The IRS Isn’t Investigating Churches

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

— Greg Locke’s Halloween bonfire to destroy “witchcraft” artifacts, Catholic symbols, and other things he deems evil got a heavy dose of rain. (3:50)

— The IRS isn’t doing a damn thing to enforce the Johnson Amendment and stop churches from endorsing political candidates from the pulpit. (15:00)

— If the IRS doesn’t care, should more Democratic preachers use the pulpit to promote their candidates? That’s what Rev. Jamal H. Bryant did. (He’s not a hero, though.) (36:30)

— Yolanda Flowers, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Alabama, made a surprise appearance this week at Creationist Kent Hovind’s Dinosaur Adventure Land. (47:12)

— While New Mexico GOP gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti insists he’s not an anti-abortion extremist, a prominent pastor is telling a very different story. (56:40)

— Four members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, all in Pennsylvania, were charged with sexually abusing a total of 19 kids. (1:07:36)

— Brazil defeated Jair Bolsonaro and his evangelical Christian base. (1:09:29)

How Many Houses Did Jesus Have?

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

— 45% of Americans say we should live in a “Christian nation.” Yikes…? (0:50)

— Even Christianity Today admits public schools aren’t godless. (16:50)

— Christian “prophet” Robin Bullock says that Jesus was a wealthy man who owned five houses. (26:18)

-– Sumner County, TN has adopted new rules acknowledging the supposed “Judeo-Christian” founding of the country. (34:23)

— Christian hate-preacher Greg Locke is so loud that his county may institute a noise ordinance. (40:36)

— Leaders in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo (NY) have agreed to government oversight because they’re utterly incapable of protecting kids on their own. (48:15)

— A Hasidic school in New York City will have to pay back millions for defrauding the state. (55:50)

Greg Locke’s Next Book Burning

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

— Atheist candidate Mike Itkis made a sex tape to boost his flailing congressional campaign. (1:44)

— Preaching history teacher and Christian bigot David Paszkiewicz is running for public office in Kearny, NJ. (14:35)

— Christian hate-preacher Greg Locke plans to hold another book burning on Halloween. This time, Catholic symbols will be up in flames too. (25:22)

— Conservative blogger Matt Walsh says anime is Satanic. (34:10)

— Christians lashed out against a “satanic” mural in a middle school painted by a teenager. (38:01)

— Mormon dad Matthew Watkins explained how he would disown his daughter if she were in a same-sex marriage and it did not go over well. (50:30)

— “The Unbelieving,” a new play about preachers who no longer believe in God yet remain in the pulpit, is premiering off-Broadway. (1:03:40)

Bart Barber and Southern Baptist Cruelty

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

— Bart Barber, the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, was featured on 60 Minutes but revealed the bigotry underlying his faith. (1:13)

— Christian hate-preacher Steven Anderson delivered a very explicit and homophobic sermon. (26:29)

— Why did a youth pastor hand out “I <3 hot youth pastors” stickers to kids? (33:42) — Catholic hospitals have always been dangerous. After the overturning of Roe, that’s never been more true. (46:00) — A lawyer was fined $400,000 for warning a Catholic school about a predator priest on the payroll. (57:00) — Two evangelists canceled a Florida stop due to Hurricane Ian after insisting God told them the event would go on without a hitch. (1:16:02) — One Million Moms prematurely declared victory over the cancellation of “Little Demon.” It’s not canceled. (1:18:15)