desire for bigger penises. (16:50) — A Republican lawmaker says we don’t need gun control because Cain killed Abel in the Bible. (23:31) — A Tennessee church sent a nasty letter to a member for her sinful lifestyle. (30:07) — An Arizona bill could give churches immunity even in abuse cases. (37:10) — Beth Moore quit the Southern Baptist Convention. Good for her. Bad for them. (42:33) — An Arkansas lawmaker wants Creationism back in the classroom. (49:10) — Pastor Robert Jeffress says we’ll be working in Heaven but with no government regulations. Yay…? (56:05) — Ravi Zacharias‘ former ministry will rebrand to get away from the predator’s name. (59:58) — Switzerland approved a burka ban. (1:04:31)

Ep. 364 - This Sermon Was Misogynistic Even By Evangelical Standards

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 72:09

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order anything from Stardust Science and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://stardustscience.com/discount/FriendlyAtheist — A Baptist pastor whose misogynistic nonsense went viral has temporary left the ministry. (1:11) — A New York woman saying allowing her husband to get a divorce violated her religious freedom. (17:00) — Sye Ten Bruggencate, a notorious Christian apologist, has resigned from his ministry citing unnamed “moral failure.” (20:35) — Another Idaho lawmaker opposed a child education bill because it might push more moms to work outside the home. (27:45) — An Idaho lawmaker says face masks injure “our souls.” (30:51) — Catholic leaders are stupidly urging people not to take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (35:10) — An Academy Award voter told one director he wouldn’t watch her film because it espoused a pro-choice message. (42:37) — Christians are furious that a Christian adoption agency will now work with gay couples in order to not lose taxpayer funding. (49:29) — Going to CPAC and celebrating how they embrace secular conspiracies instead of religious ones is really really dumb. (54:05)

BONUS - Interview with Authors of "Secular Surge"

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 36:52

With so many Americans turning away from religion, it's natural to wonder whether a Secular Left can ever challenge the Religious Right. A new book attempts to answer that question. It's called "Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics," and it's written by three people who know this topic better than most people ever could. David E. Campbell is the Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy at the University of Notre Dame who has written extensively about religion's role in American politics. Geoffrey C. Layman is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He, too, has written a lot about religion and politics and is currently the co-editor of the journal Political Behavior. David and Geoffrey are joining me today. The third author is John C. Green, the Emeritus Director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. We talked about whether the "secular surge" has peaked, if the GOP can appeal to non-religious voters, and the single issue that could unite atheists and evangelicals.

Ep. 363 - The Catholic Church vs. a Mom's OnlyFans Page

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2021 71:57

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order anything from Stardust Science and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://stardustscience.com/discount/FriendlyAtheist — This church staffer is super-racist. (1:29) — A Catholic School expelled three kids after learning about their mom’s OnlyFans account. (15:40) — Should a judge have booted a juror who said God told him about the suspect’s guilt before jury deliberations began? (22:29) — Tennessee Republicans want rapists to have veto power over their victims’ abortions. (35:48) — Ken Ham says the Perseverance rover’s budget should’ve been spent on Creationism. (40:50) — Rep. Al Green gave a stirring speech condemning Christians using God to justify their opposition to the Equality Act. (43:38) — A Texas bishop blamed atheism for all of society’s problems. (46:18) — A heavy metal musician from Poland is fighting back against blasphemy charges. (50:40) — Progressive evangelicals are speaking out against Christian Nationalism, but it’s not enough. (54:50)

Ep. 362 - Is The White House's Faith-Based Office a Problem?

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 75:50

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order anything from Stardust Science and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://stardustscience.com/discount/FriendlyAtheist — Don’t worry about the White House’s faith-based office… yet. (1:08) — A Newsweek article claimed atheists hate homeschooling because kids have to spend time with their parents. (16:48) — Why is a Kentucky city using FEMA relief money to build a church? (26:03) — This is what happens when a progressive church invites an anti-gay speaker. (35:34) — Georgia GOP lawmakers want three doctors to verify the genitalia of trans kids playing sports. (48:55) — There are very few Black atheists in America, according to a new survey. (56:28) — South Carolina’s abortion ban is bad news but it could be worse. (1:00:00) — Two women are getting promoted after their boss strategically decided not to elevate them when Donald Trump was in office. (1:08:28)

Ep. 361 - This Church Doesn't Represent America

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 73:19

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order anything from Stardust Science and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://stardustscience.com/discount/FriendlyAtheist — The late Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias was a bigger moral monster than we ever knew. (2:12) — Christian money manager Dave Ramsey says poor people don’t need stimulus checks. (21:02) — Jeep’s Super Bowl ad was an unintentional homage to Christian Nationalism. (42:10) — A conservative Christian reporter wants to know why the media won’t condemn Joe Biden’s Catholicism. (50:00) — 27% of white evangelicals believe in QAnon. (54:35) — A gay Christian who’s critical of church culture is the top-selling artist on iTunes’ Christian music charts. (1:01:15)

