Show Notes (Episodes 1-50)

Episode 50 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

Imaginary Friends Show #166: http://imaginaryfriendsshow.com/2014/01/27/ifs-166-youre-absolutely-right/

HEADLINES:

Oklahoma Republican introduces bill to block gay marriage in by outlawing marriagehttp://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/25/oklahoma-republicans-bill-would-block-same-sex-marriage-by-stopping-all-marriages/

This story has crack, HIV, and churchhttp://www.ajc.com/news/news/defendant-in-hiv-trial-found-guilty/ncwb6

Nepalese girls kidnapped by prehistoric nonsense to be compensated: http://www.gulf-times.com/nepal/250/details/377883/ex-kumari-welcomes-pension

Sarah Palin lectures Obama on race for MLK Day: http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-ra-on-mlk-day-tonedeaf-sarah-palin-says-obama-plays-the-race-card-20140120,0,3099194.story#axzz2rPG7wjaO

Senator suggests taxing property: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/01/23/nebraskas-atheist-state-senator-introduces-bill-that-would-force-churches-to-pay-property-taxes

West Virginia snake handling preacher dies from rattlesnake bite:http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/05/30/11956841-snake-handling-preacher-dies-from-rattlesnake-bite-in-west-virginia

ACLU sues LA school district for all kind of Christian bullshit:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/01/23/this-district-just-got-sued-for-teaching-creationism-offering-extra-credit-for-writing-bible-verses-on-tests-more/

Pope releases peace-doves, which get attacked by atheist birds:http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pope-francis-s-peace-doves-attacked-by-birds-at-vatican-1.2511761?cmp=fbtl

Episode 49 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

Cognitive Dissonance; Episode 134: http://dissonancepod.com/?p=702

Rational Talk; Homepage: http://www.therationaltalk.com/

Atheists On Air; Episode 29: http://mythunderstoodalliance.com/029-sexpisode-iv-scathing-atheist-steve-wells-sab/

HEADLINE LINKS:

Nun gives birth after seemingly immaculate conception: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/10581481/Nun-gives-birth-to-baby-named-after-Pope.html

PA state rep makes up some atheists, pretends they support his proposal: http://www.examiner.com/article/atheists-demand-state-representative-apologize

Maldivian President declared law against marital rape “un-islamic” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/17/marital-rape-bill-maldives_n_4611006.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Hindu cult thinks drinking cow piss cures cancer: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2538520/Urine-drinking-Hindu-cult-believes-warm-cup-sunrise-straight-virgin-cow-heals-cancer-followers-queuing-try-it.html

Teen mom and B-list porn star to author Christian parenting book: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/01/17/teen-mom-who-leaked-her-sex-tape-announces-shes-writing-a-christian-parenting-book/

Episode 48 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

Mr. Oz Atheist’s Blog: http://mrozatheist.blogspot.com/

Mr. Oz Atheist on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrOzAtheist

CALENDAR LINKS:

NECSS (Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism) http://necss.org/

QED: https://qedcon.org/

American Atheists’ Annual Convention: http://www.atheists.org/convention2014

Imagine No Religion 4: http://imaginenoreligion.ca/

TAM (The Amazing Meeting) http://www.amazingmeeting.com/

HEADLINES:

Pastor vows to “try atheism for a year”.  Congregants vow to fire his ass:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/07/ryan-bell-donations-atheist_n_4551225.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Alabama teacher rapist repents: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/01/14/teacher-who-raped-one-of-her-students-before-heading-to-jail-says-that-jesus-has-saved-her/

Bill Nye to debate Ken Ham at Creationist Museum:http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/01/02/creation-museum-says-science-guy-bill-nye-will-visit-in-february-to-debate/

Pope Okays Boobs in Church: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/13/pope-tells-moms-its-ok-to-breastfeed-in-church/

Vatican refuses to extradite serial pedophile: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/vatican-polish-prosecutor-we-dont-extradite

Feminism causes AIDS: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/01/14/tennessee-newspaper-op-ed-piece-says-sexual-liberation-leads-to-abortion-broken-homes-and-mens-contempt/

South African pastor tells his congregation to eat grass:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/01/11/south-african-pastor-orders-his-congregation-to-eat-grass-terminates-demonic-pregnancy/

Episode 47 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINK: https://www.facebook.com/center4reason

 HEADLINES:

Christians think atheists are Nazis:
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/12/31/religious-liberty-group-compares-flying-spaghetti-monster-display-in-wisconsin-state-capitol-to-honoring-the-kkk/

Pope shocked by the notion of gay people being allowed to raise kids:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/29/pope-francis-gay-adoption_n_4516304.html

LaBarbera laments tragic Robin Roberts closet incident: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/labarbera-robin-roberts-coming-out-tragedy

Rabbi accidentally cuts off more than the foreskin:http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/12/27/rabbi-sued-after-baby-injured-during-

EPISODE 46 Show Notes:

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EPISODE 45 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

Link to Hemant’s Blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/

Link to Hemant’s Book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Young-Atheists-Survival-Guide/dp/1939221072

Link to InKredulous Podcast: http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/category/podcast/inkredulous-podcast/

Link to Atheist Nomads Podcast: http://www.atheistnomads.com/

HEADLINES:

he Duck Dynasty Guy getting from the Westboro Baptist Church:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/20/westboro-baptist-duck-dynasty_n_4479995.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Judge orders that Mount Soledad cross be removed:http://marksilk.religionnews.com/2013/12/13/why-the-mt-soledad-cross-and-its-like-are-unconstitutional/

Salvation Army volunteer punched for saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/17/kristina-vindiola-punched-happy-holidays_n_4460525.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

Pussy-Riot members released from prison:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/12/20/pussy-riot-rockers-convicted-of-religious-hatred-are-released-from-russian-prison/

Turing pardoned: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/24/world/europe/alan-turing-enigma-code-breaker-and-computer-pioneer-wins-royal-pardon.html

Oklahoma declares “moratorium” on displays at Statehousehttp://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/19/okla-wont-allow-new-requests-for-capitol-monuments-after-satanists-others/

Belgium approves euthanasia for kids: http://www.religionnews.com/2013/12/19/belgium-debates-allowing-gravely-ill-children-right-die/

EPISODE 44 Show Notes:

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Link to Stitcher Award Nomination Page: http://stitcher.promotw.com/

GUESTLINKS:

Link to the InKredulous Podcast: http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/category/podcast/inkredulous-podcast/

Link to Hemant’s Blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/

Link to Hemant’s Book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Young-Atheists-Survival-Guide/dp/1939221072

Link to Secular Student Alliance: http://www.secularstudents.org/

Link to Freedom From Religion Foundation: http://ffrf.org/

Link to Reddit/Atheism: http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/

HEADLINES:

Court sides with Archdiocese in contraception controversy:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/nyregion/new-york-archdiocese-wins-ruling-on-contraception.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&rref=nyregion&hpw=&adxnnlx=1387310059-n3uEUr09A3o8ZSYIdyqc4A

Panspermians looking to debunk Darwin: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2507377/Humans-NOT-come-Earth–sunburn-bad-backs-pain-labour-prove-expert-claims.html

Jesus can say say cracker: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-brad-hirschfield/santa-is-white-really_b_4433624.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003 <<and>> http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/12/13/the-unbearable-whiteness-of-being-megyn-kelly-jon-stewart-skewers-fox-news-caucasian-persuasion/ <<and>> http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/12/12/tabula-reza-foxs-megyn-kelly-insists-jesus-was-a-white-guy-reza-aslan-responds/

Utah judge strikes down anti-polygamy law:http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/14/21903224-federal-judge-strikes-down-key-parts-of-utahs-polygamy-law-in-sister-wives-ruling

EPISODE 43 Show Notes:

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Link to Stitcher Award Nomination Page: http://stitcher.promotw.com/

GUESTLINKS:

http://herdmentalitypodcast.com/

http://www.theskepticsguide.org/

HEADLINES:

Fatwa: Women who swim in the ocean are committing adultery:http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/12/1/-fatwa-women-who-swim-in-the-sea-commit-adultery-should-be-punished <<also>> http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/fatwa-al-azhar-university-cairo-women-swimming-in-sea-adultresses/1/326883.html

Satanist seek to put up monument in Oklahoma courthouse:http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/08/satanists-seek-spot-next-to-ten-commandments-monument-on-steps-oklahoma/

Pope admits he used to work as a bouncer: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/03/pope-i-was-once-a-bar-bouncer/

Gay Catholic School teacher fired for applying for marriage lisence:http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/dec/08/us-catholic-school-fires-gay-teacher-marriage

Rush v. the Holy Triumverate: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/02/rush-limbaugh-vs-the-pope/

EPISODE 42 Show Notes:

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ACLU sues Catholicism for owning hospitals while being heartless pricks:http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/aclu-sues-us-bishops-catholic-hospital-ethics-21074634

