Southern Baptists Can’t Handle a Vegetarian’s Plea

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

— The rest of Willow Creek church’s leadership resigned over the Bill Hybels scandal. (0:28)

Brock Turner lost his appeal to overturn a sexual assault conviction. (16:14)

— A one-minute video promoting animal rights was too controversial for a Southern Baptist group. (20:40)

— An anti-abortion pamphlet was found inside a box of diapers. (28:30)

— An Atlanta charter school tried to avoid a Pledge of Allegiance controversy… only to get embroiled in a Pledge of Allegiance controversy. (32:25)

— A Tokyo medical school changed test scores to purposely exclude women… for years. (37:28)

— Why are people abandoning religion? Not believing in God isn’t the #1 reason. (42:10)

— Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert is rewriting history and blame atheists for wrecking his Ten Commandments monument. (52:10)

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Broccoli, The Atheists’ New Worst Nightmare

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

— Willow Creek megachurch’s founder Bill Hybels has now been accused of sexually harassing his assistant decades ago, and the lead pastor quit as a result. (2:15)

Jeff Sessions‘ “Religious Freedom Task Force” is just a government program to help conservative Christians discriminate against groups they hate. (18:09)

— Child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church would stop if only seminaries required applicants to abstain from lust or masturbation for a year, says priest. (23:55)

— Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss no longer has his top science job at Arizona State after an investigation found that he groped a woman at a conference. But he’s still on the school’s payroll. (28:58)

— Want to volunteer with Franklin Graham‘s Samaritan’s Purse group to help with California wildfire relief efforts? You need to be anti-gay first. (36:44)

— There can be no compromise between LGBTQ Americans and conservative Christians. (41:59)

— Move over, bananas. Atheists have a new worst nightmare: Broccoli. (50:43)

Pope Francis says the death penalty is never okay. Hallelujah! (55:02)

— A Mormon woman couldn’t get a Temple Recommend because she breastfed her baby in church. (1:04:27)

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Goop Has a Fact-Checker?

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

— 50 years ago, the pope said birth control was immoral. (1:15)

— Did you know Gwyneth Paltrow hired a fact checker for Goop? (9:40)

— This 11-year-old college grad wants to pursue astrophysics so he can prove God’s existence. (19:44)

— Computer models could help us understand the future of religion. (30:25)

— A Republican candidate for office thinks the Founding Fathers put “One Nation Under God” in the Pledge… which wasn’t written until after they all died. (45:35)

— Two South Asian atheists face blasphemy charges in their countries. One’s currently filming a reality show. (56:25)

— This alternative Ten Commandments is incredible. (1:02:20)

— We answer a question about whether or not to show off your shoulders in a very Mormon part of Utah. (1:07:17)

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The Jesus Endorsement Didn’t Help

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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.

— Republicans just passed another bill to repeal the Johnson Amendment. (0:22)

— If you’re running for governor, don’t belittle someone who asks a good question about climate change. (6:35)

— Russian spy Mariia Butina infiltrated the government via the National Prayer Breakfast. (12:25)

— Science denier Jenny McCarthy has solid verifiable proof that a ghost is in her house. There’s even video! (25:45)

— Why a gay Catholic could help end the blood donation ban on gay men. (29:15)

Richard Dawkins doesn’t like the sound of Muslim prayers. Should we be offended? (40:05)

— White evangelicals don’t like that America is becoming less white. (55:26)

— An Alabama county commissioner with the endorsement of Jesus lost her election. (59:20)

Darla Shine, wife of the new Trump administration appointee, thinks women are just asking for harassment if they join the military. (1:02:17)

— House Republicans passed a bill effectively allowing anti-gay discrimination at adoption agencies. (1:04:19)

Ken Ham‘s merry band of Creationists tried explaining the discovery of a new planet, since it violates their beliefs. (1:10:45)

— The Humanist Legal Society, an atheist response to the Federalist Society, just launched. (1:16:04)