Ep. 360 - Are Southern Baptists Still Racist? This Guy Has Exhibit 1

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2021 69:49

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order Elle the Humanist and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://ellethehumanist.com/discount/friendlyatheist — The Arkansas legislature has passed a bill that would force women seeking an abortion to call an anti-abortion hotline first. (0:42) — The same Arkansas legislature passed a bill allowing churches to hold super-spreader events during a pandemic. (5:30) — The leader of one of the largest atheist groups in the country is stepping down and hoping a person of color replaces him. (10:12) — Are Southern Baptists still racist? Here’s Exhibit 1. (15:50) — A priest on YouTube called out “pro-life” hypocrisy and viewers lashed out! (32:00) — Democrats rejected saying the Pledge of Allegiance at House Judiciary Committee meetings because it’s pointless. (40:45) — A report on a German archdiocese reveals some truly horrifying details. (44:15) — The Catholic Church hoarded billions of dollars in PPP loans. (49:53) — Are all Republicans evil? A discussion. (53:55)

BONUS - Interview with Alice Greczyn, Actress and Author of "Wayward"

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2021 53:04

Alice Greczyn is an actress and writer who may be most familiar to audiences from her role as Mads Rybak in the ABC Family show The Lying Game. What audiences may not know is that Alice experienced what she calls a "painful yet rewarding transition from Christianity to atheism." It led her to create a website called DaretoDoubt.org, a resource for people leaving their faith. She now lives in Los Angeles and has just published a book about her journey out of religion called "Wayward."

Ep. 359 - A Christian School Expelled a Girl with a Same-Sex Crush

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2021 76:44

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order Elle the Humanist and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://ellethehumanist.com/discount/friendlyatheist — A Christian school kicked out a child who told another girl she had a crush on her. (4:00) — Is Joe Biden an anti-Catholic Catholic? (9:28) — If half of Protestant pastors hear conspiracies in church, what does it say about them? (18:00) — The mayor of a California city took part in a Christian COVID super-spreader event. (25:48) — Christian liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders is running for governor of Arkansas. (28:21) — An Australian bigot, who happens to be a tennis star, is receiving an honor, and people are furious. (36:49) — What is Kellyanne Conway doing to her daughter? (44:58) — Poland’s near-total abortion ban is now in effect. (53:08) — Joe Biden has reversed anti-abortion orders signed by Donald Trump. (55:59) — 14 states have already proposed laws targeting LGBTQ people. (1:07:28)

Ep. 358 - What Joe Biden's Administration Will Mean for Atheists

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 79:26

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order Elle the Humanist and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://ellethehumanist.com/discount/friendlyatheist — What just happened with Atheist Alliance International? (0:33) — Should we be troubled by Joe Biden‘s overly religious inauguration speech? (17:18) — White evangelicals still view Donald Trump favorably. (25:58) — James Dobson has a lot of irrational fears about the new administration. (36:30) — Christian terrorists were absolutely a part of the Capitol siege. (43:05) — A Catholic priest apologized to his church for not condemning Trump enough. (45:15) — A former anti-vaxxer is now urging everyone to get the COVID vaccine. (52:17) — Arizona Republicans want to pass a bill to execute women and doctors who have or perform abortions. (1:09:37)

Ep. 357 - He Rioted Because God Didn't Tell Him Not To

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2021 72:37

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order Elle the Humanist and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://ellethehumanist.com/discount/friendlyatheist — This Christian conspiracist thinks the College Football Championship was God’s way of saying Trump will stay in power. (1:38) — One of the arrested rioters includes an anti-gay, anti-abortion lawmaker from West Virginia. (6:04) — A man arrested in the Capitol siege said he prayed for guidance, but God never said no. (13:00) — We don’t need a National Hymn. (23:18) — Help me understand this atheist running an anti-abortion group for Democrats. (28:42) — The Irish government admitted its Catholic-run homes for unwed mothers led to 9,000 deaths. (42:38) — Christians who prophesied Trump’s victory are doing damage control. (48:15) — Evangelicals make up about half of Trump’s most vocal supporters. (53:28) — A Turkish Creationist was given a thousand-year jail sentence for… everything. (57:40)

Ep. 356 - Jesus and the Capitol Coup

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 61:52

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order Elle the Humanist and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://ellethehumanist.com/discount/friendlyatheist — Former PA Christian Nationalist lawmaker Rick Saccone lost his job after taking part in the Capitol Coup. (10:42) — A Catholic news outlet called out anti-democratic MAGA Catholics by name in an epic smackdown. (25:20) — There are a few surprises when it comes to the religious makeup of the new Congress. (29:30) — The Georgia Senate elections were a bright spot in an otherwise awful week. (35:00) — Meghan McCain finally realized parental leave is a good idea because she had a baby and for no other reason. (40:27) — Republicans flipped out after a House chaplain said “A-woman” when ending a prayer. (46:22) — This short documentary about Ark Encounter is more of a free ad. (48:51) — A Pakistani court banned used of the awful “virginity test” for sexual assault cases. (56:08) — The CEO of Whole Foods doesn’t think you need affordable health care. (58:35)

