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March 2019

This Is What Makes the Catholic Church Angry

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Queer Disbelief, a book Hemant edited, is now out on Kindle and in paperback! Go pick up a copy!

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

— Hemant’s speaking in Florida this weekend! (0:56)

— Jessica got into a Twitter fight with a celebrity (?) over the meaning of “atheist.” (1:38)

— Hemant’s invocation in DuPage County will lead to a vote on the practice. (5:59)

— A high schooler who broke school rules claims she was punished for her religion. (11:40)

— The Diocese of Brooklyn is angrier about Pete Davidson‘s SNL joke than child abuse. (16:51)

Cardinal George Pell will spend only six years in jail for child rape. (23:30)

— A Georgia legislator says she’ll introduce a bill to regulate men’s balls. (28:50)

— Humanist weddings are less likely to end in divorce, according to figures out of Scotland. (34:40)

— Analyzing rape kits actually works. Who knew? (41:20)

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants taxpayers to fund “secular” services by religious groups for schools. (46:26)

Captain Marvel did not sit well with an anti-feminist Christian writer. (49:42)

— Westboro Baptist Church protested against a trans legislator… but there were counter-protesters with kazoos. (55:39)

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Taxpayers Aren’t Funding Churches… Yet

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Queer Disbelief, a book Hemant edited, is now out on Kindle and in paperback! Go pick up a copy!

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

— Donald Trump is signing bibles for victims of the tornado in Alabama. (0:25)

— I’m giving talks next week in Tampa and Orlando! Come on by, people of Florida! (4:14)

— The Supreme Court won’t hear a case involving taxpayers funding church renovations. (5:38)

— A boy has tetanus. A kid has measles. A major study of 650,000 patients found no link between vaccines and autism. Will vaccine deniers ever accept reality? (13:15)

— A college dean resigned from her position (but not the school) after the campus said no to bringing a Chick-fil-A on campus. (26:55)

— Utah is about to make premarital sex legal. Which means it wasn’t legal. (31:08)

— A Christian firefighter is suing his department because they wouldn’t let him grow a beard. (36:20)

— The GOP is confirming anti-church/state separation judges at a rapid rate. (39:36)

— For the second time, a patient was cured of HIV! (43:03)

— Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association are suing the Trump administration for punishing family planning clinics that refer women for abortions. (44:42)

Changing your religion before marriage is the lowest form of religious conversion. (47:20)

— Was it sensible or cowardly for a high school Christian wrestler to forfeit matches to avoid matches with girls? (50:30)

— Did you know drive-thru ashes were a thing on Ash Wednesday? (58:00)

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The Supreme Court and the Giant Christian Cross

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Queer Disbelief, a book Hemant edited, is now out on Kindle and in paperback! Go pick up a copy!

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

— Here’s what happened in the Supreme Court as they discussed the Bladensburg Cross. (1:27)

— The “My Pillow” guy, Mike Lindell, told CPAC Donald Trump was the best president ever because he was “chosen by God.” (12:45)

Cardinal George Pell‘s lawyer tried to get him a more lenient sentence by referring to his actions as “plain vanilla” child rape. (15:36)

— A Missouri bill would ban anonymity for anyone who files a church/state separation lawsuit. (20:00)

— The United Methodist Church just voted for its own extinction by adopting an anti-LGBTQ stance. (26:56)

— Skeptics came up with a clever way to expose psychic mediums. (33:22)

Richard Dawkins is giving away professionally translated versions of his books for free for readers in Muslim-majority nations. (41:22)

Pope Francis had no concrete suggestions for handling child sex abuse at a summit about handling child sex abuse. (44:18)

— Portland (Oregon) now explicitly includes atheists in its non-discrimination ordinance. (46:33)

— With a conservative government, Brazilian lawmakers are resurrecting old bills that promote Christian supremacy. (48:20)

— In Argentina, an 11-year-old girl was forced to give birth to her rapist’s baby. Because that’s what the “pro-lifers” wanted. (51:37)

— A Florida Democrat is skipping the first day of the legislative session so she can hang out with Pat Robertson. (54:06)

— A Kansas lawmaker won’t endorse anti-gay “parody marriage” bill after daughter’s open letter, but he doesn’t go far enough. (56:50)