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A Christian Hate-Preacher Can’t Get a Lease

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

— Singer Amy Grant was condemned for hosting her niece’s same-sex wedding at her family farm. (0:43)

— A prominent Black atheist leader was accused of ethical violations. (12:00)

— Bucksport, Maine chose to take down a Nativity scene before allowing an atheist sign to go up. (21:02)

— Christian hate-preacher Jonathan Shelley needs a new home because “nobody really wants to lease to us.“ (26:07)

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— Catholic MAGA cultist Frank Pavone was (finally) kicked out of the priesthood. (33:33)

— Two Christian schools can no longer shield their identities after requesting censored field trips to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. (40:25)

— “The Church at Planned Parenthood” will have to pay heavy fines for blocking an abortion clinic. (48:45)

Backlash After Challenging Christian Prayers and the Pledge

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

— Emily Olson, the newest city council member in Owosso, Michigan, has received backlash for trying to end the tradition of Christian prayers at meetings and refusing to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. (0:55)

— The nephew of GOP bigot Rep. Vicky Hartzler spoke out after she cried on the House floor about a bill protecting same-sex marriages. (18:50)

— The first meeting of an After School Satan Club had to be delayed in Virginia after the Chesapeake Public Schools board cited safety concerns. (23:05)

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— Rep. Louie Gohmert praised a Christian pastor whose church has ignored serious allegations. (33:56)

— New York’s governor should sign a bill that bolsters secular addiction treatment programs. (40:30)

— A Christian teacher at Franklin Academy, a public charter school in Florida, was fired after interrupting three Muslim students in the middle of a prayer. (46:25)

— A Christian mother in British Columbia has lost her case arguing that an Indigenous “smudging” ritual at her kids’ school violated her religious freedom. (50:50)

— A lawyer tasked with helping the Archdiocese of Montreal be more transparent when it comes to child sexual abuse allegations has discovered that Church leaders were sabotaging her efforts. (56:13)

Why do Uber and Lyft let drivers proselytize?

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

— “Top evangelicals” are not backing away from Donald Trump, no matter what the headlines suggest. (2:11)

— A restaurant in Virginia refused to serve members of a Christian hate group. Is that religious discrimination? (13:15)

— An atheist delivered an invocation in Lake County, Florida… only to be followed by a Christian giving his own prayer as a sort of correction. (29:29)

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— Actor and evangelist Kirk Cameron is pretending public libraries are censoring him for not hosting events for his new book. (38:30)

— Matt Chandler, a megachurch leader with a history of downplaying sexual abuse, returned to the pulpit after his own scandal, but he’s not offering any details about what happened. (49:11)

— Uber and Lyft allow drivers to preach at riders, setting up a very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situation. (1:04:23)

— Will Democrats notice that non-religious voters helped tip the scales in their favor during the midterms? (1:12:15)