The IRS Revoked an Atheist Charity’s Tax Exemption

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Atheist charity Nonbelief Relief just had its tax exemption revoked by the IRS… arguably on purpose. The group says this amounts to religious discrimination by the government. (0:45)

— Here are the major church/state separation cases in front of the Supreme Court that Brett Kavanaugh could soon be ruling on. (11:55)

— Secular Democrats are among the most enthusiastic about the midterms. But will that mean votes? (18:38)

Mike Huckabee thinks Taylor Swift‘s endorsement for Democrats won’t matter. As usual, he’s wrong. (22:45)

— The Mormon president said women should take a 10-day social media “fast”… right before the election. (27:24)

— The new Quebec premier says a large crucifix in the National Assembly isn’t a religious symbol at all. (32:36)

— Want an important take on the #MeToo movement? Don’t ask North Dakota GOP Senate candidate Kevin Cramer. (35:41)

— A group representing Catholic moms released a video supporting Kavanaugh that was all about how false allegations could happen to the men in your lives. (41:41)

— The UK Supreme Court just ruled in favor of Christian bakers who didn’t want to bake a cake for a gay customer. But this could backfire on Christians. (44:02)

— Teachers at a middle school couldn’t decide what to do with a trans student during a lockdown drill. Thank goodness it was only a drill. (49:02)

Matthew Shepard will finally have a resting place nearly two decades after a hate crime took his life. (51:23)

— When are government officials (including teachers) allowed to wear religious symbols? (55:42)

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Tucker Carlson Thinks We’re in an Atheist Theocracy

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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

Tucker Carlson says the Brett Kavanaugh backlash is due to an atheist “theocracy.” (4:40)

— Does Purity Culture explain why evangelical women still support Brett Kavanaugh? (11:06)

— Former Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson is teaching a class on ethics for some reason. (14:58)

— Even Catholics are getting sick of Pope Francis. (19:52)

— In a letter, Albert Einstein called God a “product of human weakness.” (24:41)

— Ark Encounter does not make for an educational (or legal) field trip. (26:40)

— The “Nones” believe a lot of New Age nonsense. (30:02)

— The Jenga approach to religion. (34:17)

— Irish schools have an awful track record when it comes to religion. (37:55)

— The Trump administration will end visas for unmarried gay partners of diplomats. (41:48)

— Is “freethought” a good word for atheists to use? (47:30)

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Brett Kavanaugh Loves God and Beer

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Queer Disbelief, a book Hemant edited, is now out on Kindle and in paperback! Go pick up a copy!

Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— Even if Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, half of evangelicals wouldn’t care. (1:30)

— A Jesuit publication rescinded its endorsement of Kavanaugh. (11:25)

— The question to Kavanaugh from Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) about God was inappropriate. (15:49)

— A Kentucky city council member is holding a school district hostage unless they take back their support of church/state separation. (18:20)

— The Pennsylvania House passed a bill that would create a new two-year window for child sex abuse victims to sue their abusers. (23:56)

— Preacher John Piper says Christians shouldn’t attend the weddings of couples who don’t feel bad for having pre-marital sex. (28:53)

— The Texas attorney general says students cannot “unilaterally refuse” to say the Pledge. A 1943 Supreme Court ruling says otherwise. (32:40)

— NPR’s Terry Gross is not anti-Christian. (37:46)

— The Congressional Freethought Caucus is growing! (40:30)

— Listener mail: Why do we talk about LGBTQ issues so much on an atheist podcast? And why will Hemant be the first one destroyed in the Zombie Apocalypse? (42:46)

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The Christian Right’s Kavanaugh Controversy

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Queer Disbelief, a book Hemant edited, is now out on Kindle and in paperback! Go pick up a copy!

Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.

— White evangelicals say we shouldn’t listen to Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser unless there were 2-3 witnesses because the Bible says so, and that he was respectful after she said no. (0:35)

— A man who strangled a woman received no jail time. (26:35)

— A Louisiana congressman claims atheists are spying on students in one high school. (29:42)

— An art gallery owner found a clever way to get church members to stop parking in his spaces. (34:11)

— Three pastors tried banning books from a library’s Banned Books display. (35:52)

— An Indian court found a great reason to reject a blasphemy complaint. (43:12)

— This is a remarkably tone-deaf ad, even for the GOP. (46:00)

— The Mormon Church excommunicated a man who was trying to protect children. (53:34)

— A former GOP state senator and Trump supporter was sentenced to 15 years in jail for child sex trafficking. (57:12)

— Should taxpayers be funding church renovations? The Supreme Court may get to weigh in on that. (59:45)

— How can you criticize minority religions without being called “Islamophobic” or anti-Semitic? (1:07:58)