Albuquerque church offers refunds if the god you buy is broken:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/11/30/church-offers-a-90-day-money-back-guarantee-to-tithers-if-god-doesnt-reward-them/

FFRF places atheist plaque in Illinois Capitol building:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/12/01/atheist-sign-goes-up-in-illinois-capitol-building/

Kansas town adds “prayer booths” to “call god”: http://topekasnews.com/kansas-town-installs-phone-prayer-booths-residents-can-call-god-whenever-need/

Cardinal Dolan: Catholics were “Out Marketed” on gay marriage:http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/29/catholics-outmarketed-on-gay-marriage-cardinal-dolan-says/

Russian parents jailed after choosing baptism over hospital for post car-crash infant:http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/11/29/baby-dies-after-parents-trade-hospital-for-church-after-crash

Pennsylvania church to attract with Duck Dynasty inspired “camo” service:http://www.christianpost.com/news/penn-church-targets-duck-dynasty-fans-hunters-with-camo-sunday-service-109919/

America removes embassy from Vatican city:http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/27/vatican-knocks-down-controversy-over-u-s-embassy-move/

EPISODE 41 Show Notes:

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Wisconsin judge strikes down parsonage exemption: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/23/federal-judge-in-wisconsin-strikes-law-that-gives-clergy-tax-free-housing/ and http://www.religionnews.com/2013/11/24/a-federal-judges-significant-decision-clergy-tax-free-housing-is-not-constitutional/

Science wins, stupidity loses in Texas Board of Education throwdown: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/22/texas-board-of-education-holds-up-biology-book-over-evolution-debate/

UK Universities allowed to segregate genders during debates: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/10468115/Universities-can-segregate-men-and-women-for-debates.html

Pastor suspended 30 days for officiating at his son’s gay wedding :http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/lively-testimony-in-penalty-phase-of-trial-for-pastor-who-officiated-at-gay-sons-wedding/2013/11/19/f5402942-5146-11e3-a7f0-b790929232e1_story.html

Saudi Man arrested for giving out free hugshttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-man-arrested-for-giving-out-free-hugs-8953720.html

Israeli rabbinical court orders mother to circumcise her sonhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/11/26/jewish-court-tries-to-force-mother-to-circumcise-her-young-son-on-penalty-of-daily-fines/

Christian group plans “Day of Prayer” against porn: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/22/conservative-groups-plan-prayer-vigil-against-pornography/

EPISODE 40 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINK: http://www.skepticule.co.uk/

HEADLINES:

Pope refuses a deal he can’t refuse: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/14/prosecutor-pope-faces-mafia-threat/

Islamic extremists cut off the wrong dude’s head, apologize: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10449815/Al-Qaeda-linked-rebels-apologise-after-cutting-off-head-of-wrong-person.html

Controversy over George W. speaking at “Jews for Jesus” conference:http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2013/nov/14/george-w-bush-speech-messianic-judaism

FoxNews’ panties wrinkled over Bible being labeled as “Fiction” at Costco:http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/11/18/starnes-exclusive-costco-labels-bible-fiction

Illinois Bishop plans gay-marriage exorcism:http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/15/illinois-bishop-plans-gay-marriage-exorcism/

Conan mocks Islamhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/11/19/is-this-conan-obrien-joke-racist/

EPISODE 39 Show Notes:

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STORE LINK: http://www.cafepress.com/scathingatheist

GUEST LINKS: http://therationaltalk.com/

HEADLINES:

Hasidic rabbis rape about half the available little boys: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/11/13/can-this-number-be-credible-jewish-anti-abuse-activists-say-half-of-hasidic-boys-are-raped-by-elders/

Airforce makes “Under God” pledge optional, Texas congressman is livid: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/11/09/texas-congressman-is-on-the-warpath-to-make-atheist-military-cadets-swear-an-oath-containing-so-help-me-god/

Knoxville Preacher busted with illegal snakes: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/11/08/tennessee-wildlife-resources-agency-has-had-it-with-these-mothering-snakes-in-this-mothering-church/

Patriarchy priest resigns because of extramarital affairhttp://www.religionnews.com/2013/11/06/homeschooling-leader-doug-phillips-resigns-amidst-extramarital-relationship-keeps-business/

Pat Robertson wins “Bigot of the Year” awardhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/pat-robertson-bigot-of-the-year_n_4240117.html

Korean Bible Drophttp://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/11/08/bible-drop-christian-group-takes-to-sky-to-sneak-gospel-into-north-korea/

Bus driver refuses to stop praying to captive children, gets fired: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/07/praying-bus-driver-fired_n_4234315.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Fort Worth congregation starts “Church-in-a-pub”: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/12/texas-church-attracts-new-followers-with-beer/

EPISODE 38 Show Notes:

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STORE LINK: http://www.cafepress.com/scathingatheist

GUEST LINK: https://www.facebook.com/nooneaboveu

HEADLINES:

Egyptians arrested for starting atheist Facebook page:http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/84968/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-security-investigates-student-for-forming-at.aspx

25% of Americans believe the Jews killed Jesus: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/01/jews-killed-jesus-adl-survey_n_4191568.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Bill to put “In God We Trust” in every classroom passes PA Education committee:http://www.abc27.com/story/23782955/pa-house-gets-bill-to-post-in-god-we-trust-in-schools

Funniest Female Ever: http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/woman-s-boston-marathon-bombing-costume–what-it-says-about-everyone-205502002.html

Christians give out graphic anti-abortion propaganda at Halloween:http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/03/new-mexico-trick-or-treaters-given-graphic-anti-abortion-propaganda-with-candy/

Man accidentally shot while “hunting bigfoot” with friends:   http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/03/three-men-arrested-after-accidental-shooting-during-bigfoot-hunt/

Hallmark edits Deck the Hall to remove references to butt-sex:http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/31/hallmark-nixes-gay-from-christmas-carol-on-ornament/

Satan Almost Gets Soul at High School Cross Country Race: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/11/05/high-school-runner-drops-out-of-regional-race-after-being-assigned-number-666/

EPISODE 37 Show Notes:

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EVENT LINK:

Tom Flynn Sponsored by the San Antonio Coalition of Reason: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freethinkers-Association-of-Central-Texas/146015608750987?ref=ts&fref=ts

HEADLINES:

No Soup for you: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/10/23/south-carolina-soup-kitchen-director-bans-atheist-volunteers-saying-they-would-be-a-disservice-to-this-community/

Christian sues for right not to work on Sunday:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/10/24/christian-employee-seeks-appeal-for-refusing-to-work-on-sundays/

Pat Robertson and Jesus could have cured Helen Keller: http://www.christianpost.com/news/pat-robertson-tells-mother-i-dont-know-what-youre-doing-wrong-he-can-cure-deafness-107454/

Muslim parents sue for right to shave their retarded daughter’s pubes:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10396170/Taxpayers-foot-350k-legal-bill-for-Muslim-pubic-hair-battle.html

That kid is back on the escalator to heaven: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/10/27/to-be-with-her-father-in-heaven-girl-12-commits-suicide/

Rabbi bans soy because it may cause gay sex:http://www.yourjewishnews.com/2013/10/n29787.html?m=1

EPISODE 36 Show Notes:

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GUESTLINK:

Atheism 101 Podcast: http://atheism101podcast.com/

HEADLINES:

Scientology fraud conviction upheld:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/scientology-fraud-france_n_4108668.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Christianity loses debate and refuses to release tape: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/10/20/after-christian-loses-to-atheist-in-a-debate-the-church-that-sponsored-the-event-wont-release-the-video/

Muslims decide it’s okay for starving Syrians to eat dogs:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24532793

Kuwait gets national gaydar technology: http://www.newsweek.com/kuwait-plans-medical-test-identify-and-ban-gays-569

American Atheists to hold convention in Salt Lake City, no billboard company will rent to them: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/10/18/these-atheist-billboards-were-deemed-too-controversial-for-salt-lake-city-utah/

Tea Party leader proposes class action lawsuit against homosexuality:http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/18/tea-party-leader-proposes-class-action-lawsuit-against-homosexuality/

German Bishop builds palace fit for an Prosperity Gospel preacher:http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/10/catholic-bishop-spends-lavishly-palace

CALENDAR:

Florida Freethought Conference in Orlando: http://floridahumanist.org/freethought-conference/

Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, Australia: http://fodi.sydneyoperahouse.com/

Carl Sagan Day Conference: http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/MessageViewer?em_id=42122.0

The 6th annual Skepticon in Springfield, Illinois: http://skepticon.org/

The Orszagos Szkeptikus Konferencia in Szekesfehervar, Hungary: http://telapo.datatrans.hu/szkeptikus/2013/index.htm

The Australian Skeptics’ National Convention in Canberra: http://nationalskepticsconvention.org/

EPISODE 35 Show Notes:

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GUESTLINKS:

Thomas and the Bible: http://www.thomasandthebible.com/

Thomas’ other podcast, F This Podcast: http://www.fthispodcast.com/

Cams World (Science in Sport) Podcast: http://camsworldde.libsyn.com/

HEADLINES:

