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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Church Ejects Blind Woman and Service Dog

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

— What we learned from the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. (1:45)

— A blind woman was kicked out of a Texas church for bringing a service dog with her. (32:23)

— A sham medical group put out an anti-trans statement. Conservatives took the bait. (38:42)

— A Kansas pastor checked out a library’s LGBTQ books so no one could read them. (50:59)

— Christian foster parents sue Vermont after getting rejected for faith-based bigotry. (1:10:30)

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Oklahoma’s Bible Class “Released Time”

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

— After proselytizing at graduation, did a Kentucky student deserve his diploma? (0:21)

— If Oklahoma allows Bible class “released time,” Satanists are ready to pounce. (13:00)

Voucher programs are expanding, propping up religious schools with tax dollars. (32:00)

— Southwest Airlines: We didn’t fire that flight attendant because of her Christianity. (42:44)

— Christian zealot who destroyed Satanic display in Iowa Capitol accepts plea deal. (56:35)

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Christian Missionaries Killed in Haiti

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

— Christian missionaries were killed in Haiti. They never should have been there. (0:40)

— Florida civics teachers are still being indoctrinated with Christian Nationalism. (17:47)

— The Texas GOP’s proposed platform would force the Bible in schools. (31:20)

— Texas found a devious way to get the Bible in front of elementary school students. (49:19)

— Parting words from Geoff Schroeder, the only openly atheist Republican lawmaker in the country. (1:12:57)

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