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The GOP is ‘Operating Like a Religious Cult’

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

— Congressional Freethought Caucus co-chair Rep. Jamie Raskin said the GOP is “operating like a religious cult.” (5:30)

— Canada has granted asylum to the Saudi woman trying to escape her religious parents. (7:41)

— Catholics trust clergy members less than ever before. (14:20)

— The historical phrase “CE” is upsetting British Christians. (17:17)

— States are already pushing for mandatory Bible classes in public high schools. (21:25)

— Liberty Counsel is furious that an anti-lynching bill includes protection for LGBTQ people. (29:05)

Hate-Pastor Donnie Romero has resigned from his church after admitting multiple sins (but he insists he still hates gay people). (33:36)

— The Dutch version of the anti-LGBTQ Nashville Statement has pro-LGBTQ secular competition. (39:10)

Pat Robertson doesn’t understand how internet searches work. (42:42)

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The Senator Who Didn’t Swear an Oath on the Bible

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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.

— The religious makeup of the new Congress and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema‘s oath of office. (1:47)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can dance and conservatives are furious. (25:28)

Rep. Rashida Tlaib told a crowd the Democratic House would ITMFA. (31:30)

— What Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s presidential campaign could mean. (35:40)

— Preacher John Piper wants you to “marry your Bible” this year. (39:12)

— Female Mormon missionaries can wear pants now. (41:02)

Jerry Falwell, Jr. said there’s nothing Donald Trump can do to lose the support of evangelical leaders. (45:46)

— An experiment to lure Jewish families to Alabama for $50,000 per family didn’t work. (50:55)

2018 in Review!

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

On this podcast, Jessica and I discussed the past year in news!

We covered a whole variety of topics, going month by month, so feel free to jump around and listen in at any point!

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The 500 Invisible Catholic Priests from Illinois

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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.

— The Catholic Church in IL didn’t disclose allegations against more than 500 priests. (1:42)

— The Christian Right’s Project Blitz is getting bigger in 2019. (10:58)

— After a teenager died of suicide, a Catholic priest condemned his actions during the funeral. (25:16)

— An Illinois school modified its graduation speech policy in order to permit Christian preaching. (34:53)

— There’s a new album designed for Christians to play when they’re making love. (41:27)

— Trust in clergy is at an all-time low. (44:52)

— A Miami church just got hit with a $7 million tax bill. (49:10)

— What podcasts would you recommend to a listener? (54:06)

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