A Georgia Republican’s Top 3 Priorities

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

Kandiss Taylor, a wannabe governor of Georgia, has no respect for church/state separation. (3:19)

— An Arkansas official brazenly bragged about pushing Christianity at government meetings. (14:30)

— A “quieter approach” to atheism isn’t necessarily a bad thing. (24:10)

— A Tennessee senator used Hitler as an example of someone overcoming homelessness. (38:40)

— A Tennessee cop baptized a woman against her will. A judge says the lawsuit can continue. (44:19)

David Barton is spreading a new lie about churches and the Constitution. (53:41)

— There’s a new member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus and it’s a non-story. (1:00:17)

Was the Pledge of Allegiance plagiarized?

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

Nebraska Sen. Megan Hunt helped defeat an anti-abortion bill with an incredible speech. (4:45)

— A school prayer case from 1999 was cited to derail an honor for a historic Black judge. (14:15)

Mubarak Bala was sentenced to 24 years in jail for blasphemy. (27:48)

— The Pledge of Allegiance may have been plagiarized from a child. (35:15)

— No deciding your sexual orientation until you’re 21, says conspiracist Rep. Lauren Boebert. (49:59)

— Most Americans know religious objections to the COVID vaccines are bogus. (53:44)

— Christians can’t hijack a football stadium’s PA system to promote Jesus, said a judge. (57:07)

Interview with Thomas Smith, host of “Serious Inquiries Only” and “Opening Arguments”

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In this solo episode (Jessica will be back next week), Hemant interviewed Thomas Smith, host of multiple podcasts that discuss science, atheism, philosophy, and the law.

They include “Serious Inquiries Only,” a show that goes in-depth on topics concerned science and skepticism, “Opening Arguments,” with co-host Andrew Torrez, which takes complex legal issues in the news and breaks them down in an accessible and entertaining way, and “Philosophers in Space,” which uncovers and explains the philosophy behind your favorite works of sci-fi.

We spoke about the right-ward shift of big-name atheists, why so many skeptics seem to be pushing conservatives arguments, and what the best strategies are to counter that misinformation.

Because we spoke about so many different issues, timestamps were a bit tough to mark, but I hope you find this conversation as worthwhile as I did.

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Misplaced Double-Standard

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

Ketanji Brown Jackson was grilled about her religious beliefs by Lindsey Graham. (6:30)

— A pastor claimed he could endorse candidates in church because they weren’t beholden to the IRS. He’s wrong. (18:05)

Brian Houston, the founder of Hillsong Church, finally resigned after additional revelations about his inappropriate behavior. But the whole church is in chaos. (28:55)

— NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, who is vehemently anti-abortion, apparently paid for an abortion. (43:55)

— The Babylon Bee was booted from Twitter for making the only “joke” it knows. (56:05)

— The largest gathering of atheists in America occurred ten years ago. Have things improved? (1:05:10)