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September 2020

The Don’t-Say-The-S-Word Baptist Convention

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

— If you’re a pastor, maybe don’t use your work email to send hateful racist messages based on a hoax. (0:55)

— The Southern Baptist Convention is drifting away from the word “Southern.” (11:45)

— “Evangelicals for Social Action” is getting rid of the first word because it’s too toxic. (19:18)

Scientific American issued its first-ever endorsement for Joe Biden. Will it matter? (22:19)

— Don’t be this mom complaining about a Bible reading in your daughter’s English class. (38:00)

— Democrats can and should reach out to non-religious voters. (51:00)

— A Republican state senator who participated in a protest against climate change just lost his home due to the wildfires. (56:11)

— A California church will finally stop its indoor services. It just took a fine of $112,750. (1:00:16)

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A Christian Hate-Preacher Was Banned on YouTube

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

— Christian hate-pastor Steven Anderson no longer has his YouTube channels. I may have had something to do with that… (0:48)

Pastor John MacArthur‘s church has been shut down by a judge for violating COVID rules. (13:16)

— A Hobby Lobby store urged people to vote for Trump. Now there’s a call for a boycott. (17:33)

Donald Trump released a new Supreme Court shortlist, but will anyone care? (19:32)

— A South Carolina school district lost a major church/state legal battle… but doesn’t want to accept the settlement. (28:45)

Socialists hate the Bible, according to a Christian pollster who oversimplifies everything. (32:44)

— Queensland, Australia will make priests report child abuse even if they learn about it during confession. (37:54)

Michael Cohen admitted there was a link between the Falwells’ racy photos and his endorsement of Trump. (47:09)

— A Ukrainian Orthodox Church leader who blamed COVID on gay marriage… has COVID. (55:01)

— A Brazilian gospel singer is involved in a murder case… and it gets even weirder after that. (56:38)

— Trump wants “patriotic education” in schools. But his version of that is pure indoctrination. (1:01:39)

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BONUS: Interview with Seth Andrews, Author of “Confessions of a Former FOX News Christian”

You know Seth Andrews as the host of The Thinking Atheist podcast and his YouTube videos. And if you’ve listened to him before, you may also know that he’s a former evangelical Christian, the kind who lived in the right-wing bubble, idolizing Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and FOX News. So what caused that shift?

That’s the focus of Seth’s new book, Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian.

Hemant and Seth spoke about how Seth left the evangelical bubble, what it takes to question your core beliefs, and why the FOX News crowd is so susceptible to fear.

A Lying Pastor Claimed There’s No Pandemic

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

Pastor John MacArthur told his congregation “There is no pandemic.” Yes. There. Is. He misinterpreted scientific data. (0:54)

— Christian Right activist Eric Metaxas sucker punched a protester after Trump’s RNC speech. (10:45)

— Ark Encounter finally settled its infamous rain damage lawsuit. (14:30)

— Is Liberty University’s investigation into Jerry Falwell, Jr.‘s tenure going to be legitimate? (18:39)

— This Christian radio host says men should avoid smart women because they have emotional needs in bed. (30:20)

— Conservative Christians are complaining about California’s SB 145 because they don’t understand what it does. (36:10)

— Research shows public schools may be discriminating against Muslim and atheist families. (47:41)

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