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The Friendly Atheist Podcast

BONUS: Interview with Jesse Thorn

Jesse Thorn is the owner of the Maximum Fun podcast network, an journalist with NPR, and a podcast host. Jessica and Jesse discussed how comedy and comedians have changed in recent years, the role of kindness in skepticism, and his truly delightful anecdote about Maya Angelou. Also he made fun of 16″ softball which is basically a crime against Chicagoans.

Karen Pence’s New Job

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

— Second Lady Karen Pence is working at an anti-LGBTQ Christian school. (5:20)

— A study finds that more than half of young transgender men attempt suicide. (20:15)

— North Dakota may finally repeal the last of its Blue Laws. (23:08)

— An Indiana legislator wants Creationism‘ taught in the classroom… again. (26:30)

— A Christian hate group is furious that gay parents are on the cover of Parents magazine. (29:10)

— Christian radio host Jesse Lee Peterson lashed out against several female freshmen Democrats for the worst reasons. (32:45)

— Former World Series MVP and outspoken Christian John Wetteland has been charged with the worst sort of crime. (35:50)

Michael Cohen paid a Liberty University IT guy to rig polls for Donald Trump in 2016. (40:05)

Jenny McCarthy is a global health threat. (42:38)

— A crucified Ronald McDonald is the subject of protests outside an Israeli art museum. (46:00)

— A pastor who said Caitlin Jenner was “still a man” no longer has a job. (47:28)

— 41% of Republicans would be very uncomfortable with a female president. Because of course they would. (48:50)

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The GOP is ‘Operating Like a Religious Cult’

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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.

— 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)