Ep. 355 - Conservative Blasts Dr. Fauci For Being A Humanist

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2021 70:01

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Order Elle the Humanist and get a 10% discount with the promo code “friendlyatheist”! https://ellethehumanist.com/discount/friendlyatheist — A conservative writer says Dr. Anthony Fauci can’t be trusted because “he’s a humanist.” (3:20) — A car caravan blocked Christian preacher Sean Feucht‘s COVID-spreading rally in Los Angeles. (11:25) — 400 Liberty U. students want to see the Falkirk Center shut down. (14:58) — A leader of the Catholic Church in Germany says reform on LGBTQ rights and ordaining women is necessary. (20:35) — There was a COVID outbreak in a Bible Study group on Martha’s Vineyard because the leader allegedly told people to trust Jesus over masks. (27:45) — Donald Trump issued a proclamation honoring Saint Thomas Becket. It has problems. (33:10) — A Pennsylvania public transit system owes a lot of cash after rejecting an atheist group’s ad. (46:46) — An Idaho pub faced backlash for helping out with a Satanic group’s fundraiser for personal hygiene products. (56:25) — The Mormon Church is being sued by former boy scouts for allegedly covering up sex abuse. (1:00:47)

BONUS - 2020 In Review

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 69:10

On this podcast, Jessica and I discussed the past year in news! We covered a whole variety of topics, going month by month, so feel free to jump around and listen in at any point!

Ep. 354 - The Secret Disturbing Life of Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2020 61:24

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Be sure to check out the Being Reasonable podcast if you enjoy street epistemology! — What did famed Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias do to those poor women? (4:15) — God’s Not Dead 4 will soon be coming to a bargain bin near you. (17:53) — A Christian-owned wedding venue in North Carolina is getting exactly what it deserves after refusing to host a same-sex ceremony. (23:36) — Kirk Cameron is not a fan of the “mask Gestapo.” (28:36) — A judge said this to a COVID-denying pastor: “The Constitution is not a suicide pact.” (33:24) — Even Pat Robertson is telling Donald Trump that it’s time to move on. (36:18) — A Florida county that previously blocked atheists from giving invocations finally adopted a new inclusive invocation policy. (38:43) — What’s the benefit to atheists promoting their cause at a Republican event? (42:51) — Jessica talks about her favorite current Christmas movies. (54:51)

Ep. 353 - Why Does Joel Osteen's Church Need PPP Loans?

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 62:22

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Be sure to check out the Being Reasonable podcast if you enjoy street epistemology! — It’s absurd that anyone is complaining about Jill Biden‘s Ph.D. (2:00) — A Denny’s server quit after two Christians claimed religious exemptions to wearing face masks. (10:55) — Why does Pastor Joel Osteen‘s megachurch need millions in PPP loans? (14:48) — And why did this preacher buy a private jet after receiving PPP money? (20:23) — At least 75 people caught the virus after a church held a Christmas concert earlier this month. (22:57) — Christian financial “guru” Dave Ramsey is holding a maskless Christmas party for hundreds of people. (27:27) — Christian singer Lauren Daigle was dropped from a New Year’s Eve show because she appeared at a super-spreader event. (31:49) — A COVID-denying lawmaker caught COVID and is now on a ventilator. (39:37) — A very ignorant conservative writer says public schools are indoctrinating kids into atheism. (44:57) — There are dumb election conspiracy theories… and then there’s this. (48:00) — A GOP congressman-elect says Rev. Raphael Warnock doesn’t represent “real” Americans. So who does? (51:11) — The governors of Mississippi and Oklahoma are praying, instead of doing anything useful, in response to COVID. (57:24)

Ep. 352 - Christian Writer Lashes Out At Elliott Page's Success

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2020 70:16

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Be sure to check out the Being Reasonable podcast if you enjoy street epistemology! — Should pastors be blamed if their congregations are skeptical of the vaccine? (0:40) — A Christian hate-preacher doesn’t know what a pandemic is, but he insists there isn’t one right now. (12:35) — A Christian writer is furious that Hollywood embraces Elliot Page and not him. (17:45) — Conservative radio host Jesse Lee Peterson is angry that a lot of Republican women were elected to the House. (24:15) — Jerry Falwell, Jr. dropped his defamation lawsuit against Liberty University. (27:05) — Don’t send Bible balloons to North Korea. (30:35) — Michele Bachmann says her vote was stolen by Satan. (36:05) — The Falkirk Center says the existence of successful Black people means systemic racism is a hoax. (40:02) — Sen. Kelly Loeffler gave her salary to organizations that hurt Americans. (45:10) — A West Virginia teacher hosted a Homecoming dance by calling it a religious “vow renewal.” (53:50) — Ben Shapiro can’t handle Kristen Stewart‘s holiday rom-com movie Happiest Season. (57:50)

Ep. 351 - An Anti-Gay Belgian Lawmaker Got Caught in the Most Predictable Way

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2020 65:52

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Be sure to check out the Being Reasonable podcast if you enjoy street epistemology! — A mysterious monolith in California was torn down and replaced with a Christian cross by a bunch of racists. (0:25) — Jehovah’s Witnesses may lose their tax-exempt status in Australia. (7:35) — “Sky Daddy” went viral after a confrontation outside an abortion clinic. (19:25) — A pro-Trump lawyer said being called “crazy” isn’t a problem since Jesus was called that too. (22:40) — An anti-LGBTQ lawmaker in Belgium was arrested after fleeing an all-male orgy. (33:21) — Oklahoma’s governor called for a day of fasting and prayer for COVID victims… even though he won’t actually help COVID victims. (39:35) — Insane Christians helped water down a mask mandate in South Dakota, one of the worst-hit COVID states. (43:30) — Atheists will convert after the election results are flipped, says preacher. (49:27) — Scotland is making period products free for everyone who needs them. (51:30) — Eric Metaxas wants to fake-die in a fake war for Trump. (55:00) — Jessica shares some personal news. (56:24)