Scalia says atheism “favors the devil’s desires”:http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/07/scalia-says-satan-is-a-real-person/

Rabbis planned to kidnap husbands and force divorces:http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/10/rabbis-plotted-to-kidnap-husbands-force-divorces-fbi-says/

Hindu man sacrifices 8 month old to god:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/10/12/hindu-man-brutally-murders-8-month-old-son-as-a-sacrifice-to-goddess-kali/

Vatican misspells Jesus: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/10/vatican-jesus-medal_n_4080403.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Kosher phones block emergency numbers for sexual assault victims:http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4431017,00.html

EPISODE 34 Show Notes:

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Hobby Lobby reluctantly agrees to carry Jewish holiday stuff:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/hobby-lobby-jewish-holiday_n_4046481.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Pedophile expert declares Protestants worse than Catholicshttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/unreasonablefaith/2013/10/tchividjian-protestants-worse-than-catholics/

Muslim Clerics warn women who drive will damage their ovaries and have mutant babies:http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/09/29/top-saudi-cleric-says-women-who-drive-risk-damaging-their-ovaries/

Obama’s Muslims agenda gone too far – Klayman calls for military coup: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/klayman-sets-date-revolution-end-obamas-reign-terror

Chicago restaurant offers “Communion Burger”, Catholics lose their shit:http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/03/is-the-communion-burger-in-poor-taste/

Jesus and Mo T-shirts censored at LSE: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/10/06/wearing-jesus-mo-shirts-doesnt-mean-youre-discriminating-against-christians-and-muslims/

Punk Band shoots porn video on lawn of Westboro Baptist Church:https://www.facebook.com/getshotkicksass/posts/519319074820814

EPISODE 33 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

C-Webb’s Sunday School: http://cwebbssundayschool.com/

Thomas and the Bible: http://www.thomasandthebible.com/

EVENT LINK:

Atheist Meet and Mingle in Vegas: https://www.facebook.com/events/157814217717033/

HEADLINES:

Kansas Christian group sues to remove evolution from curriculum on the grounds that it is a religious belief: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/27/kansas-evolution-lawsuit_n_4005717.html

UK Politician calls for the death of Sudanese Apostatehttp://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2013/09/28/statement-on-the-takfir-campaign-against-activist-nahla-mahmoud/

Russian court bans the Koran for being extremist: http://freethinker.co.uk/2013/09/27/russian-court-rules-that-a-translation-of-the-koran-is-extremist-and-orders-its-destruction/

Sri Lankan exorcist kills cat, self: http://www.nst.com.my/latest/sri-lankan-man-dies-in-failed-exorcism-ritual-1.350008

Alabama town fights crime with Jesus: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/09/using-christianity-to-fight-crime/280038/

Saudi Arabia is not a good place to get raped: http://freethinker.co.uk/2013/09/27/rape-victims-lashes-increased-because-her-lawyer-publicised-her-barbaric-sentence/

EPISODE 32 Show Notes:

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HEADLINES:

One third of Americans believe prayer can cure mental illness:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/21/prayer-heal-mental-illness_n_3963949.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Texas School Board trying to get more creationism in the school books: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/09/texas_science_textbooks_creationists_try_to_remove_evolution_from_classrooms.html

Pennsylvania bus company changes ad policy over lowest-key atheist ad in history:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/09/18/least-offensive-atheist-ad-ever-leads-to-new-advertising-policy-in-pennsylvania-county/

Jews perform the annual chicken-baton sin-absorption ritual:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/09/17/rabbi-is-embarrassed-by-religious-jews-using-swinging-chickens-as-sin-absorbers/

Man sentenced to 10 months for vicious bacon attack:http://freethinker.co.uk/2013/09/18/mosque-attacked-with-bacon-scottish-man-receives-a-10-month-jail-sentence-for-offending-muslims/

Denver is the new Sodom: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kevin-swanson-blames-colorado-floods-decadent-homosexual-activity-marijuana-and-abortion-rig and also… http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/18209-decadent-homosexual-activity-marijuana-and-abortion-caused-colorado-floods-talk-radio-minister-charges-denying-global-warming

German churches to offer “erotic” sermons:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/20/german-churches-erotic-sermons-sexuality-gay_n_3956958.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

CALENDAR

“Carolina Secular Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina http://www.carolinassecularconference.org/

Sacramento’s 12th annual Freethought Day http://freethoughtday.org/

“Sexy Secular” Conference in Akron, Ohio http://sexysecularconference.com/

Kentucky Freethought Convention http://www.kyfreethoughtconvention.com/

“Reason in the Rock” in Little Rock, Arkansas http://reasonintherock.org/

10/26 Skeptic’s Congress in the Netherlands: http://www.skepsis.nl/congres2013.html

EPISODE 31 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

The Week in Doubt Podcast

Noah on the Imaginary Friends Show

HEADLINES:

New Rationale for Pedophilia: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/gay-issues/ex-pastor-brent-girouex-allegedly-had-sex-boys-help-them-homosexual-urges#

Jews find more jew gold: http://www.religionnews.com/2013/09/10/ancient-treasure-trove-uncovered-near-temple-mount/

Majority of world’s holy water found to contain fecal matter: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/09/14/most-holy-water-found-to-contain-not-so-holy-shit/

Priest Can’t Perform Wedding With Visible Erection: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/09/10/pastor-refuses-to-marry-couple-an-hour-before-ceremony-because-brides-dress-is-too-sexy/

Anti Porn MP resigns after getting caught watching porn: http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-202_162-20052796.html

EPISODE 30 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

Noah interviewed on A Matter of Doubt: (Correct episode number this time) http://www.amatterofdoubt.com/podcasts/ep-56-noah-lugeons-the-scathing-atheist/

Noah in panel discussion on CWebb’s Sunday School: http://cwebbssundayschool.com/bonus-the-end-is-near-or-is-it/

Herd Mentality Podcast’s Homepage: http://www.herdmentalitypodcast.com/

HEADLINES:

Vatican withdraws Dominican ambassador quick before he has to face charges of child sex abuse: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/catholic-church-relieves-its-ambassador-in-dominican-republic-amid-official-investigation/2013/09/04/8dd3e8e0-15c6-11e3-961c-f22d3aaf19ab_story.html

4 Bangladeshi Bloggers indicted for being atheist bloggers:http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/bangladesh-court-indicts-4-bloggers-for-allegedly-posting-derogatory-comments-about-islam/2013/09/08/8b05423c-1876-11e3-80ac-96205cacb45a_story.html?

Pat Robertson accused of fraud: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/sep/05/mission-congo-pat-robertson-aid-rwanda

Tampa Islamic group wants kids released early once a week to pray:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/09/06/islamic-society-of-tampa-bay-area-wants-schools-to-let-muslim-students-leave-class-hours-early-every-week/

Black Pastor apologized for insisting that only white people should greet parishioners:http://www.christianpost.com/news/im-sorry-pastor-begs-diverse-congregations-forgiveness-for-only-white-people-email-on-sunday-104106/

New Alternative to Boy Scouts for queer-hatin’ rednecks:http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-values-based-alternative-to-boy-scouts-launched-104009/

Curse-carrying coconut arrested in the Maldives:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/09/06/a-coconut-is-messing-up-this-countrys-elections/

EPISODE 29 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

Be Secularhttp://besecular.com/

Mike’s Photography Site: http://mikedunlapphotography.com/

Noah interviewed on A Matter of Doubt: http://www.amatterofdoubt.com/?p=628

HEADLINES:

Pope “updates” the law: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/10174076/Pope-Francis-toughens-up-Vatican-laws-on-child-sex-abuse.html

Christians try to tie Syrian conflict to biblical prophecy: http://www.religionnews.com/2013/08/27/commentary-keep-doomsday-religion-out-of-the-syrian-conflict/

Orthodox Jews demand beard-friendly gasmasks: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/beard-friendly-bardas-gas_n_3831273.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Frothing idiot warns that lesbians will trick gay men into being subservient underclass: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/center-marriage-policy-worries-lesbians-will-trick-gay-men-fathering-their-children-and-beco

Massachusetts court to hear challenge against pledge of allegiance: http://www.religionnews.com/2013/08/30/mass-supreme-court-to-hear-challenge-to-pledge-of-allegiance/

Alabama republicans file for preemptive strike in the “war on prayer”: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/08/29/alabama-house-republicans-launch-completely-unnecessary-petition-against-fictional-war-on-prayer/

Christians at South African Sex Expo “If Jesus was alive, he’d be here too” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/28/salvation-army-sexpo_n_3829911.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

EPISODE 28 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINK:

Mike Dunlap Photography: http://mikedunlapphotography.com/

HEADLINES:

Pope criminalizes the reporting of sex crimes: http://www.newslo.com/pope-criminalizes-the-reporting-of-sex-crimes/

