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Prayers Don’t Prevent School Shootings

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

— Republicans should just admit their prayers to stop school shootings aren’t helping. (1:09)

— A pastor was found with a naked, tied-up man in his car. He swears “on a stack of bibles” that nothing happened. (11:45)

— This racist cartoonist published a cartoon attacking DREAMers. (14:55)

— A Colorado teacher has been charged with abusing and assaulting a student who wouldn’t stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. (19:50)

— Even Omarosa Manigault, a minister, thinks Mike Pence is a crazy Christian. (23:57)

— The Trump administration’s response to the Rob Porter scandal has been disappointing and exactly what you’d expect. (26:55)

— The Tennessee GOP Unleashed an attack on a “radical atheist” running for State Senate. (32:46)

Dennis Prager says evangelicals aren’t hypocrites for backing Donald Trump. Even though they totally are. (39:35)

— A New Mexico city owes the ACLU $700,000 after not taking their advice about a Ten Commandments monument, then losing the court case. (50:54)

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Sarah Levin of the Secular Coalition for America

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Sarah Levin is the Director of Grassroots and Community Programs at the Secular Coalition for America. She has served in various roles at the Secular Coalition since 2013, including as the organization’s chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill and as the State Chapter Coordinator, managing and growing the organization’s state chapter program and implementing various grassroots campaigns on the national and state level.

I spoke with her about the biggest church/state separation concerns facing Americans, what counts as a success in the age of Donald Trump, and how the Secular Coalition for America wants to empower atheists nationwide to get active in state politics.

Eric Trump Thinks We’re All “United on God”

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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.

Eric Trump is mad Democrats didn’t stand up for God during the State of the Union. An atheist lawyer schooled him on why that happened. (0:32)

— Wait for it. Donald Trump says he’s not a feminist. (8:15)

— Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered powerful remarks against religious bigotry. (10:28)

— A Texas legislator wants to ban abortions so women learn to be “more personally responsible.” (15:15)

— A televangelist says we don’t need to get flu shots because Jesus got one for all of us. (21:05)

— What does the chair for the academic study of atheism do? (26:55)

— Are men threatened by intelligent women? (30:35)

— This is how Christian groups trick public schools into handing them fresh meat. (33:05)

Mel Gibson is making a sequel to Passion of the Christ. Because why the hell not. (40:48)

— A gay Mormon who married a woman is getting divorced because (wait for it) he’s still gay. (47:15)

— Why won’t this New Zealand church tell me if they approved an advertisement calling their pastor hot? (57:00)

David Brooks is wrong. Democrats shouldn’t adopt anti-abortion policies to win elections. (59:47)

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Donald Trump’s Evangelical Christian Sex Mulligan

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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.

— A GOP House member got called out on CNN for not knowing what the “Immaculate Conception” was. (4:14)

— The Christian Right is giving Donald Trump a “mulligan” on everything immoral he did before his presidency. (9:44)

— Generation Z, born after 1999, is less religious than any other age group. (22:33)

– Self-hating atheist S.E. Cupp explained why evangelical Christians continue to stand behind Trump. (28:55)

Courtland Sykes wins this week’s award for most misogynistic Republican in the state of Missouri. (36:26)

— Want to alter South Dakota’s state seal? You could have been jailed for it. (42:40)

— The nation was less supportive of LGBTQ people in 2017, compared to the previous year. I wonder what changed… (48:34)

— We have no confirmation yet on whether this church advertisement featuring a “hot” pastor is real. (52:15)

— The judge overseeing the Larry Nassar sentencing was on fire. (56:20)

— The Satanic Temple is using the Religious Right’s legal arguments against them in Missouri. (1:01:33)

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