Kentucky’s Dollar Bill Loophole

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

— A Kentucky school district found a great way to get around the state’s “In God We Trust” law, and it’s already angering state officials. (1:52)

— A candidate for Colorado House says women shouldn’t wear pants. (9:40)

— GOP Rep. Steve King says humanity exists only because of rape and incest. (17:44)

— A Christian pastor, formerly an extremist, is urging Trump to tone down the violent rhetoric. (23:00)

— A FL teacher was suspended after posting a message about how racism was over and Pledge protests were immature. (25:33)

— Never debate Christian pseudo-historian David Barton. His rules are weird. (30:25)

— An Oregon man won’t pay taxes because he’s a Christian who opposes abortion. So there. (35:58)

— Another famous Christian announced he’s no longer a Christian. (39:29)

— The FDA says you shouldn’t drink bleach no matter what this one church says. (47:24)

— The Department of Labor wants to make it legal for faith-based contractors to discriminate on the basis of religion. (51:10)

— White evangelicals are delighted by Donald Trump‘s cruelty heading into 2020… unless he swears. (57:37)

— Check out the film Islam & the Future of Tolerance! Podcast listeners who go to that link and purchase the HD version can use the code “10OFF” to get 10% off the price.

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The Mike Pence Rule Strikes Again in a Sheriff’s Office

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

— In New Zealand, evangelicals have a “trust” problem. (0:36)

Neil deGrasse Tyson‘s thoughtless tweet after last week’s mass shootings. (6:30)

Donald Trump hammed it up for a picture with the baby who’s now an orphan because of Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric. (21:45)

— This Ohio lawmaker blamed the Dayton mass shooting on everything and everyone except guns. (26:59)

Mike Huckabee thinks more Jesus will prevent mass shootings. (29:29)

— A Christian Cross in a Pennsylvania county’s logo isn’t promoting Christianity, a court says. (34:11)

— A Christian sheriff says he was fired for his faith. It’s actually because he wouldn’t train a woman. (39:35)

Mike Pence has some horribly worded post-shooting advice. (46:00)

— Does the Mormon Church deserve to be sued for lying to people? (48:15)

— Most Catholics don’t believe in Eucharist, so why are they Catholic? (54:55)

— Conservatives always offer “thoughts and prayers” in response to guns but never abortion. (1:02:26)

Joe Biden made a Bidenlike gaffe. (1:04:40)

— The Boy Scouts have been sued for acting like the Catholic Church. (1:06:02)

— Wanna do battle in the Times mini-crossword? Bring it.

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From Purity to Apostasy

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

40% of Americans are Creationists. (4:00)

— Answers in Genesis says they get no money from Kentucky taxpayers. That’s a lie. (9:25)

— “Purity Culture” poster boy Joshua Harris says he’s no longer a Christian. (18:45)

— A Greek Orthodox priest has a very strange idea about where gay people come from… (24:44)

— Where did Target’s “Humanist” throw pillow go? (30:10)

— This is awful advice for women whose relationships have fallen apart. (34:52)

Attorney General William Barr is bringing back the death penalty. Does that conflict with his Catholicism? (40:00)

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Atheists Know More About Religion Than Christians

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

— A Pew survey finds that Jews and atheists know more about religion than every kind of Christian. Let’s take the quiz! (0:27, with analysis at 19:08)

— An anti-LGBTQ Republican lawmaker from TN resigned amidst allegations that he was using Grindr to meet men. (25:09)

— The Mormon Church knew about a pedophile but never reported him to authorities. (30:30)

— Iceland has lost a glacier. A freaking glacier. (36:45)

— The congregation revolted after a pastor put up a sign saying “America: Love or Leave It.” (39:59)

— The Tega Cay Police Department in South Carolina put up a Christian monument, then quickly took it down. (42:40)

— The governor of Texas wants you to know Chick-fil-A is safe. (45:58)

— Secular “churches” are struggling to stay relevant. (48:36)

— A woman violently pushed a priest off stage. Was it justified? (55:50) (***Update***: We discussed what the priest said before the woman pushed him. It turns out that is false!)

— Another Alabama candidate for Senate wants to create a theocracy. (58:35)

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