Should Statues of White Jesus Come Down?

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

— An Arizona church lied and claimed it had air filters that blocked out 99% of COVID. (2:30)

— The daughter of a Republican candidate for State House in Michigan says you should not vote for her dad. (10:44)

— Should statues of “white European” Jesus be taken down? (18:40)

— A Republican senator cited J.K. Rowling when voting against an LGBTQ rights bill. (33:38)

— Mississippi wants to replace its racist flag with a religious one. And here’s a Roman Mars video about flags! (36:30)

— A Catholic Church fired a married lesbian because it remembered how Catholicism works. (42:00)

— A couple of anti-maskers in Florida don’t want mandates that get in the way of God’s Wonderful Breathing System. (56:25)

— Five years after Obergefell, the Religious Right’s predictions never came true. (1:00:55)

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A Pastor’s Push for the “White Blessing” of Slavery

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

— A Christian conversion therapy group is shutting down. (3:50)

Pastor Louie Giglio wants to replace the phrase “white privilege” with “white blessing.” He then apologized for suggesting it. (17:40)

— Having more kids is not the way to win the Culture Wars. (35:37)

— Does anyone know what Donald Trump‘s “Religious Freedom Task Force” did? (41:38)

— Trump’s pathetic photo op in front of a church may have cost him support in swing-state Michigan. (48:11)

— The Boy Scouts are offering a merit badge for inclusion. The one for irony can’t be far behind. (51:04)

— This is a horrible way to ask kids about Purgatory in a religious education class. (57:36)

— This lady wants everyone to burn their face masks. Because she’s not smart. (59:20)

The GOP’s 2020 Platform is a Gift to the Christian Right

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

— The Trump administration finalized a rule that allows doctors to deny care to transgender people. (1:14)

— A Christian group leader says America is not racist… because interracial marriages are going up. (11:46)

— The GOP’s 2020 platform is a gift to the Christian Right. (17:55)

— Should a pastor receive any sort of backlash for liking a right-wing blowhard’s tweets? (28:32)

— Former Black staffers at Liberty University are trying to help others leave due to Jerry Falwell, Jr.‘s racism. (47:08)

— Creationist Kent Hovind wants half a billion dollars’ worth of revenge against the U.S. government. (50:11)

— Want to vote early in Tennessee? This secular church is eager to help you. (59:46)

— A Tennessee bill would allow kids to skip an hour of school each day to go to church. (1:04:15)

— An Ohio Republican lawmaker suggested COVID disproportionately affects Black people because they don’t wash their hands. (1:10:00)

Trump’s Church Photo Ops Pleased Nobody

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

Donald Trump‘s photo ops in front of two churches pleased nobody. (1:07)

— Is Trump finally losing some of that white evangelical support? (10:44)

— Southern Baptist churches had their largest membership drop in a century. (18:28)

— Should a high school graduate be denied college acceptance for a racist comment online? (25:49)

— According to the Lt. Governor of Texas, we can’t fix racism without Jesus. (39:53)

Pope Francis condemned the murder of George Floyd. (48:44)

— The Department of Education, under Betsy DeVos, says allowing trans athletes to compete in high school sports could lead to government defunding of those schools. (1:00:33)