Ep. 350 - The Supreme Court Gave a Gift to COVID-Denying Churches

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2020 47:32

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — The Supreme Court gave COVID-denying churches a gift, saying COVID restrictions in New York didn’t apply to them. (1:08) — Thousands of Hasidic Jews crammed into one place for a wedding. This is why we can’t have nice things. (14:04) — A Florida appeals court said bans on gay conversion torture for kids are unconstitutional. (18:27) — New York State is suing the Diocese of Buffalo for not protecting kids from abusive priests. (26:50) — Tennessee Republicans want to make sure COVID can still spread once we have the vaccine. (30:43) — A pastor who oversees an anti-mask daycare sent an insane letter to parents after the state shut the place down. (34:18) — A UK Court tossed out a paralyzed man’s lawsuit to permit assisted death. (37:45)

Ep. 349 - A Creationist's Misguided Guide to Nasal Bones

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2020 67:01

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — A Creationist says we have nasal bones because God knew we’d have glasses. (0:50) — Is it weird that a GOP congressman bragged to a Jewish publication about his attempts to convert Jews? (4:50) — “FOX News Republicans” says white Christians have it worse than everyone else. (12:42) — A pastor says a COVID vaccine would remove God from your DNA. (22:05) — Should a pastor who avoided talking about Donald Trump get credit for it now? (26:20) — The West Virginia Supreme Court says it’s okay for churches to lie about sexual predators. (34:51) — An anti-abortion activist wants people to defy lockdowns. Because irony is dead. (41:08) — Actress Melissa McCarthy gave a donation to a bigoted Christian group… then rescinded it after she learned better. (46:00) — A Tennessee mayor allegedly says he won’t support a mask mandate unless God tells him it’s okay. (51:30) — Hawaii eliminated Christian propaganda from its education curriculum. (1:01:46)

Ep. 348 - Isn't President-Elect Joe Biden Part of God's Plan?

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2020 64:12

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — A Republican atheist has been arrested for bribery… which is somehow not even close to surprising. (7:00) — One pastor congratulated Joe Biden… then quickly took it back… then quickly deleted his apology. (15:11) — Televangelist Kenneth Copeland just creepily laughed off a Biden presidency. (18:55) — Pastor Robert Jeffress can’t accept a new president… even though he had no problem with it in 2016. (20:40) — Justice Samuel Alito denounced marriage equality, church/state separation, and more in a speech to the Federalist Society. (28:55) — An Arkansas police chief threatened Democrats on Parler. He has now resigned. (36:00) — This is the only good lawsuit involving Donald Trump. (42:01) — Should Jehovah’s Witnesses be allowed to psychologically torture a little girl? That’s a question currently being decided. (45:57) — A preacher who blamed COVID on premarital sex has died of COVID. (53:40) — “So help me God” will remain in the U.S. citizenship oath. (56:50)

Ep. 347 - After Four Years, We Are So Close to Dumping Trump

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2020 68:51

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — The election. All of it. (0:30) — What did the exit polls show about white evangelicals? (11:34) — Religion makes the gender wage gap worse, say researchers. (34:49) — Should Latvia have to pay for Jehovah’s Witnesses to travel abroad for a surgery? (39:39) — The Supreme Court just heard a case involving religious bigotry. (47:02) — Liberty University is still acting very Falwellian. (52:17) — Pastor Carl Lentz has been fired for “moral failures.” (56:01)

Ep. 346 - Why Does Jerry Falwell, Jr. Want His Old Reputation Back?

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2020 54:32

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Husbands, do you know how your wives are voting? WHY NOT?! (0:35) — A conservative Christian candidate for the U.S. House from North Carolina is getting pushback from… conservative Christians. (10:33) — Jerry Falwell, Jr. is suing Liberty University for ruining a reputation he never had. (22:24) — A right-wing Christian group made a pro-Electoral College propaganda video for children. (26:16) — The babysitter in Borat 2, who was duped into participating in the film, says she had been praying for Borat’s “daughter” for a year. (32:00) — Christian Nationalism is coming to a church near you. (37:55) — A Republican Christian candidate for the WV State House has a restraining order against him for stalking and harassing women. (40:40) — Apparently, every aborted fetus is a Donald Trump voter in waiting. (45:19) — Poland has effectively banned legal abortions and women are protesting. (49:35)

Ep. 345 - Saying Goodbye to James Randi

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2020 67:39

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — We lost a legend. Goodbye, James Randi. (0:22) — A COVID-denying church run by Pastor John MacArthur has a COVID outbreak. (14:35) — COVID spreader and Christian preacher Sean Feucht is hosting a massive event on the National Mall this weekend. (18:00) — Pope Francis is now a fan of civil unions. So… yay? (21:49) — A former editor for the Christian Post says he left when they went all in for Donald Trump. (30:29) — A Duggar daughter is breaking away from the family’s conservative ways. (38:25) — If Joe Biden wins, the celebration will apparently involve cows. (42:20) — White evangelicals are completely out of touch with the country. (45:17) — Christian health insurance companies are lying to you. (57:08)

Ep. 344 - Can the Supreme Court be Fixed?