Measles outbreak at anti-vaccination church:http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/08/theres_a_measles_outbreak_at_v.php

Atheist parolee sent back to prison for complaining about the religiosity of Narc Anon:http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/23/appeals-court-calif-atheist-parolee-entitled-to-compensation-for-constitutional/

Christians go apeshit over Islam display in a local school:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/wp/2013/08/22/kansas-school-surrenders-to-ignorance-removes-islam-display/

Indonesian school proposes virginity test: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/aug/21/virginity-tests-female-students-indonesia

EPISODE 27 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINK:

http://www.amatterofdoubt.com/

DIATRIBE:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100230985/how-atheists-became-the-most-colossally-smug-and-annoying-people-on-the-planet/

HEADLINES:

Fundamentalist preacher encourages HIV patients to forget medicine and try god instead: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23729684

Two men found not guilty for preaching at DMV line: http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/8733472617.html

Fox News becomes gay: http://www.goddiscussion.com/113925/conservative-group-says-fox-news-has-become-too-gay-bible-thumpers-should-switch-channels/

Obama to use atheist military against Christians: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/klingenschmitt-obama-creating-atheist-military-attack-christians

New Reality show to feature “Snake Handling Christians”: http://www.religionnews.com/2013/08/14/a-reality-tv-show-about-snake-handlers-to-debut-in-september/

Creationist argues dragons must have been real; they’re in the bible: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/15/creationist-darek-isaacs-dragons-biblical-times_n_3762395.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

Al-Qaeda Thought to have developed “breast bombs”: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breast-implants-suicide-bomb-threat-2172911

EPISODE 26 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINK:

Autistic Jesus Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AutisticJesus

DIATRIBE:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/08/new-meta-analysis-checks-the-correlation-between-intelligence-and-faith/

HEADLINES:

Obama administration files amicus brief supporting prayer at government meetings:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/08/09/obama-administration-backs-legislative-prayer-in-amicus-brief/

Family sails away from the gay, abortion loving US and gets lost.http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/219129631.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y#continue

Tennessee Judge renames baby during custody hearing:http://www.goddiscussion.com/113836/parents-told-by-tn-judge-they-cannot-name-their-baby-messiah/

Raelians work to take back the Swastika:http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/aug/11/ufo-religion-raelians-reclaim-swastika

Kenyan lawyer works to overturn Jesus’ death sentence:http://www.policymic.com/articles/58445/this-kenyan-lawyer-wants-to-sue-italy-and-israel-for-killing-jesus

Man blows up family dog because it had devil in it:http://www.christianpost.com/news/man-preparing-for-rapture-blows-up-family-dog-because-it-had-the-devil-in-it-101756/

People pray to “weeping tree”; tears turn out to be bug excrement:http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/People-pray-at-tree-outside-St-Johns-Cathedral-in-Fresno-California-say-tree-weeps-Gods-tears

EPISODE 25 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

Filthy Monkey Man: Mechy from the Autistic Jesus Facebook Page

HEADLINES:

Who is the Pope to judge gay people? http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/29/pope-francis-on-gays-who-am-i-to-judge/ (And the backlash “he didn’t mean it” stuff)http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/31/bishop-pope-was-on-a-high-during-gay-remarks/ &http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/07/31/catholic-leaders-the-pope-still-thinks-sexually-active-gay-people-are-going-to-hell/

Newly released documents show 1 priest molested over 100 boys in LA Archdiocese:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/31/sex-abuse-church-revealed-secret-files-los-angeles_n_3684329.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Barney Frank admits to being a godless pothead:http://www.examiner.com/article/liberated-barney-frank-admits-to-being-a-pot-smoking-atheist

Crazy Person: Immigration Reform Bill is harbinger of the end times:http://tfninsider.org/2013/08/04/texas-eagle-forum-president-immigration-reform-will-bring-the-end-times/

Failing to pray in school causes AIDS:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/30/kentucky-school-prayer-petition_n_3676932.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Four trillionth piece of Jesus cross “found” in Turkey:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/jesus-cross-found-archaeology_n_3691938.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

EPISODE 24 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

http://dissonancepod.com/?cat=700

https://www.facebook.com/CraftyHeathens

HEADLINES:

North Carolina set to become 7th state to pass “Anti-Shariah” bill:http://www.religionnews.com/2013/07/26/nc-muslims-hope-gov-pat-mccrory-vetoes-anti-shariah-bill/

Alabama agency prays for forgiveness for abortion and gay marriage:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/alabama-prayer-gay-marriage_n_3651756.html

FFRF tries to stop Alabama school prayer caravan:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/07/26/alabama-public-school-district-plans-prayer-caravan-to-bless-schools-for-the-upcoming-year/

New Hampshire Mother banned from screaming about Jesus on school steps:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/26/lizarda-urena-prayer_n_3660904.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Rabbi arrested for multiple counts of impersonating a police officer:http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/new-york-news/larchmont-temple-stands-rabbi-despite-arrest

Hawaiian pot-pastor seeks 1st Amendment protection for getting shit-faced:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/20/us/marijuana-infused-faith-challenges-the-definition-of-religion.html?ref=religionandbelief&_r=0

EPISODE 23 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

Crafty Heathens Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CraftyHeathens

HEADLINES:

Catholic Church fighting child abuse bill in California:http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/17/catholic-church-private-schools-lobby-against-california-childhood-sex-abuse/

Louisiana Senator proposes bill to protect religious groups that receive federal funding:https://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/prayer-posturing-la-officials-seek-taxpayer-support-for-religious-program

Satanic church holds same-sex ceremony at Fred Phelps’ mom’s grave:http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/28311/The-Satanic-Temple-Performs-Same-Sex-Ceremony-At-Westboro-Baptist-Church-Leaders-Family-Gravesite

Kirk Cameron’s movie blocked on Facebookhttp://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/facebook-blocks-kirk-camerons-new-movie.html &http://www.examiner.com/article/facebook-apologizes-to-kirk-cameron-for-blocking-new-movie

Pope offers indulgences for following him on Twitter:http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/17/sorry-you-cant-get-out-of-hell-by-retweeting-the-pope/

Kosher lube opens orthodox jews to oral sex?http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/shortcuts/2013/jul/17/kosher-lube-oral-sex-jews-lubricant

CALENDAR:

Great Lakes Atheist Convention: http://lanyrd.com/2013/great-lakes-atheist-convention/

15th European Skeptics’ Congress in Stockholm: http://euroscepticscon.org/

Atheist Alliance of America’s National Convention in Boston: http://www.aaaboston2013.com/

Skeptical Track at Dragon Conhttp://www.skeptrack.org/

EPISODE 22 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

Atheist Alliance of America Boston Convention Link: http://www.aaaboston2013.com/

HEADLINES:

Study shows that nonbelievers are as diverse in personality as any other group:http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/02/atheism-study-authors-congratulations-non-believers-youre-just-like-everybody-else/

Ball State hires creationist professorhttp://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/09/ball-state-comes-under-scrutiny-for-hiring-professor-who-wrote-book-on/

UN probes Vatican child abuse scandalhttp://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/07/10/uk-vatican-abuse-un-idUKBRE9690LK20130710

Senate may lift House of Worship ban on FEMA: http://www.christianpost.com/news/us-senate-may-take-up-bill-to-lift-fema-ban-on-aid-to-churches-100094/

Idiots pissed about beer commercial not paying homage to god:http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2013/07/samuel-adams-defends-ad-omitting-god-reference/

 

EPISODE 21 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

 http://www.thankgodimatheist.com/

HEADLINES:

John Paul II (to be) declared a sainthttp://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/05/late-pope-john-paul-ii-to-get-sainthood-vatican-says/

New survey shows half of Americans think growth in irreligion is a “bad” thing: http://www.pewforum.org/growth-of-the-nonreligious-many-say-trend-is-bad-for-american-society.aspx

Michigan high school bans pre-game prayers, Fox News gets panties in a wad over it: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/02/michigan-football-prayer_n_3535414.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Yoga declared non-religious, ok for California school:http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/02/us-usa-yoga-california-idUSBRE96016Y20130702

Pastor “arrested” in UK for calling homosexuality a sin:http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/7921672394.html

Pastor claims sexual abuse was intended to cure victim’s migraines:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/07/05/pastor-claims-he-was-curing-a-boys-headaches-by-sexually-forcing-himself-on-him/

EPISODE 20 Show Notes:

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HEADLINES:

Supreme Court Decision on DOMA and bigoted reactions from churches:http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/26/religious-reactions-to-scotus-decisions/ &http://wordnews.org/2013/06/26/reactions-from-christian-organizations-swift-to-supreme-courts-overturning-of-doma/

Catholic Priest: It’s okay for gay men to marry lesbians:http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/428951/catholic-church-has-no-problem-with-marriage-between-gay-man-lesbian & Catholic Priest Suggests that in the wake of DOMA they should drop the word “marriage” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/marriage-holy-matrimony_n_3517019.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Atheist Bench Unveiled in Starke, FL: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/atheists-unveil-monument-nonbelief-god-article-1.1386919 &http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/06/29/american-atheists-unveils-godless-monument-in-front-of-florida-courthouse-and-announces-many-more/

