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Jim Breuer Has Given Up on Comedy

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

— The Church of England will finally bless same-sex marriages. But don’t cheer just yet. (0:50)

— The Pope called for the decriminalization of homosexuality. Does it matter? (5:44)

— Stop praising Pastor Andy Stanley for pretending to care about gay people. (12:50)

— Former NFL coach and current commentator Tony Dungy hid behind his faith during an acknowledgment that he lied to people about kitty litter boxes in classrooms. (37:48)

— After a Mormon man murdered his family, why was his obituary so positive? (44:30)

— During a right-wing rally, former SNL cast member Jim Breuer  mocked flu shots, vaccines, and NFL player Damar Hamlin. (51:27)

— Anti-abortion activist Nathaniel Darnell celebrated the death of the former Speaker of the Georgia House. (56:52)

— 13 clergy members have filed a lawsuit “challenging Missouri’s abortion ban and several related abortion restrictions.” (1:00:45)

— Who allowed controversial “influencer” Woah Vicky to preach to kids at a Georgia high school? (1:04:55)

Can Idaho’s “Faith-Healing” Laws Be Fixed?

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

— A Mississippi Democrat filed a “trigger” bill to bring Christian prayers back to public schools. (1:00)

— Idaho’s “faith-healing” exemption has led to more children’s deaths, and one Republican told me he wants to fix that. (15:53)

— If Iowa passes a controversial voucher bill to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to private religious schools, one atheist plans to open up a Satanic school. (28:58)

Judge Alfred T. Goodwin, a church/state separation hero, died at 99. (39:00)

— Atheist activist Chaz Stevens wants Fort Lauderdale, Florida to respect religious freedom by honoring the Shinto “Festival of the Steel Phallus. (42:02)

— The ARISE Church in New Zealand hired an investigator to look into allegations against it… and now they’re punishing the investigator. (57:52)

— The Decatur County Sheriff’s Department in Greensburg, Indiana has been pushing Christianity on inmates in the county jail. (1:11:28)

The Pandemic Ruined Church Attendance

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

— An art history professor at Hamline University in Minnesota was fired after showing students an ancient depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in class. (0:40)

— The Catholic Church in Kansas was home to 188 predators, according to a four-year investigation. (19:05)

— When it comes to contraception, most Catholics in the U.S. completely ignore the Church’s position. (27:40)

— The Christians behind a viral “Eye of the Tiger” cover see all your comments calling them “cringy.” (37:00)

— The legislature of New Brunswick rejected an invocation request from a Hindu activist because lawmakers insisted the prayer could only come from a fellow Christian. (50:50)

— Church attendance among young people has suffered a major decline since the pandemic. (57:05)

— A pastor was given a short jail sentence after subjecting homeless people to forced labor. (1:04:45)

The Religious Response to Damar Hamlin’s Injury

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

— Prayers won’t help NFL player Damar Hamlin, especially when they come from on-air NFL analysts like Dan Orlovsky. (1:45)

Mark Rozzi, the new Speaker of the Pennsylvania House, is a self-described “freethinker” who has fought against the Catholic Church’s abuse. (25:00)

Dennis Prager is very sad that conservatives are no longer welcome in their kids’ homes over the holidays. (38:00)

Kirk Cameron is still spreading lies to publicize his new book but got called out by a library. (47:52)

— Nearly a year after the launch of “He Gets Us,” the $100,000,000 ad campaign for Jesus is still failing to get a positive reception. (1:03:48)

— The Jehovah’s Witnesses just lost its “religious community” status in Norway, a huge blow to the group. (1:21:35)

Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that would have expanded treatment options for secular people struggling with substance abuse and addiction. (1:33:14)

Congressman Jamie Raskin released a statement revealing his cancer diagnosis. Perhaps unusually, there was no mention of God. (1:37:59)