Project 2025 and the GOP Platform

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Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— The GOP’s 2024 platform is a dream come true for Christian Nationalists. (2:59)

— A desperate Donald Trump wants to distance himself from Project 2025. Here’s why. (29:12)

— 14 Christians go on trial in Australia after “faith-healing” death of 8-year-old girl. (35:20)

— Texas pastor fined after illegally using church donations to boost his city council campaign. (41:45)

— Canadian megachurch halts services after insurers pull sex abuse coverage. (51:00)

— LifeWise Academy sues Ohio man who posted their entire Bible curriculum online. (58:33)

— Oklahoma Dept. of Education will force teachers to use the Bible in public schools. (1:15:25)

— “God’s Not Dead 5,” a film no one asked for, already has a trailer. (1:31:22)

— Two influential atheist groups are in court battling over one man’s large donations. (1:37:23)

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An Interview with Actress Janie Haddad Tompkins

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Janie and Jess discussed growing up Catholic in the south, the SAG-AFTRA strike, and what to do if someone calls you crazy.

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A Chat with Two Christian Hate-Preachers

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I recently spoke with hate-preachers Jonathan Shelley and Aaron Thompson about all the awful things they’ve said. It was disturbing. It ran very long. I’m still not sure why I did it. But I hope you find it interesting because it’s not often people like this will sit down with someone like me.

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Reporter Bob Smietana and the Southern Baptist Convention

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This week, I spoke with religion reporter Bob Smietana about the Southern Baptist Convention’s recent gathering. We talked about women pastors, IVF, the denomination’s handling of sexual abuse, and so much more.

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