Milwaukee Archdiocese releases sexual abuse files:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/milwaukee-priest-sex-abuse-records_n_3527980.html

New Survey: 50% of Americans find atheists “threatening”:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/06/26/new-survey-50-of-americans-find-atheism-threatening/

Anglican Priest finds bracelet, tries to sell it to owners:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/reverend-bracelet-terry-mcauliffe_n_3503644.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Christian Outreach focused on Strip Clubs and Porn Conventions:http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-outreach-into-strip-clubs-porn-conventions-to-share-love-of-jesus-98899/

OUTRO:

TGIA Archive: http://www.thankgodimatheist.com/podcast/archives.php

EPISODE 19 Show Notes:

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HEADLINES

Poll shows one third of Americans want a theocracyhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/fred-rich/breaking-news-34-of-your-_1_b_3461262.html

Kentucky Creationism Museum unveils zip line attraction, complete w/ State reps: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/06/21/kentucky-state-representatives-visit-the-creation-museum/

Dubai plans Qu’ran based theme park: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/23/quran-theme-park-dubai-religious-pilgrimage

City of Evansville, Indiana approved “30 Crosses” public art exhibit: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2013/jun/20/old167/

Christian group promotes spanking your wife: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/06/19/spanking-for-jesus-inside-the-unholy-world-of-christian-domestic-discipline.html

CALENDAR:

SkepchickCon: http://skepchickcon.com/

The Amazing Meeting (TAM): http://www.amazingmeeting.com/

SSA East: https://secularstudents.org/2013con/columbus

CFI Leadership Conference: http://www.cfileadership.org/

EPISODE 18 Show Notes:

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GUEST LINKS:

Have You Hugged an Atheist Today? Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/HaveYouHuggedAnAtheistToday

Thank God I’m Atheist Website: http://www.thankgodimatheist.com/

Thank God I’m Atheist on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thank-god-im-atheist-podcast/id481105796

Thank God I’m Atheist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TGIAtheist

HEADLINES:

Warner Bros. pushing “Super-Jesus” at the pulpithttp://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/14/superman-coming-to-a-church-near-you/

Pope Francis admits to “gay lobby” in the Vatican: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/11/pope-francis-gay-lobby-exists-inside-vatican/

Lesbian expelled from Christian college for being a lesbian; charged tuition anyway: http://news.yahoo.com/christian-college-expels-lesbian-charges-tuition-233514855.html

Woman being denied citizenship for having non-religious moralshttp://dividedundergod.com/2013/06/14/woman-being-denied-citizenship-because-her-morality-doesnt-come-from-religion/

Quebec bans soccer-players wearing turbans; idiots outraged: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/soccer-ban-on-sikh-turbans-leads-to-backlash-against-quebec/2013/06/14/63f30292-d523-11e2-b3a2-3bf5eb37b9d0_story.html?

Rick Perry signs “Merry Christmas” bill; says “Freedom of religion isn’t freedom from religion.” http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/06/15/gov-rick-perry-religious-freedom-does-not-mean-freedom-from-religion/

EPISODE 17 Show Notes:

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GUESTS LINKS:

Atheist Nomads Website: http://www.atheistnomads.com/

Atheist Nomads on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/atheist-nomads-podcast-mp3/id530050098

HEADLINES:

Pulpit Freedom Sundayhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/06/09/today-is-pulpit-freedom-sunday-when-christian-pastors-dare-the-irs-to-revoke-their-tax-exemption/

Atheists give satan a place to rest his cloven feethttp://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/7/atheists-set-unveil-first-public-monument-florida-/

Douche-bag valedictorian delivers prayer for speech: http://www.christianpost.com/news/interview-valedictorian-roy-costner-iv-on-ripping-up-his-approved-speech-reciting-lords-prayer-97552/

House Armed Services Committee kills humanist chaplaincy bill: http://www.goddiscussion.com/110407/house-armed-services-committee-kills-humanist-chaplain-amendment-for-military-service-members-by-a-vote-of-43-18/

Pastor seeks one million porn-free men: http://www.christianpost.com/news/so-baptist-convention-2013-one-million-men-porn-free-among-featured-programs-at-annual-meeting-97526/

Former Catholic student breaks into school to videotape herself masturbating with a crucifixhttp://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/07/nebraska-catholic-school-praying-after-former-student-masturbates-with-crucifix/

EPISODE 16 Show Notes:

 Partial Transcript

HEADLINES:

Could religious fundamentalism be treated as a mental illness?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/kathleen-taylor-religious-fundamentalism-mental-illness_n_3365896.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

Ark Park having trouble: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/noahs-ark-theme-park_n_3367579.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Baptists plan exodus from Boy Scouts: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/31/southern-baptists-to-urge-churches-and-members-to-cut-boy-scout-ties/

Shifty payouts for religion by state of Ohio: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130601/NEWS/306010059/Ohio-may-OK-public-school-religion-credits?gcheck=1

Oldest Vegas Catholic school to close permanently: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/may/30/citys-oldest-catholic-school-falls-victim-low-enro/#axzz2UqCW1wru

Man exorcised by Pope still possessed by demonshttp://www.newsmax.com/edwardpentin/pope-excorcism-possessed-angel/2013/05/29/id/506975

Mother offers daughter $1000 to stay a virgin: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/06/05/christian-mother-to-daughter-if-you-remain-abstinent-until-youre-20-ill-give-you-1000/

Leviticus Song on You-Tube: http://youtu.be/WPp6ZHUmQbk

EPISODE 15 Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Diatribe:

Atheist Community raises money for Wolf Blitzer’s surprise Oklahoma atheisthttp://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/24/has-the-oklahoma-atheist-been-saved/

And Proof that Wolf is really that stupidhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVC28oemocA

Headlines:

Pope Decides Atheists Can Go to Heavenhttp://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/23/heaven-for-atheists-pope-sparks-debate/

Atheist Prayer Not Good Enough For Arizona Lawmaker: http://news.yahoo.com/arizona-house-non-prayer-sparks-christian-213521848.html

Texas mounts preemptive strike in the War on Christmashttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/05/24/texas-set-to-pass-bill-protecting-the-phrase-merry-christmas-from-well-no-one-really/

Chris Christie Wants to Funnel Millions in Taxpayer Dollars to Seminarieshttps://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/paying-for-praying-nj-governor-seeks-to-award-taxpayer-millions-to

Iowa deregulates home-schooling: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/05/27/new-legislation-will-allow-iowas-homeschooling-parents-to-not-teach-their-children/

Church of England to Allow Women Bishops in 2015: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/24/us-britain-church-bishops-idUSBRE94N0RV20130524

Madrid calls for exorcist reinforcements: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/24/exorcists-wanted-madrid-catholic-church-says-it-needs-trained-priests_n_3332416.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

The Holy Babble Supplement:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v2/n2/caring-for-the-animals

Outro:

Angry Atheist Website: http://angryatheist.info/

ReapSow Radio Website: http://www.reapsowradio.com/

EPISODE 14 Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Headlines:

Texas doubles down on Jesus-flavored sex edhttp://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20130314-editorial-texas-lawmakers-push-social-agenda-as-teen-pregnancy-problem-grows.ece & ftp://ftp.legis.state.tx.us/bills/83R/billtext/html/senate_bills/SB00300_SB00399/SB00310I.htm

Dispute about bibles in state-owned cabins in Georgiahttp://news.yahoo.com/georgia-governor-engaged-bible-dispute-125757816.html & http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/05/18/atheist-literature-is-about-to-be-distributed-in-georgia-state-parks/

Saudi Arabia’s Top Cleric declares Twitter may cause damnationhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/18/twitter-saudi-arabia-damn_n_3294209.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

Evangelical Malaysian Church embezzles $40 million to fund unpopular pop artisthttp://freethinker.co.uk/2013/05/19/evangelical-church-leaders-accused-of-embezzling-millions-to-boost-unpopular-pop-personalitys-career/

Orthodox Jewish school bans “hipster glasses”: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/brooklyn-orthodox-jewish-school-bans-hip-glasses

Supreme Court to hear case of “non-denominational” prayers at town board meetinghttp://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/20/high-court-to-review-church-state-dispute-over-public-prayers/

Christian college requires girls to dress appropriately before exiting in case of firehttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/05/17/this-school-has-the-worst-fire-safety-policy-youve-ever-seen/

Calendar:

SkeptiCal Conference: http://www.skepticalcon.com/

SSA West: https://www.secularstudents.org/2013con/vegas

Oklahoma Freethought Convention: http://freeok.org/

The Amazing Meeting: TAM Homepage

Additional:

C-Webb’s Sunday School: http://cwebbssundayschool.com/

EPISODE 13 Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Links:

