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BYU Is Selling Caffeinated Beverages Now

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

— Hemant and fellow writer Camille Beredjick have been working on a new book about the intersection of LGBTQ rights and atheism. Please support their Kickstarter here! (0:09)

— BYU is finally selling caffeinated soda on campus. This is the most exciting thing EVER, said Mormons… and nobody else. (7:12)

— Journalist Sally Quinn trashed atheists (again) while talking about her new book on spirituality. (13:52)

— Five football players at evangelical Wheaton College face felony charges after allegedly raping another students. (25:44)

— A peewee football team learning how and why to kneel during the National Anthem. (45:17)

— The world is ending on September 23, according to one “Christian numerologist.” (49:01)

— Got money to waste? You can buy Bigfoot Juice or Psychic Vampire Repellent. (52:55)

— Doctors and a judge intervened to save the life of a young Jehovah’s Witness. (58:59)

— Two Christian Right activists think homosexuality is unnatural since kids find it icky. (1:06:28)

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These Guys Can’t Get Vasectomies Now

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

— An Australian minister refused to perform a straight wedding because the couple supported marriage equality. (0:58)

— Evangelical Christians suddenly don’t care about a president’s private morality. I wonder what changed their minds… (8:13)

— It’s harder for some men to get vasectomies because of Catholic hospitals. (24:37)

Josh Duggar’s sisters say they’d be traumatized if they had to sit next to him in court even though they’re on the same side of a privacy lawsuit. (30:15)

— This is how conservatives think school prayer works. (37:04)

Sen. Ted Cruz loves the ladies on Twitter. Spoiler: This segment involves bad dad jokes. (39:43)

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Atheists Are Helping After Hurricane Harvey

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

— Here’s how atheists are helping people in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. (0:38)

— An Illinois library board member was voted out of his seat after his anti-gay comments. (7:55)

— Should atheist groups speak out against Donald Trump’s DACA decision? (13:06)

— Alt-Right leader Steve Bannon says Catholic bishops support DACA only because they need people to fill the pews. The bishops disagree. (23:12)

— Ark Encounter just got its first rebate check, courtesy of Kentucky taxpayers. (26:52)

— Creationist Ken Ham doesn’t know what a light-year is. (31:30)

— A survey found that atheists are less open-minded than religious people. (33:33)

— The new Lord Mayor of Belfast skipped a formal prayer and everyone lost their mind. (37:03)

— The pastor who had to resign from his church after speaking out against racism and white supremacy. (41:30)

— The head of Focus on the Family thinks only Christians can teach kids character. (44:50)

— The Australian postal plebiscite and the woman raised by lesbian parents who claims to be forever scarred because of it. (48:45)

— An Illinois megachurch pastor’s awful sex sermon. (1:00:09)

— Texas churches are suing FEMA to get taxpayer-funded rebuilding grants. (1:09:50)

— Take care of your mental health, everyone. (1:16:45)

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Joel Osteen’s Hurricane Harvey Hypocrisy

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

— Why Pastor Joel Osteen didn’t open his Houston megachurch for people needing shelter during Hurricane Harvey until after he was publicly shamed over it. (0:37)

— The Nashville Statement, an anti-LGBTQ manifesto written by conservative Christians. (The statement is at 17:28; analysis is at 31:32)

— A new survey that shows many Protestants and Catholics don’t understand the basic principles of their faith. (43:21)

— A Matt Walsh tweet that was delightfully mocked by everybody. (56:18)

— People calling it a “miracle” when they see a cross or Virgin Mary statue left standing in the midst of hurricane destruction. (1:01:28)

— Ark Encounter finally (and inadvertently) shared some attendance figures. (1:05:35)

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