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2020 64:38

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please subscribe to my new Substack newsletter! — A whites-only church wants to set up shop in Minnesota. Locals aren’t having it. (2:00) — Donald Trump fell for an article on a satirical conservative website. (6:25) — Trump needs to work on his pandering. He’s now saying only Jesus is more famous than he is. (9:27) — Trump’s support among white evangelicals is slipping… (15:37) — Anti-gay groups are already celebrating the eventual overturning of marriage equality. (26:46) — Two congressmen say interracial marriages are also on the chopping block. (33:00) — This could be a way to save the Court… but it’s not pretty. (36:20) — Nashville authorities say they’re investigating a super-spreader event hosted by Christian preacher Sean Feucht. (42:25) — Someone called the cops after seeing a sleeping homeless man on a bench. It was actually a statue of Jesus. (51:10) — Anti-abortion groups are defending Trump’s use of a COVID treatment that wouldn’t have been possible without an aborted fetus. (58:18)

Ep. 343 - The Catholic Church May Have Broken For The Dumbest Reason

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2020 75:16

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please subscribe to my new Substack newsletter! — A priest was caught filming sex with two women in a church. (1:08) — Catholicism is officially broken because of a tiny mistake a few decades ago. (10:30) — Don’t bury fetal remains without the consent of the mother. Just don’t. (19:59) — Where are Donald Trump‘s evangelical supporters now that we know his COVID treatment was derived from the cells of an aborted fetus? (27:55) — Trump said catching COVID was a “blessing from God.” (35:11) — Eric Trump believes daddy “literally saved Christianity” from godless Democrats. (37:10) — Don’t forget that the Republicans who defended the child separation policy justified it with Bible verses. (41:22) — At least two Supreme Court justices want to overturn marriage equality. (50:30)

Ep. 342 - Alabama Won't Let Atheists Vote

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2020 63:27

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please subscribe to my new Substack newsletter! — Alabama won’t allow atheists to vote. (6:11) — Amy Coney Barrett has said abortion is “barbaric.” Will it matter? (10:48) — One conservative opposes Barrett’s confirmation to the Court… but for all the wrong reasons. (18:21) — Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias is being accused of sexual misconduct months after his death. (19:09) — This Illinois Republican says his opponent is attacking his “Christian values”… by quoting his platform. (26:00) — “Humanists for Biden,” a first of its kind group, had its launch! (32:53) — Behind closed doors, Donald Trump mocks religious people. (35:16) — Senate Republicans won’t pass a COVID relief bill, but they did pass a resolution defending the Pledge of Allegiance. (39:00) — Satanists want to put up pro-abortion billboards but they’ll have to win a legal battle first. (40:57) — Conservative Matt Walsh says Real Men don’t use emojis. (48:40) — A COVID-denying pastor forces his staff to sign COVID waivers. (51:38) — A First Amendment case has church/state opponents working together. (54:00)

Ep. 341 - The Supreme Court's Devastating Rightward Shift

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2020 68:02

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Please subscribe to Hemant's new Substack newsletter! — What does the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean for church/state separation? (0:54) — Democrats do not have an anti-Catholic bias. (23:41) — A Republican state representative from Illinois was caught on tape saying racist, homophobic things about her opponent. (28:03) — A Baptist preacher yelled “White Power!” after a Trump rally. (36:00) — This bizarre ad from a Wisconsin GOP group falsely claims Joe Biden‘s religious beliefs are unknown. (39:00) — How much praise should we give an evangelical who only ditched the label now? (42:44) — What is a “militant secularist,” Attorney General William Barr? (56:20) — Germany’s largest, richest archdiocese is planning on massive shrinkage. (59:33)

Ep. 340 - The Don't-Say-The-S-Word Baptist Convention

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2020 65:38

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — If you’re a pastor, maybe don’t use your work email to send hateful racist messages based on a hoax. (0:55) — The Southern Baptist Convention is drifting away from the word “Southern.” (11:45) — “Evangelicals for Social Action” is getting rid of the first word because it’s too toxic. (19:18) — Scientific American issued its first-ever endorsement for Joe Biden. Will it matter? (22:19) — Don’t be this mom complaining about a Bible reading in your daughter’s English class. (38:00) — Democrats can and should reach out to non-religious voters. (51:00) — A Republican state senator who participated in a protest against climate change just lost his home due to the wildfires. (56:11) — A California church will finally stop its indoor services. It just took a fine of $112,750. (1:00:16)