Texas Cheerleaders allowed to raise Biblical banner: http://ffrf.org/news/news-releases/item/17683-official-school-religion-ok%E2%80%99d-by-texas-court

Student faces backlash after alerting FFRF to 10 Commandments displays in classrooms:http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/12/oklahoma-high-school-student-seeks-removal-of-ten-commandment-displays/

Pope names 800 new saints: http://news.yahoo.com/pope-francis-names-800-saints-one-235904106.html

School in Arkansas cancels graduation because atheists won’t let them pray:http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/05/09/arkansas-school-prayer-wrecked-graduation

Controversial Cleric claims that women should not be stoned… should be lashed:http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/qatar/stoning-is-not-shariah-says-qatar-scholar-1.1178703

North Miami Mayoral Candidate claims endorsement from Jesus:http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/05/13/north-miami-mayoral-candidate-says-she-is-endorsed-by-jesus-christ/

EPISODE 12 Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Pentagon warns Christian soldiers that proselytization will be met with court martial:http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/may/06/blog-posting/bloggers-say-pentagon-may-court-martial-christian-/ & http://nation.foxnews.com/religion/2013/05/03/rear-admiral-says-faith-under-attack-military &http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/2569472030.html

Track Team disqualified for making “Religious Gesture” (Officially for “excessive celebration”): http://www.christianpost.com/news/was-relay-team-disqualified-from-state-championships-for-religious-gesture-95251/

3 resign from NJ church in pedophile priest scandal: http://news.yahoo.com/3-resign-nj-church-priest-scandal-161033762.html

Turkish Head of Education Dept. says Atheism is a Form of Autism:http://www.examiner.com/article/all-autistic-kids-are-atheists-and-atheism-is-a-form-of-autism & http://www.timeturk.com/en/2013/04/22/all-autistic-kids-are-atheists.html

Priest who heads top clergy treatment center resigns amid allegations of impropriety:http://www.religionnews.com/2013/05/06/priest-who-heads-top-clergy-treatment-center-accused-of-impropriety/

Calendar:

Imagine No Religion 3: http://inr3.eventbrite.ca/

Women in Secularism Conference: http://www.womeninsecularism.org/

American Humanist Association’s Annual Meeting: http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

British Humanist Association’s Annual Meeting: http://bhaconference.org.uk/

Outro:

Link to Bar Room Atheists on iTunes

EPISODE 11 Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Diatribe: Proof–

Guardian Atheist Page

Headlines:

AHA files lawsuit over bullshit Christian Sermon in Mississippi school:http://www.americanhumanist.org/news/details/2013-04-humanists-file-suit-against-public-school-that-held

Judge defends Church aide’s trial and conviction for child rape conspiracy:http://news.yahoo.com/pa-judge-defends-church-aides-trial-conviction-211500942.html

Kentucky woman ordained a priest despite Roman Catholic Church’s objections: http://news.yahoo.com/kentucky-woman-ordained-priest-defiance-roman-catholic-church-005633378.html

Mormon’s say that Boy Scouts are still just bigoted enough: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/25/mormon-church-leaders-say-welcome-boy-scouts-proposal-to-lift-gay-ban-for-youth/ But many Christian groups say “Not so fast”: http://www.christianpost.com/news/lds-church-criticized-for-endorsing-boy-scouts-proposal-on-accepting-gay-members-94835/

Catholic Hierarchy had “unacceptable delay” in dealing with serial child-rapist: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/24/catholic-hierarchy-priests-clogher Actual report:http://static.rasset.ie/documents/2fm/clogher-report.pdf 

Benny Hinn is a cruel, heartless fuck: http://www.christianpost.com/news/benny-hinn-asks-followers-for-2-5-million-to-get-out-of-debt-94822/

Interview:

More from Darrel Ray: http://www.thegodvirus.net/

Farnsworth Quote:

By the hilarious Jake Farr-Wharton from the Imaginary Friends Show (dot com) Podcast: http://imaginaryfriendsshow.com/

EPISODE 10 Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Headlines:

Pope supports crackdown on US nuns: http://news.yahoo.com/pope-francis-supports-crackdown-us-nuns-150211781.html

SSPX faults Pope for reforms: http://news.yahoo.com/catholic-rebel-group-begins-criticizing-pope-173638858.html

Putin set to sign blasphemy law: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/04/10/176783877/russian-parliament-moves-ahead-on-anti-blasphemy-law

New Zealander fired for being an atheist: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/04/20/new-zealand-teacher-claims-he-was-fired-for-being-an-atheist/

Bombs mixed in with vibrators: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/19/spanish-anarchists-catholics-explosive-vibrators

Group sues church for taking pro-gay stance: http://www.christianpost.com/news/va-supreme-court-rules-against-departing-congregation-in-property-dispute-94328/

Miracle “confirmed” in Colorado Springs: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23012962/vatican-declares-miracle-after-prayers-colorado-springs-nun

Author dubs Oprah “the most dangerous woman on the earth”: http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/3962071903.html

Heath and I get duped into thinking this is a real new story: http://www.larknews.com/archives/217

Calendar:

MAY 3rd: Orange Country Freethought Alliance Conference in Anaheim, CA: http://freethoughtalliance.org/fta/annual-conference/

MAY 5th: Interview an Atheist at Church Day: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/04/18/interview-an-atheist-at-church-day-is-growing/

MAY 9th: 22nd Skeptics Congress in Cologne, Germany: http://www.gwup.org/

MAY 17th Women in Secularism Conference in Washington DC: http://www.womeninsecularism.org/

MAY 17th-19th Imagine No Religion 3 in Kamloops, British Columbia: http://inr3.eventbrite.ca

EPISODE 9 Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Headlines:

California pushes bill to end State tax exemptions for Boy Scouts because of anti-gay, anti-atheist policies:

–          From a real news source: http://news.yahoo.com/calif-tax-bill-seeks-punish-scouts-gay-ban-193252719.html

–          From Xian Newswire: http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/2250071876.html

Pope names 8 advisors to think about talking about thinking about reform: http://news.yahoo.com/pope-taps-cardinals-advise-governing-reform-124612388.html

Clash with religious authorities at the Western Wall because women are wearing the “man shawls” http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/battle-of-the-sexes-at-western-wall/

NY nun admits to stealing $130,000 from churches to pay for her gambling addiction: http://news.yahoo.com/gambling-nun-pleads-guilty-theft-york-churches-224339427.html

Rep. Joe Barton cites the great flood as evidence that global warming is not man made: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/10/rep-joe-barton-biblical-great-flood-shows-climate-change-isnt-man-made/

Bryan Fischer discovers our homofascist plot to make Christians wear badges like ghetto Jews: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/12/bryan-fischer-homofascists-will-treat-christians-like-jews-in-the-holocaust/

Calendar:

 April 25th, stand with the atheist bloggers in Myanmar: http://freethoughtblogs.com/maryamnamazie/2013/04/11/on-25-april-2013-we-stand-with-bangladeshi-bloggers-and-activists/

 Atheist Bloggers Being Arrested: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-arrests-three-atheist-blogger/624678.html

Atheist Bloggers Being Killed: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/64914/World/International/AntiIslamist-blogger-killed-in-Bangladesh.aspx

More on the Story: http://article.wn.com/view/2013/04/06/Bangladesh_Islamists_rally_against_atheist_blogger/#/video

Interview:

 Wit and Zaniness: http://postrapturelooting.net/PRL/

EPISODE 8 Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

HEADLINES:

LEAD STORY: The North Carolina State Religion: http://news.yahoo.com/could-north-carolina-actually-declare-state-religion-130700725.html Follow Up : http://www.goddiscussion.com/108691/north-carolina-house-speaker-kills-bill-that-would-have-allowed-the-state-to-create-a-state-sponsored-religion-in-violation-of-first-amendment-to-the-constitution/

Louisiana state rep proposes a prayer-in-school law: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/04/05/louisiana-state-representative-students-should-learn-freedom-of-religion-by-reciting-the-lords-prayer-every-morning/

Follow Up: School in Jackson Ohio agrees to remove Jesus painting: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/04/03/the-giant-portrait-of-jesus-is-finally-coming-down/

Studies show that 13% of Americans think Obama is the anti-Christ: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_National_ConspiracyTheories_040213.pdf

Stephen Hawking Solves Bible Creation Mystery Proving the Bible Accurate (I shit you not, that’s what the headline says): http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/2911771800.html

Foundation Beyond Belief Announces its 2nd quarter beneficiaries. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/04/03/foundation-beyond-belief-announces-q2-2013-slate-of-charities/

Calendar:

Skepticamp, Essex County, Ma

http://skepticamp.capeannskeptics.com/?page_id=45

South Dakota Conference of Reason

Facebook Page for conference: https://www.facebook.com/events/214700748667522/?fref=ts

Skepticamp, Denver, Co

http://skepticamp.org/wiki/Skepticamp_Denver_2013

Skepticamp, Atlanta, Ga

http://www.atlantaskeptics.com/skepticamp/

Brisbane Atheist Pirate Party

http://www.somewheretothink.com.au/events/pirate-party-australia-brisbane-monthly-meetup-2013-04-30/

