The “Generous” Pastor and His Expensive Car

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

Pastor John Gray, after denouncing “pulpit pimps,” gave his wife a $200,000 car. (0:30)

— There’s a financial scam that the Catholic Church says it has nothing to do with. How can anyone tell which one’s the scam? (6:59)

— A bishop said women who are sexually assaulted probably did something to deserve it. (10:15)

— The Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran decision is the basis for two conflicting legal battles. (14:30)

–Southern Baptists finally acknowledged their racist past. What about their bigoted present? (23:05)

— The Trump administration is cracking down on research that uses fetal tissues even if it could help treat HIV. (29:00)

— The child of atheist parents was discriminated against by her school, said a human rights tribunal, but her parents are still jerks. (32:55)

— There are sex advice message boards for abstinence-preaching conservative Christians. (42:52)

— A new poll finds that atheism isn’t a political liability in certain situations. (47:29)

— A Christian author who said atheism and morality didn’t go together was caught having an affair. This is old news (sorry!) but a link about it is here. (53:40)

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The Allegations Against Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

— How seriously should we take the allegations against Neil deGrasse Tyson? (1:14)

— Was a pastor who gave cash back to his congregation being generous? (28:45)

— A Lutheran pastor wants to melt down purity rings and turn them into a golden vagina. (36:45)

— How does a doctorate in End Times theology even work? (42:30)

— A psychic was arrested for scamming a woman out of $12,000.(48:30)

— Was a substitute teacher wrong to tell children Santa isn’t real? (53:28)

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The Christian Missionary Who Walked Into a Death Trap

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

— Who deserves the blame for missionary John Chau‘s death? (1:49)

Celine Dion‘s new gender-neutral clothing line is apparently demonic. (19:04)

— When you say life begins at conception, people are bound to try and use that to their advantage. (24:24)

— Sending prayers after a tragedy decreases the amount you give to victims, according to a new study. (28:10)

— An Arkansas state senator wants legislators across the country to join his Christian legislator club. (32:05)

— Hijabs should be allowed on the floor of Congress, but the proposed rule change doesn’t go far enough. (36:44)

— Hemant reflects on his FOX News segment. (40:52)

— A Dutch church is conducting non-stop services to protect a family from being deported. (55:23)

— An Australian wedding magazine run by a Christian couple shut down after advertisers fled due to their anti-gay policy. (56:48)

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Andrew Copson, Author of Secularism

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Andrew Copson is the Chief Executive of Humanists UK, formerly known as the British Humanist Association, as well as the current President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He also studied Classics and Ancient and Modern History at the University of Oxford.

He’s the author of a book called Secularism, a primer on the history of the philosophy, what it means today, and how it offers a solution to some of the biggest conflicts in the world.

We spoke about the difference between secular and atheistic nations, the biggest threats to secularism around the world, and why even religious people ought to support a secular society.