Ep. 339 - A Christian Hate-Preacher Was Banned On YouTube

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2020 76:54

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Christian hate-pastor Steven Anderson no longer has his YouTube channels. I may have had something to do with that… (0:48) — Pastor John MacArthur‘s church has been shut down by a judge for violating COVID rules. (13:16) — A Hobby Lobby store urged people to vote for Trump. Now there’s a call for a boycott. (17:33) — Donald Trump released a new Supreme Court shortlist, but will anyone care? (19:32) — A South Carolina school district lost a major church/state legal battle… but doesn’t want to accept the settlement. (28:45) — Socialists hate the Bible, according to a Christian pollster who oversimplifies everything. (32:44) — Queensland, Australia will make priests report child abuse even if they learn about it during confession. (37:54) — Michael Cohen admitted there was a link between the Falwells’ racy photos and his endorsement of Trump. (47:09) — A Ukrainian Orthodox Church leader who blamed COVID on gay marriage… has COVID. (55:01) — A Brazilian gospel singer is involved in a murder case… and it gets even weirder after that. (56:38) — Trump wants “patriotic education” in schools. But his version of that is pure indoctrination. (1:01:39)

BONUS: Interview with Seth Andrews, Author of "Confessions of a Former FOX News Christian"

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2020 41:16

You know Seth Andrews as the host of The Thinking Atheist podcast and his YouTube videos. And if you've listened to him before, you may also know that he's a former evangelical Christian, the kind who lived in the right-wing bubble, idolizing Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and FOX News. So what caused that shift? That's the focus of Seth's new book, "Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian." We spoke about how Seth left the evangelical bubble, what it takes to question your core beliefs, and why the FOX News crowd is so susceptible to fear.

Ep. 338 - A Lying Pastor Claimed There's No Pandemic

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2020 58:15

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Pastor John MacArthur told his congregation “There is no pandemic.” Yes. There. Is. He misinterpreted scientific data. (0:54) — Christian Right activist Eric Metaxas sucker punched a protester after Trump’s RNC speech. (10:45) — Ark Encounter finally settled its infamous rain damage lawsuit. (14:30) — Is Liberty University’s investigation into Jerry Falwell, Jr.‘s tenure going to be legitimate? (18:39) — This Christian radio host says men should avoid smart women because they have emotional needs in bed. (30:20) — Conservative Christians are complaining about California’s SB 145 because they don’t understand what it does. (36:10) — Research shows public schools may be discriminating against Muslim and atheist families. (47:41)

Ep. 337 - Jerry Falwell's Holy Trinity

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2020 70:26

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. This week, they all revolved around Jerry Falwell, his wife Becki, and the Pool Boy. Side note: If you're curious about the siege at Waco, listen to the amazing American Scandal podcast series about it!

Ep. 336 - Was the DNC's Faith Outreach Too Much?

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2020 66:21

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Our thoughts on the Democratic National Convention. (0:22) — Evangelist Franklin Graham said there was an “absence of God” during the DNC. What was he watching?! (6:29) — Florida State Rep. Kim Daniels, one of the worst Democrats in the country, lost her primary. Thank goodness! (16:55) — Broadcaster Thom Brennaman said WHAT during a broadcast? (20:53) — A former LGBTQ-themed talk show host hurled anti-LGBTQ slurs at someone who told him to wear a mask. (27:41) — Should this Catholic mother have disconnected the internet to punish her atheist son? (30:14) — Rep. Rashida Tlaib has joined the Congressional Freethought Caucus! (38:00) — The likely QAnon congressional candidate from Georgia once tried to get two Muslim congresswomen to retake their oaths on the Bible. (42:13) — Can evangelicals convince other Christians to follow the science when it comes to COVID? (47:16) — Ark Encounter is planning a Christian music festival. Like everything they do, it’s underwhelming. (53:27) — Singer James Blunt once got scurvy from eating only meat to prove his manliness. Go vegetarian, everyone. (56:00)

BONUS: Jess and Mikey Discuss "Hardflip," the Movie

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2020 115:31

Since everyone is quarantined, Jess and her husband/film nerd Mikey have been watching and discussing movies. There are several bonus episodes available to Patreon donors, but we wanted to give listeners a sample! This time, they watched the truly terrible 2012 film "Hardflip," about a guy who skateboards his way to Jesus... or something. Mikey discusses skating intricacies and cinematic failures of the movie as a whole. It's a mess.

Ep. 335 - Conservatives Can't Handle WAP

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2020 69:59

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Our friend Ed Brayton has died. (0:30) — How many people does Pastor John MacArthur want to hurt before he’ll come to his senses? (5:55) — A Christian mom said masks and social distancing are Pagan rituals. The school board was listening. (11:55) — If you don’t know her, you’re going to love Wisconsin Democrat Kelda Roys who just won her primary for state senate. (16:29) — Here are all the non-religious candidates running for state and federal office in November. (21:30) — Secular Democrats of America are planning an incredible inaugural event. (24:08) — A 90-year-old man has come out as gay! (26:31) — Conservatives can’t handle the new Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion song “WAP.” (29:35) — Democrats are hardly a godless party no matter what MAGA cultist Robert Jeffress says. (40:15) — Liberty University has a new anti-gay Jerry at its helm. (42:40) — A long discussion about Kamala Harris. (45:00)

Ep. 334 - Joe Biden's Doing What To God?!

