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Episode 140 – Show Notes

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FreeFlo; Orlando, FL – Nov 6th to 8th: http://free-flo.org/

Skepticon; Springfield, MO – Nov 13th to 15th: http://skepticon.org/

Hungarian Skeptics Conference – Nov 14th: http://telapo.datatrans.hu/szkeptikus/2015/index.htm

Piedmont Humanists Feast of the Spaghetti Monster; Greenville, SC – Nov 14th http://www.meetup.com/Piedmont-SC-Humanists/events/225823878/

NZ Skeptics Conference; Christchurch, NZ – Nov 20th to 22nd: http://conference.skeptics.nz/

Atheists of Facebook online convention: https://www.facebook.com/events/1630462703879504/


Check out Mr. Angry Beard’s blog here.


Researchers report magnetic brain stimulation can reduce religiosity: http://www.york.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/2015/research/psychologist-brian-magnetic/

Huckabee casually endorses biblical slavery: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/17/mike-huckabee-agrees-with-bible-verse-that-says-poor-people-should-be-sold-into-slavery/

Emboldened Texas PD putting actual bible verses on vehicles: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/16/hemphill-county-sheriffs-office-tx-puts-bible-verse-sticker-on-all-vehicles/

Religion is mad about Justice Department’s plan to prosecute hate groups: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/20/religious-right-angry-after-u-s-justice-dept-partners-with-hate-group-watchdog/

DC Church leader claims bike lane infringes on religious freedom: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/10/14/d-c-church-says-a-bike-lane-would-infringe-upon-its-constitutional-rights-of-religious-freedom/

WBC v. Big Kim: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/15/westboro-baptist-church-will-picket-outside-kim-davis-office-because-shes-a-fake-christian/

Irish kid’s book makes Virgin Mary sound even more like a rape victim: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/16/kids-in-ireland-now-taught-that-an-afraid-and-confused-mary-said-yes-to-god-impregnating-her/

Public school football coach doesn’t fucking get it: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/15/superintendent-reminds-football-coach-that-he-cant-pray-with-kids-no-matter-what-a-christian-group-says/

P-Robes makes it too easy: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/17/pat-robertson-laments-the-organized-thrust-of-gay-people-who-want-to-stick-it-to-christians/

Caller asks P-Robes why he needs a doctor if he has faith: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/16/pat-robertson-has-to-explain-to-viewer-why-he-has-surgery-when-hes-supposed-to-have-faith/

P-Robes warns against gay relatives bringing “friends” to Thanksgiving: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/robertson-dont-let-your-gay-grandson-bring-friend-thanksgiving-dinner

MS Public school teacher being a dick to atheist students: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2015/10/mississippi-public-school-teacher-caught-abusing-atheist-students/

Bakker: Satanic temples are hidden in Planned Parenthood clinics: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/televangelist-satanic-temples-are-hidden-in-planned-parenthood-clinics-as-legal-cover-for-child-sacrifice/


Diana West: Feminism leads to gangrape: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/diana-west-feminism-helped-lead-gang-rape-death-western-civilization

Crazy Bitch: Multiple sex partners is basically the same as rape: http://www.rawstory.com/2015/10/anti-abortion-crusader-only-jesus-can-save-you-after-multiple-sex-partners-because-its-almost-like-rape/

Emasculation of our country leading to women in the military: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/perkins-emasculation-our-culture-leading-women-military

  1. October 25, 2015 at 5:01 AM

    You weren’t wrong in your conclusions on the effectiveness of religion on treating addiction.

    Just in case you wanted a few links to some literature backing up such claims for future use,

    Closing The Gap Between Science and Practice, the 2012 Casa Columbia Report, is pretty much the gold standard as far as any and all aspects of addiction and alcoholism recovery practices, wide scope and very broad.

    Click to access Outcome_Indicators_WA.pdf

    Evidence Based Practice Indicators and Outcomes for Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Interventions – more specific to the immense superiority of medication assisted treatment–methadone, buprenorphine (suboxone/subutex) for opiated or disulfiram for alcohol–over any strictly psychosocial therapy.

    Interestingly, amongst psychosocial therapies, 12-step programs (i.e. religion) is on the lower end of effectiveness. And really, compared to actually effective treatments like listed above, comparing psychosocial therapies is like deciding which player should win the silver slugger award for pitcher. If you can make it over the Mendoza line, your a star in this category.


    The Trouble with Morality: The Effects of 12-Step Discourse on Addicts’ Decision-Making.

    Within 12-step groups, any participation in medication assisted therapy is scoffed at and looked down upon. Despite this, many do use both simultaneously, but keep their use of methadone or suboxone hidden from their peers.

    It’s not hard to imagine a scenario where those who achieve sobriety in this situation will credit the religion, and not the medication. They are already conditioned to hide the fact they are on methadone or suboxone from others, so what will they assert is responsible for their recovery? “Their higher Power” of course.

    Anyways, it’s been a while since I posted a comment, but this diatribe was RIGHT ON, and is something that is personally close to home.

    Thank you for telling it like it is Noah :).

  2. October 25, 2015 at 5:02 AM

    Man if that whole response I just typed got deleted cuz of my stupid browser I’m gonna be pissed. I hope you just have comment moderation on 😦

  3. LoveThisPodcast
    October 28, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Love you guys! You make my commute bearable one day a week!

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