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The Plight of Conservative Christian Furries

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

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— The abortion referendum in Kansas was a rebuke to the Catholic Church. (2:10)

— Christian furries are worried about being outed… as Christians. (16:15)

— Do we really need a “new kind of atheism”? Not quite. (25:15)

— Democrats want the IRS to investigate non-profit groups that call themselves “churches” to avoid transparency. (43:15)

— The Mormon Church’s “help line” is a weapon to bury allegations of sexual abuse. (50:45)

— Australia’s new Senate leader Sue Lines wants to end the tradition of Christian invocations. (1:07:05)

— The number of atheists in federal prison is almost non-existent. (1:12:15)

The Hypocrisy of an Anti-Gay Republican

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

— Republican Rep. Glenn Thompson voted *against* a bill to protect same-sex weddings… then attended his gay son’s wedding. (1:52)

— Why is Ted Haggard back in the news? (13:07)

— The Church of Scientology wants to enforce religious arbitration clauses in its contracts… against people who left the faith. (26:45)

— Among Gen Z, women are less likely to be religious than men! (40:05)

— With the Supreme Court getting rid of the Lemon Test, a previous church/state separation victory was wiped off the books. (46:15)

— A Kentucky judge temporarily protected abortion access, saying that the state’s anti-abortion laws were “theocratic” and therefore illegal. (1:00:48)

Who’s the Real Hate-Preacher?

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

— A Christian hate-preacher condemned me… for quoting him accurately. (1:05)

— Creationist Michael Peroutka won the GOP primary for Maryland attorney general. (20:21)

— A staffer found illicit pics on a priest’s printer. Then the cover-up began. (28:35)

— “The Transformed Wife” has some bizarre ideas for why teachers may soon quit their jobs. (39:58)

— The ‘Watchman Decree’ is a scary vision of Christian nationalism in action. (43:43)

— A Canadian church was fined $80,000 for obstructing COVID health inspections. (55:45)

Condemning Bigotry Isn’t Christian Persecution

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

— Happy James Webb Telescope Images week for all who celebrate! (0:30)

— How seriously should we take the allegations against right-wing radio host Jesse Lee Peterson? (10:28)

— A Christian writer thinks she’s being persecuted for her faith. Nope. It’s just her bigotry. (27:02)

— A former Texas football star says he was definitely coerced into praying with his coaches despite what the Supreme Court now says. (45:35)

— The Christian hate-group Family Research Council is now technically a “church,” a move that allows it to avoid being transparent about its finances. (55:16)

— A female pastor’s progressive views on LGBTQ people were censored from a book celebrating female pastors. (1:03:52)

— A new bill in Congress would crack down on scammy Christian “health share” ministries. (1:14:38)