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2020 59:48

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — A Christian hate-pastor threatened a man over masks at a Dunkin’ coffee shop. Now they’re mandating masks. (1:20) — Trump claims Joe Biden will “hurt God” if he gets elected. How weak is this God…? (7:00) — Donald Trump‘s lawyer Jenna Ellis says Michelle Obama needs more Jesus in her life. (13:50) — What is Jerry Falwell, Jr. doing on his yacht…? (19:32) — A GOP state lawmaker who spoke at a celebration of a KKK leader was charged with felony theft. (30:57) — Judge Roy Moore is suing comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation and it may backfire spectacularly. (37:04) — A Florida pastor says masks get in the way of praying. How…? (41:00) — The Satanic Temple is now saying Satanic abortions are protected under religious liberty laws. (44:03) -- We heard some breaking news about Falwell... (50:30) — Aliens didn’t build the pyramids, Elon Musk. (52:45) — A study found that the most anti-abortion states offer the least support for women and families. (53:56)

Ep. 333 - The Demon Sex Doctor

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2020 67:57

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Be sure to check out the Being Reasonable podcast if you enjoy street epistemology! — Women vandalized the Ten Commandments monument in Arkansas and I got threatened by a senator. (1:12) — Republican atheist Robert M. Price‘s anti-transgender, anti-feminist remarks in a fantasy anthology’s introduction has angered many of the contributors. (11:30) — Do we seriously have to talk about the demon sex doctor? (21:00) — A Christian author says Jesus was white. Because of course he did. (27:45) — Sen. Tom Cotton said something else idiotic about slavery. (34:10) — Rep. Louie Gohmert is sick, Herman Cain is dead, and Republicans still don’t care enough about the virus. (38:27) — Focus on the Family founder James Dobson is fear-mongering about the election… just like he did in 2008. (46:53) — There’s a large religious revival in the Chicago suburbs, creating pandemic concerns, and no one knows who gave them permission. (57:31) — A Giants pitcher wouldn’t kneel for black lives because he’s Christian. (58:59) — A Nevada sheriff says libraries shouldn’t be able to call 911 if they support Black lives. (1:03:54)

Ep. 332 - Rep. Ted Yoho, Who Loves God, Is A Vulgar Monster

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2020 75:50

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Be sure to check out the Being Reasonable podcast if you enjoy street epistemology! — A Christian non-profit may boot Rep. Ted Yoho from its board for using a vulgarity against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (1:05) — Arkansas State Rep. Jason Rapert, who opposed the state’s mask mandate, is now hospitalized with COVID. (8:45) — Anti-abortion Democrats want the party to be more anti-abortion… which is a horrible idea. (12:59) — Dr. Anthony Fauci can’t throw a pitch, which is perfectly fine. (27:51) — There’s a new dating site for Christian bigots. (33:50) — North Dakota’s GOP platform is wildly anti-LGBTQ and they only now realized it. (39:59) — A Republican policy tells homeless shelters how to spot transgender people by sight. (44:45) — A Texas lawmaker wants you to know even aliens need Jesus. (49:20) — Sen. Tom Cotton filed a bill to block the teaching of the 1619 Project. (54:30) — Satanists launched their own scholarship for students who hate school. (1:08:35)

Ep. 331 - The Science Is Not On Trump's Side

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2020 66:46

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Be sure to check out the Being Reasonable podcast if you enjoy street epistemology! — Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany wrongly thinks science supports reopening schools. (1:16) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is promoting Christian Nationalism in a new document. (8:07) — The White House held secret phone calls with evangelical leaders urging them to apply for forgivable PPP loans they didn’t need. (13:04) — Don’t use slurs when you’re the leader of an atheist organization. (15:05) — These irresponsible parents are leading a “Million Unmasked March.” (35:01) — Rush Limbaugh wants us to follow in the footsteps of cannibals. (40:58) — Anti anti-Trump ad features evangelical Christians admitting Trump used them. (45:57) — Sudan is taking big steps in the direction of human rights by overturning religious rules. (52:31) — Louisiana’s governor wants everyone to fast for three days, during lunch, for… something. (55:23) — Atheists aren’t hypocrites for taking PPP loans. (57:28) — Does Laura Ingraham know where Toronto is? (1:01:23)

Ep. 330 - It's Okay for CNN to Say Jesus Wasn't Perfect

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2020 71:14

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — The one mom at One Million Moms is very angry at “Hamilton” for including an F-bomb. (0:44) — Conservative Christians are mad at CNN’s Don Lemon for saying Jesus wasn’t perfect. (8:05) — Dr. Nancy Goroff, a secular Jew and Ph.D. scientist, won her Democratic primary for Congress in New York. (14:50) — Will Smith used “godless” as a slur. Should we cancel him? (17:30) — The Supreme Court says religious schools are all-but-immune from anti-discrimination lawsuits and got in the way of women and contraception. (24:45) — Churches received billions of dollars in forgivable loans from the U.S. government. Should this have happened? (33:10) — A church threw an in-person event and a girl soon died. Who should be blamed for it? (40:58) — Donald Trump wants to build a National Garden… with a statue of Billy Graham. (59:48) — The FBI raided the headquarters of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, a.k.a. The Bleach Church. (1:03:35) — Be sure to check out the Being Reasonable podcast if you enjoy street epistemology!