Links to George Hrab’s groovy stuff

http://about.me/georgehrab

http://www.geologicpodcast.com/

EPISODE 7 Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Pennsylvania representative proposes law that would force atheist students to sue publicly: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/03/29/pennsylvania-rep-tim-krieger-doesnt-care-if-atheists-get-harassed-by-christians/

Boston College stops students from handing out condoms: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/27/us/boston-college-condoms-dispute/index.html

Anti-gay web resource for Mormon homophobes: http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/8297071798.html

Study warns that children who are “too religious” may be crazy: http://news.yahoo.com/child-too-religious-094552602.html

Atheist shoe company accuses US Post Office of discrimination: http://www.atheistberlin.com/study

Creationist offers $10,000 to anyone who can scientifically “disprove” creationism: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/joseph-mastropaolo-creationist-10000-disprove-genesis_n_2964801.html

Saudi authorities lift ban on women in bikes: http://news.yahoo.com/saudi-religious-police-lift-ban-women-bikes-111923001.html

Calendar:

Reasonfest 3: http://kusoma.org/2013/01/reasonfest-2013/

Secular Summit: http://secular.org/lobbyday2013

Why Tolerate Religion? http://action.centerforinquiry.net/site/Calendar?id=103301&view=Detail

CFI Leadership Conference: http://www.centerforinquiry.net/oncampus/slcla2013

Ask an Atheist Day: http://www.secularstudents.org/askanatheistday

Interview Links: An American Atheist Blog: http://anamericanatheist.org/

EPISODE 6 Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Headlines:

Study finds correlation between religiosity and sucking:

http://www.epjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/EP07398441_c.pdf & http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/03/05/f-religion-economic-growth.html

Puerto Rican officer demoted for being an atheist:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/03/25/1196752/-Puerto-Rico-Police-Department-Action-Condemned-by-the-National-Atheist-Party

Baptist Leaders calling for civil disobedience:

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2013/March/NRB-Christians-May-Have-to-Choose-God-over-Govt/

Mississippi law allows student led prayer in school:

http://djournal.com/view/full_story/21983929/article–Mississippi-gov-signs-bill-for-student-led-school-prayer-?instance=lead_story_left_column

Man sues over exorcism/ass kicking:

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/weird/NATL-Man-Sues-Church-After-Botched-Exorcism-196844971.html

Activists paint rainbow house across from Westboro Baptist Church:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/03/19/nonprofit-paints-rainbow-house-across-from-westboro-baptist-church/

Calendar:

NECSS: http://necss.org/

Northwest Freethought Conference http://www.nwfreethought.org/

Skep Tech: http://www.skep-tech.com/

Interview Links:

Reasonable Doubts Blog: http://freethoughtblogs.com/reasonabledoubts/

Reasonable Doubts You-Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Doubtcast

EPISODE 5 Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Headlines:

Indiana Mega Church Faces Foreclosure: http://www.christianpost.com/news/indianas-largest-megachurch-faces-new-foreclosure-proceedings-90769/#hIvCFyYwoZEoWMwv.99

Colorado Appeals Court upholds law that would divert tax-payer money to religious schools: https://au.org/media/press-releases/appeals-court-upholds-voucher-plan-that-would-fund-religious-schools-in

Christians-only health care in Kentucky http://news.yahoo.com/senate-panel-revives-christian-health-000037587.html & http://news.yahoo.com/ky-bill-save-christian-health-133221588.html

Kentucky bill allows discrimination as long as it’s God’s fault: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/03/10/kentucky-bill-would-allow-discrimination-based-on-sincerely-held-religious-beliefs/

Vatican accused of wire-tapping cardinals: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/01/vatican-wiretap-vatileaks_n_2792956.html?utm_hp_ref=religion

Archbishop of Scotland admits to sexual misconduct and steps down: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/03/world/catholic-church-obrien/index.html?on.cnn=1

Study shows religion in prison might just exacerbate the inmate’s problems: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/national/study+raises+questions+about+religion+deterrent+against/7981683/story.html

American Atheist’s latest billboard campaign

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/03/first-on-cnn-atheists-ratchet-up-rhetoric-use-billboards-to-attack-republican-politicians/

Calendar:

American Atheists 50th Anniversary Convention: http://atheists.org/convention2013/schedule

Additional Resources:

Hemant Mehta’s Friendly Atheist Blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/

Post Rapture Looting Homepage: http://postrapturelooting.net/PRL/

Reasonable Doubts Homepage: http://freethoughtblogs.com/reasonabledoubts

EPISODE 4: Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Headlines:

HR 592 to give federal disaster relief to houses of worship: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h39

De Vries Op-Ed On Why FEMA should give money to churches: http://www.christianpost.com/news/femas-ugly-superstorm-sandy-policy-no-churches-allowed-89755/

Baptist Group fires investigative firm looking into sex-abuse allegations: http://www.christianpost.com/news/us-missions-group-fires-child-sex-abuse-investigators-claims-process-fatally-flawed-90100/

GRACE’s response: http://netgrace.org/wp-content/uploads/GRACE-Response-February-10-2013.pdf

It turns out there is a limit to Tim Tebow’s stupidity: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/21/tim-tebow-pulls-out-of-speaking-at-dallas-church/

Oklahoma Creationism Bill: http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/02/oklahoma-hr1674-science-evolution-climate-change

A horrible bitch sues NYC’s Department of Education for making her vaccinate her kid: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/02/15/catholic-mom-sues-new-york-city-so-she-doesnt-have-to-vaccinate-her-kid/

Fight Over Jesus Picture in Jackson, Ohio:
http://news.yahoo.com/ohio-town-latest-focus-religion-legal-debate-204126487.html

Calendar:

Brisbane Rationalists: http://www.somewheretothink.com.au/events/brisbane-rationalists-2013-03-13/

Central Victorian Atheists: http://www.somewheretothink.com.au/events/central-victorian-atheists-2013-03-20/

Humanist Society of South Australia: http://www.somewheretothink.com.au/events/humanist-society-of-south-australia-monthly-meeting-2013-03-20/

Reclaiming a Secular Australia Tour: http://www.somewheretothink.com.au/events/reclaiming-a-secular-australia-sydney/

Interview:

Eli’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/elibosnick

EPISODE 3: Show Notes:

Partial Transcript

Diatribe:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peggy-drexler/why-kids-and-religion-mix_b_2605554.html

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/31/politics/religion-contraceptive-insurance/

http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/5243771427.html

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/07/catholic-bishops-not-satisfied-with-obamas-contraception-compromise/

Religious school fires teachers who refuse to offer “proof of faith”http://news.yahoo.com/christian-schools-lawsuit-may-test-151358918.html

“The Alabama Religious Freedom Amendment” : http://enewscourier.com/local/x503841979/3-state-lawmakers-support-religious-freedom-bill

Mississippi’s pray whenever the hell you want to law: http://www.wtva.com/mostpopular/story/House-Education-Committee-OKs-school-prayer-bill/EpwW-vzryE6-6O3oYlsbRg.cspx

Arkansas’ guns in church law: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/05/arkansas-to-allow-concealed-guns-in-churches/

Archbishop compares vitriol against Catholic Church to “Pogrom” http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/bishop-slammed-for-comparing-criticism-of-catholic-church-to-pogroms-a-881343.html

Atheist Church in London: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21319945

Calendar

Chicago Skepticamp:

Freethought Festival 2:

NAPCON: Facebook Page

The Skeptics of Oz: Facebook Page

EPISODE 2: Show Notes:

Link to Full Transcript (with Links for additional reading)

DIATRIBE

Global Numbers: http://www.pewforum.org/global-religious-landscape-exec.aspx

National Numbers: http://www.pewforum.org/unaffiliated/nones-on-the-rise.aspx

 HEADLINES

Missouri’s creationism bill: http://ncse.com/news/2013/01/intelligent-design-bill-missouri-0014690

Arizona’s “so help me god” bill: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/01/25/arizona-republicans-propose-bill-that-would-not-allow-atheists-to-graduate-high-school/

Archdiocese of Milwaukee seeking Bankruptcy protection: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/25/archdiocese-of-milwaukee_n_2550425.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Los Angeles diocese covers up molestation: http://www.goddiscussion.com/106609/los-angeles-church-shields-child-molesting-priests-covered-up-incidents/

Monsignor Meth: http://www.goddiscussion.com/106510/alleged-meth-dealing-priest-arrested-in-connecticut-in-drug-ring-bust-liked-sex-in-rectory-according-to-sources/

Nechemya Weberman’s conviction: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/22/new-york-hasidic-leader-gets-103-years-for-abuse/

North Carolina judge’s excessive sentencing: http://news.yahoo.com/did-judge-insert-religious-views-case-supreme-court-163339659.html

Illinois’ 11 story cross: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/01/24/after-lengthy-battle-supreme-court-declines-atheists-case-rules-in-favor-of-illinois-politician-to-give-20000-to-christian-group/

Condoms in the Phillipines: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/01/18/in-the-philippines-the-catholic-church-is-hastening-its-own-demise/

Are you losing your religious freedoms? http://www.christianpost.com/news/most-americans-think-religious-freedom-fast-declining-in-us-88542/

Atheist Census http://www.atheistcensus.com/

CALENDAR

Surfcoast Summer Skepticamp: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/5064686614/eorg

Skepticamp Ottawa: http://www.skepticamp.org/wiki/SkeptiCamp_Ottawa_2013

QED: http://qedcon.org/

22nd Skeptics Congress in Cologne http://www.gwup.org/

Imagine No Religion 3: http://inr3.eventbrite.ca/

British Humanists Association Annual Convention in Leeds: http://bhaconference.org.uk/

EPISODE 1: Show Notes

On January 3rd, the 113th US Congress was sworn in.  This historically diverse congress saw a number of firsts, including the first Buddhist Senator, the first Hindu Senator, and, of course, Arizona’s Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema, the only member of either chamber of congress to list their religious affiliation as “none”.

