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COVID-19 and Bad Decision-Making

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

— Hemant will be on Jeopardy on Wednesday! (0:20)

— Yes, the government can force churches to close down in the pandemic. (3:48)

— Liberty University is open for business… for some reason. (7:45)

— A Pennsylvania lawmaker proposed a resolution blaming COVID-19 on our sins. (13:30)

— A boy drowned at a low-budget Creation Museum and Kent Hovind doesn’t seem to care. (18:16)

— Is abortion an essential health service during a pandemic? (25:13)

— A Texas lawmaker praised COVID-19 for saving lives by shutting down abortion clinics. (26:45)

— A pastor who said our COVID-19 response was “mass hysteria” died of you know what. (34:49)

— A Louisiana pastor brought in 26 busloads of people for Sunday services. He’s not planning to stop. (38:01)

— An IL church held services on March 15, Now most of the people who attended are sick. (39:45)

— Oklahoma’s governor led a televised Christian prayer rally while Mississippi’s read from the Bible during a livestream. (42:57)

— The White House’s Bible study leader is blaming COVID-19 on gay people and atheists. (54:30)

— A Romanian priest gave communion to people with the same spoon. (57:00)

— A GOP leader in Nebraska said the virus wouldn’t affect them because there aren’t a lot of Chinese people there. (57:38)

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Scamvangelists Still Want Your Cash in a Pandemic

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

— Televangelist Kenneth Copeland wants you to keep tithing even if you’ve lost your job. (1:38)

— Trump adviser Paula White still wants “seed” money from you. (3:38)

— Blaming abortion and gay people for a crisis doesn’t go as far as it used to. (6:50)

Jerry Falwell, Jr. called a parent of three of his Liberty University students a “dummy” for questioning his handling of the virus. (13:04)

— What names comes to mind when you think of atheism? The answers make no sense. (16:08)

— Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum were going to remain open… until they reversed course. (31:32)

— Apparently we’re not allowed to use the “hate group” label during a pandemic. (37:40)

Pope Francis will have an empty Easter celebration. (42:09)

Donald Trump is still very, very, very anti-LGBTQ. (44:40)

— The Museum of the Bible’s Dead Sea Scrolls are all fake. (45:11)

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Christianity Meets the Coronavirus

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

— Toilet paper is not a tool for proselytizing. (2:45)

— Televangelist Jim Bakker finally stopped selling his “Silver Solution,” which his show claimed cured coronavirus in under 12 hours. (6:42)

— An Orthodox Israeli rabbi blamed coronavirus on homosexuality. (14:35)

— Most white evangelicals think Donald Trump is moral, honest, and intelligent. Really. (16:45)

— A message for the Bernie-or-Bust folks. (24:18)

— Florida lawmakers want to let students pray over the loudspeaker before athletic events. (41:58)

— You’re not outsmarting atheists when you wear a Bible shirt. (47:40)

— Pixar’s Onward has been banned in four countries. (55:20)

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Clifford Violates God’s Design, Not the Two Moms

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

— It’s deeply disappointing that Elizabeth Warren is no longer in the presidential race. (0:10)

— Virginia became the first southern state to ban conversion therapy for minors. (0:1013:25)

— Alleged child molester and Christian Roy Moore lost his GOP primary bid for a U.S. Senate seat. (19:55)

— The Christian Moms are mad about how lesbian moms violate God’s design… in a show about a big red dog. (22:22)

— A Christian mom defended hitting her kids by saying it wasn’t abuse. So there. (27:21)

— An upcoming Christian movie suggests atheists would find God if we faced impending death in 20 minutes. (33:54)

— Trump associate Roger Stone says he’s found Jesus. Pardon me? (38:42)

— GOP lawmakers in Oklahoma want to spend over $85,000 of taxpayer money on “In God We Trust” signs. (42:20)

— There will be an openly Humanist candidate for the U.S. House in Texas this November. (44:07)

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