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A Texas-sized Loophole in a Christian Law

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

— A conservative Christian influencer wants women to stop touching themselves. (1:00)

— A Texas law requiring donated “In God We Trust” signs in schools has a loophole, and one atheist is taking advantage of it. (13:27)

— The Door McAllen, which staged a Christianized “Hamilton,” has apologized. (23:45)

— South Carolina stuck a $1.5 million gift for a Christian school in its budget. (34:29)

— The Big Bang Theory is not a hoax, no matter how much Creationists try to lie about it. (38:23)

— An article in Science recently connected a non-binary gender identity with a thirst for curiosity. And yet one professional science communicator is FURIOUS about it. (45:38)

— A leaked investigation into New Zealand’s ARISE Church reveals widespread abuse. (53:21)

— Scott Esk once said sexually active gay people should be executed by the government. He was nearly the GOP’s candidate for a State House seat in Oklahoma. (1:03:35)

The Attack on Salman Rushdie

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

— The attack on Salman Rushdie is an attack on free expression. (1:38) (Note: Read this for more background on Rushdie and why The Satanic Verses is controversial.)

— An evangelical pastor demonized “wokeism” after making up his own definition of the word. (14:52)

— The Fargo School Board in North Dakota nixed the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings… then reversed course after threats. (22:28)

— A Missouri pastor apologized after a sermon clip of him demanding a luxury watch from his congregation went viral. (32:09)

— A Texas school district banned the Bible. Oops. (39:25)

— The Department of Justice is investigating the Southern Baptist Convention. (48:52)

— Evangelist Beth Moore’s crush on Jesus infuriated Southern Baptist men. (54:30)

— Atheists won a settlement against Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert. (1:02:20)

The Illegal, Christian “Hamilton” Saga

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

— A Texas church put on an illegal production of “Hamilton” in order to convert the audience. (0:55)

— A Baptist school kicked out a five-year-old orphan after she was adopted by lesbians. (36:19)

— Let’s talk about Christian sword drills. (44:13)

— Catholicism is not cool. Please stop saying that. (47:29)

— An anti-“Satanism” dress code policy remains in effect in a Kansas school district. (59:57)

— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene falsely said “most Americans” are Christian nationalists like her. (1:09:07)

— A man was charged with arson for setting fire to a Michigan Planned Parenthood. (1:12:17)

The Plight of Conservative Christian Furries

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

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— The abortion referendum in Kansas was a rebuke to the Catholic Church. (2:10)

— Christian furries are worried about being outed… as Christians. (16:15)

— Do we really need a “new kind of atheism”? Not quite. (25:15)

— Democrats want the IRS to investigate non-profit groups that call themselves “churches” to avoid transparency. (43:15)

— The Mormon Church’s “help line” is a weapon to bury allegations of sexual abuse. (50:45)

— Australia’s new Senate leader Sue Lines wants to end the tradition of Christian invocations. (1:07:05)

— The number of atheists in federal prison is almost non-existent. (1:12:15)