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Have the “New Atheists” Drifted to the Right?

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

— A number of well-known New Atheists have drifted to the right… but to varying degrees. Here’s a great episode of Serious Inquiries Only with more nuance! (2:45)

— Conservatives are very upset that a graduation speaker said the Pledge of Allegiance “Under Allah.” (21:08)

— Does it matter that Christian denominations are fading away? (28:02)

— Even a majority of Republicans support marriage equality now. (36:45)

— The GOP chairwoman wished people a Happy Pride Month. It didn’t end well. (45:04)

— How much credit does Burger King deserve for this Chick-fil-A shade? (53:40)

— A Christian group wants body cams on teachers to make sure they’re not teaching about race. (1:02:36)

— A(nother) Noah’s Ark replica is creating all kinds of chaos. (1:10:30)

Why is Willow Creek Still Defending Its Founder?

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

— Utah’s governor thinks a weekend of prayer will fix a drought. (1:02)

— A Virginia teacher refuses to use trans kids’ pronouns. The district punished him. Now he’s suing. (9:15)

— A high school football player had to eat pork, which violates his faith, as punishment. (17:20)

— Pastors at Willow Creek still won’t condemn the church’s abusive founder. (24:05)

— A Tennessee hat shop owner created Star of David patches bragging about not being vaccinated. They did not go over well. (37:32)

— Is Russell Moore a hero for condemning the Southern Baptist Convention? (41:05)

— An atheist leader in Kenya resigned after saying he converted to Christianity. (50:02)

— After spreading COVID lies, Rick Wiles appears to have COVID. (55:22)

— The remains of 215 children were found at a Catholic-run residential school in Canada. (58:45)

— This Texas valedictorian used her speech to denounce anti-abortion laws. (1:06:00)

Sex Doesn’t Cause Every Problem, Frank

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

— This is the dumbest anti-evolution video I’ve ever seen. (0:50)

— This apologist’s weird sex tweet doesn’t make any sense. (9:54)

— A Christian Nationalist version of the Bible was too toxic for a major publisher. (15:44)

— This survey of conservative Christians is wildly misleading. (23:49)

— Should Chip and Joanna Gaines have given money to a relative who opposes racial justice? (30:12)

— A pastor was arrested for spying on men in the church bathroom. (40:37)

— The mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana is going to stop violence with two days of prayer. (42:32)

— A Christian hate-preacher is doing damage control before a CNN segment about his lies. (45:10)

— A Christian mom says feminism is Satanic. (53:45)

— Are atheists obligated to call Catholic nuns “sisters”? (58:39)

— A Christian hate-group overreacted after a principal omitted parts of the Pledge at a graduation ceremony. (1:04:20)

What Makes a “Good” Atheist?

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

Sinéad O’Connor says ripping up a picture of the former pope on Saturday Night Live back in 1992 was the right move. (3:09)

— Another Christian rock star is leaving evangelicalism. (12:43)

— A priest wants to know if we’re “good” atheists. What does that even mean? (20:42)

— A social justice activist said he was related to Robert E. Lee. That’s not true. Now what? (36:40)

— A furniture seller hides tiny crosses in pieces to bless everyone’s homes. Is this harmless or a problem? (46:49)

— If Southern Baptists are praising your work, you’ve done something horribly wrong. (51:55)

— The White House met with atheist group leaders. Is that significant or merely symbolic? (1:02:35) 

— Tennessee has mandated signs about transgender bathroom use. (1:10:03)

— In England, COVID death rates are lower for people with no religion. (1:15:40)

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