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The Self-Imploding Anti-Theism Conference

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

— The organizer of an “anti-theism” conference defended sexual harassment in a bizarre rant. (0:40)

Elizabeth Warren needs a better response when it comes to defending the rights of atheists. (14:22)

— One of the most anti-abortion conservatives in the country just got a lifetime appointment to the federal bench due to Republicans. (21:02)

— Ohio Republicans want doctors to reimplant ectopic pregnancies. (25:33)

— This Christian man says no one has it worse in America than Christian men. (29:24)

— New laws in favor of sex abuse victims could cost the Catholic Church over $4 billion. (31:57)

— Three girls from Utah defended their classmate after a teacher insulted his gay dads. (36:40)

— Liberty University just launched a “think tank.” (39:52)

— The U.S. Army is not anti-Christian. (41:59)

— Televangelist Paula White says she can’t abandon Donald Trump now because what would that say about her?! (45:59)

Andrew Seidel, Author of The Founding Myth

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Andrew L. Seidel works as a constitutional attorney at the Freedom from Religion Foundation, litigating cases involving religion and the Constitution. He has appeared on FOX News and MSNBC, speaks and writes extensively about religious freedom.

He’s the author of the new book The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American.

We spoke at the recent FFRF convention about what he learned about Christian Nationalism while researching his book, how church/state separation legal strategy changes with a conservative Supreme Court, and the future of Project Blitz.

Chick-fil-A Infuriated Christians By Helping the Poor

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

— Conservative Christians are angry at Chick-fil-A for helping the poor. (0:38)

— People are very upset about a same-sex couple on a dancing show. (12:35)

— A Christian Right group’s Christmas “Naughty or Nice” list reveals a lot about their priorities. (16:36)

— A Tennessee school district is getting sued over its long long history of preaching to kids. (23:40)

— A Wisconsin church won’t get a $10,000 from a city council because they bragged about converting people with it. (27:59)

— The Dallas Straight Pride Parade was a flop. (31:03)

— A Michigan college nixed the Pledge from student government meetings… then brought it back. (34:00)

Kanye West‘s appearance at Joel Osteen‘s church was underwhelming and ignorant. (37:52)

— The Ohio House passed a bill that allegedly prohibits teachers from punishing students who give a wrong answer if they did it because of religion. (53:10)

— Kansas City just banned conversion therapy! (58:33)

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What Kanye West Should Ask Joel Osteen

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

Kanye West is visiting Joel Osteen‘s megachurch. They should talk about this one issue. (1:20)

Franklin Graham, a Trump cultist with no sense of irony, says God detests lyings lips. (12:29)

— Women are “truly equal” under Trump, says Trump cultist. (15:20)

— Some Christian pregnancy centers are finally offering birth control. (21:48)

— Should science groups list job openings at anti-LGBTQ schools? (26:13)

— A Saudi Arabian ad claimed atheism was a form of extremism. (32:59)

— The U.S. has dropped significantly in global Freedom of Thought rankings. (35:06)

— Don’t visit a chiropractor. This guy learned that the hard way. (43:22)

— An author was canceled from a school appearance because she named Harvey Milk an important activist. (48:55)