Ep. 329 - Christian Schools Can Now Get Taxpayer Money

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2020 69:44

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — An Idaho church held an indoor service. Masks optional. 1,000 people came. (0:55) — Jehovah’s Witnesses are among the few groups not taking part in an Australian program meant to help sexual abuse survivors. (5:06) — A pastor and his wife were arrested for taking part in an embezzling scheme. (11:33) — The Supreme Court just made it possible for private religious schools to receive taxpayer money. (16:58) — Sen. Rand Paul hates experts. (24:23) — A powerful megachurch pastor let a potential predator work with kids. Now we know why. (41:18) — A Catholic priest was suspended after comparing Black Lives Matter organizers to maggots. (50:23) — The numbers are in! The Catholic Church spent more than $280 million on sex abuse cases in 2019. (54:20) — “Cancel Culture” doesn’t need to get rid of Darwin. But it wouldn’t matter if he got canceled. (1:02:14)

Ep. 328 - Should Statues of White Jesus Come Down?

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2020 70:57

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — An Arizona church lied and claimed it had air filters that blocked out 99% of COVID. (2:30) — The daughter of a Republican candidate for State House in Michigan says you should not vote for her dad. (10:44) — Should statues of “white European” Jesus be taken down? (18:40) — A Republican senator cited J.K. Rowling when voting against an LGBTQ rights bill. (33:38) — Mississippi wants to replace its racist flag with a religious one. And here’s a Roman Mars video about flags! (36:30) — A Catholic Church fired a married lesbian because it remembered how Catholicism works. (42:00) — A couple of anti-maskers in Florida don’t want mandates that get in the way of God’s Wonderful Breathing System. (56:25) — Five years after Obergefell, the Religious Right’s predictions never came true. (1:00:55)

Ep. 327 - A Pastor's Push for the "White Blessing" of Slavery

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2020 64:04

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — A Christian conversion therapy group is shutting down. (3:50) — Pastor Louie Giglio wants to replace the phrase “white privilege” with “white blessing.” He then apologized for suggesting it. (17:40) — Having more kids is not the way to win the Culture Wars. (35:37) — Does anyone know what Donald Trump‘s “Religious Freedom Task Force” did? (41:38) — Trump’s pathetic photo op in front of a church may have cost him support in swing-state Michigan. (48:11) — The Boy Scouts are offering a merit badge for inclusion. The one for irony can’t be far behind. (51:04) — This is a horrible way to ask kids about Purgatory in a religious education class. (57:36) — This lady wants everyone to burn their face masks. Because she’s not smart. (59:20)

Ep. 326 - The GOP's 2020 Platform is a Gift to the Christian Right

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2020 80:19

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — The Trump administration finalized a rule that allows doctors to deny care to transgender people. (1:14) — A Christian group leader says America is not racist… because interracial marriages are going up. (11:46) — The GOP’s 2020 platform is a gift to the Christian Right. (17:55) — Should a pastor receive any sort of backlash for liking a right-wing blowhard’s tweets? (28:32) — Former Black staffers at Liberty University are trying to help others leave due to Jerry Falwell, Jr.‘s racism. (47:08) — Creationist Kent Hovind wants half a billion dollars’ worth of revenge against the U.S. government. (50:11) — Want to vote early in Tennessee? This secular church is eager to help you. (59:46) — A Tennessee bill would allow kids to skip an hour of school each day to go to church. (1:04:15) — An Ohio Republican lawmaker suggested COVID disproportionately affects Black people because they don’t wash their hands. (1:10:00)

Ep. 325 - Trump's Church Photo Ops Pleased Nobody

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2020 67:57

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Donald Trump‘s photo ops in front of two churches pleased nobody. (1:07) — Is Trump finally losing some of that white evangelical support? (10:44) — Southern Baptist churches had their largest membership drop in a century. (18:28) — Should a high school graduate be denied college acceptance for a racist comment online? (25:49) — According to the Lt. Governor of Texas, we can’t fix racism without Jesus. (39:53) — Pope Francis condemned the murder of George Floyd. (48:44) — The Department of Education, under Betsy DeVos, says allowing trans athletes to compete in high school sports could lead to government defunding of those schools. (1:00:33)

Ep. 324 - A Tampa Church is Hosting Christian COVIDpalooza

Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2020 72:01

Please support the show at https://www.patreon.com/friendlyatheistpodcast Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne is planning Christian COVIDpalooza this weekend. (0:36) — The CDC website has removed sensible virus guidance for churches. (5:02) — There’s a black Republican Jewish atheist on the Cincinnati City Council. (7:48) — After Jerry Falwell, Jr. tweeted a “joke” about blackface and the KKK, one Liberty University professor resigned in protest. (30:29) — Conservative Christians are very concernstipated about Pixar’s short film “Out,” which is a love story featuring a gay man. (45:59) — A well-known Jehovah’s Witness published a book denouncing the religion’s leaders. Will he be kicked out because of it? (48:04) — A former star of Christian rock said he’s no longer Christian. (53:02) — The dad from Duck Dynasty has a secret love-child… but it’s okay since the affair occurred before he found Jesus. (58:01) — The Museum of the Bible is returning a stolen Gilgamesh tablet. (1:05:05)

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