But if you were thinking of elevating Representative Sinema to a revered position in the atheist movement, not so fast; even as the atheists were sweeping away the shards of broken ceiling, Sinema’s office was responding to descriptions of her religious affiliation with an impossibly condescending statement that read, in part, that she, “believes the terms non-theist, atheist or non-believer are not befitting of her life’s work or personal character.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/atheist-congresswoman-kyrsten-sinema-declines-god-question

But I’d take a thousand shamed faced house-atheists over one Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse.  As the Republican chair of the State Senate Education Committee, he’s filed a bill that would allow school districts to REQUIRE the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of each school day (and I quote) “in order that each student recognize the importance of spiritual development in establishing character and becoming a good citizen.”

Now, I know that the language seems to imply that atheists have no character and aren’t good citizens, but before you brand Senator Kruse a small minded bigot, I should mention that the bill does allow individual students to opt out of the prayer for the small price of getting beaten up and ostracized by zealous Christian classmates… Okay, now brand him a small minded bigot.

His fellow state senators haven’t gone that far, however they’re already backing away from the bill, citing the fact that it is all but dripping with unconstitutionality.  But before we disregard this as a doomed piece of legislation, it’s important to note that a similar law already exists in Florida, though as of this recording, no school has chosen to mandate the prayer.  My guess is that’s because none of Florida’s public schools has a big pile of money in their legal budget that they’re eager to burn through.

It’s also worth noting that this is only the latest in a series of controversial and wrong-headed moves by Kruse.  In his tenure as a State Senator he’s also sponsored a series of bills aimed at allowing creationism back into Indiana’s schools, so I’m quite certain that we’ll be hearing more about State Senator Kruse and his crusade against the enlightenment in the future.

http://christiannews.net/2013/01/08/indiana-state-senator-introduces-legislation-to-allow-recitation-of-lords-prayer-in-schools/

In other despicable bastard news, chronic homophobe Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality (or AFTAH), has released a call to action which offers a succinct 20 point plan on how best to deny homosexuals equal rights in the new year.  AFTAH is classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-gay hate group, but just to make sure they don’t fall off the list anytime soon, they’ve offered a recent press release that encourages fellow Christians to, among other things:

  • Pledge that they will NEVER say or do anything that affirms homosexual, bisexual or gender-confused behavior as acceptable.
  • And finally that Christians stop relying on FOX News to defend the Truth on homosexuality (a point that is followed by a curious accusation that “Bill O’Reilly has pretty much switched sides” which could mean all kinds of things I’m not willing to say directly).
  • Reject what they call the “gay activists’ propaganda” that would have you believe that summarily denying the equality of a group based on the prejudices of bronze age morality qualifies as “hate” or “bigotry”.

To get the full list of Mr. LaBarbera’s bullet points, check out his website or just go to any dirt floor redneck bar in Vinegar Bend, Alabama and mention gay marriage.

http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/972071222.html

In international news, The Roman Catholic Church of Germany has fired the lead investigator in an inquiry they began into their end of the child rape and torture pandemic.  Chief Investigator Christian Pfeiffer was nixed because, as Matthias Kopp, spokesperson of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference told Euronews “the mutual trust is totally broken.”

If the notion that a prerequisite to a good investigation is a mutual trust between the investigator and the child rapists he’s investigating strikes you as insane, that’s because it is.  Pfeiffer accuses the church of trying to censure the report’s findings, noting that even a few months into his investigation the church was trying to take too much control and at one point even demanded pre-publication approval of his findings, a stipulation to which neither Pfeiffer nor any ethical investigator would submit.

Munich’s vicar general Peter Barr brushed aside accusations that the church was censoring the investigation’s findings and stressed their unrelenting desire to continue their investigation into past abuse.  Adding, “Pfft… no, seriously”.

The skeptic in me can’t help but point out, of course, that promising to “investigate” is a long way from promising to release the findings of said investigations, which brings us to a related domestic story:

A California judge is weighing whether to overturn a previous order that would allow the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to black out the names of church higher-ups when it releases thousands of pages of personnel files on priests accused of child molestation.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on the un-redacted portions of this story and will report whatever portion of the truth the Archdiocese decides to let the world know on a future episode.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/09/german-church-sex-abuse-researchers_n_2438410.html?ref=topbar

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/07/judge-ponders-allowing-la-archdiocese-to-black-out-names-church-leaders-in/

In other Vatican news, the Pope’s weekly prayer was interrupted last week by a group of topless protestors.  Four women from a Ukrainian women’s rights organization stripped off their shirts during the prayer to reveal messages like “Shut Up” and “In Gay we Trust” written across their backs and chests.  The protest was meant to call attention to some of Pope Ratzy’s most recent gay-bashing and misogyny, such as recent statements suggesting that Same Sex marriage puts the entire human species at risk.

http://www.goddiscussion.com/106301/popes-prayer-interrupted-by-topless-protesters/

A new report by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (the IHEU) shines a light on worldwide persecution of atheists and nonbelievers.  The first-of-its kind study is titled “Freedom of Thought 2012: A Global Report on Discrimination Against Humanists, Atheists and the Non-Religious”. It cites laws from Algeria to Zambia that deny atheists’ right to exist, curtail their freedoms, revoke their right to citizenship, restrict their right to marry, obstruct their access to public education, prohibit them from holding public office, prevent them from working for the state, criminalize their criticism of religion, and execute them for leaving the religion of their parents.

The report should serve as a call to action for the world politic but more specifically for the atheist community in relatively tolerant nations like the US.  While we no doubt face discrimination against our lack of superstition we should never lose sight of the dire consequences that some atheists face in expressing their beliefs across the globe.

Among the cases cited in the report are those of:

  • Albert Saber of Egypt, who is currently serving a 3 year prison sentence for starting an Atheist Page on Facebook,
  • Alexander Aan, an Indonesian man who was brutally beaten and then sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison for criticizing Islam on Facebook,
  • Phillipos Loizos of Greece who was arrested over a Flying Spaghetti Monster related photoshop that was deemed insulting to a popular local Monk,
  • Noted Indian skeptic Sanal Edamarku who was charged with insulting Catholics by pointing out that a “miraculous weeping statue” was being aided by a leaking pipe, and is currently an international refugee because of it,
  • And Jabeur Mejri of Tunisia who is currently serving a seven year prison sentence for posting Muhammad cartoons on Facebook.

http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2013/01/06/6-outrageous-incidents-of-discrimination-against-nonbelievers-2/#more-7498

And finally, the American Atheists Organization has announced a scholarship for Atheist Activism.  American Atheists will be awarding scholarships to 3 students who demonstrate atheist activism in their communities and schools.

The “Founders’ Scholarships” grant a first-place award of $2,000 and a runner-up award of $1,000 to atheist students, in addition to a $1,000 scholarship for LGBT atheist activism.

For details on how to apply, check out atheist (dot) org or check the show notes on this episode for a handy link.

http://atheists.org/2013scholarship

Louis Giglio was tapped and then scrapped for Obama’s inauguration.  For more information on why the change of heart, check the following link:

http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/01/09/1422021/inaugural-benediction-to-be-delivered-by-anti-gay-pastor/

And of course, if you want to verify that the Christian Answers (dot) net thing was as stupid as we were making it out to be, you can verify that here:

http://christiananswers.net/q-aiia/aiia-slavery.html

And for more info on the conferences mentioned in the Calendar section, you can get more info here:

North Texas Secular Convention: http://www.ntxsecularcon.com/

Reason Rally 2013: http://atheists.org/convention2013

NECSS: http://necss.org/

Free Thought Alliance Conference: http://freethoughtalliance.org/fta/annual-conference/

Women in Secularism Conference: http://www.womeninsecularism.org/

American Humanist Association Conference: http://conference.americanhumanist.org/

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