Adam Laats, Author of Fundamentalist U.

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Adam Laats is Professor of Education and History (by courtesy) at Binghamton University (State University of New York). He has contributed essays to Education Week, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Washington Post, TIME, and Newsweek. He blogs about education, history, and culture-war angst at I Love You but Youʼre Going to Hell.

He is the author, most recently, of Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education.

I spoke with him about how fundamentalist Christian colleges handle dissenting views, whether or not they exist in a bubble, and what faculty members debate behind the scenes.

Why Was Robert Jeffress In Jerusalem?

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Hemant is out of the country right now, but Jessica and her friend Anne got together to discuss the past week in politics and atheism.

They talked about a weird school policy regarding smiling, the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem (and why Robert Jeffress and John Hagee were there), and how Hemant got called out by Ken Ham during his news show.

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Franklin Graham’s Stunning Hypocrisy

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

Franklin Graham says Donald Trump’s affair with Stormy Daniels is “nobody’s business.” That’s not what he said when Bill Clinton was in office. (3:14)

— The Natural History Museum in Jerusalem is covering up an evolution exhibit so they don’t offend ultra-Orthodox Jews. (12:47)

— The 13-year-old “miracle boy” from Alabama, who survived brain trauma, isn’t a miracle at all. (14:52)

— Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson has apologized… kind of. Not really. (20:40)

— The Mormon Church says it’ll cut all ties with the Boy Scouts. (34:12)

— Not everyone was happy with the Met Gala theme: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” (41:54)

— The rally for gay conversion drew tens of people. (51:45)

— Christian schools often censor student journalists, according to a new survey. (56:40)

— We answer listener mail! (1:03:11)

Paige Patterson’s Awful Advice

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Queer Disbelief, a book Hemant edited, is now out on Kindle and in paperback! Go pick up a copy!

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

Paige Patterson, a leader of the Southern Baptists, has horrible advice for abused wives. (0:42)

— The problem with Incels. (17:52)

— A Michigan Catholic school told girls they’d have to wear “Modesty Ponchos” at Prom if they were dressed too sluttily, but they caved after backlash. (31:09)

— We learned about a new fossil that marks a transition between dinosaurs and modern birds. Creationist Ken Ham isn’t buying it. (36:45)

— A Pulse nightclub massacre survivor says he’s no longer gay because of Jesus. (44:44)

Mike Pence takes great “joy” in Michelle Wolf‘s jokes about him. He should’ve read further on in the Bible. (50:10)

— Iowa has banned abortions after 6 weeks… because they want to get sued over this. (55:24)

— The House Chaplain is back on the job after getting booted. (1:02:11)

— Liberty University is the second largest Christian school in the country. But not by their math. (1:03:41)

— Survey featuring “Islamophobia Index” finds Nones are largely supportive of Muslims’ rights. (1:09:10)

Matt Walsh said something dumb on Twitter about man caves. (1:14:03)

— We answer listener mail! (1:22:00)