Episode 18: Religious Rights or Preferential Treatment (Part 2/2)

In This Episode: (Warning! Potentially Offensive Content! As usual.)

  • Religious prisoners sue for ceremonial food.
  • Muslim prisoners sue for 5 prayers a day.
  • Woman sues United States Council of Bishops for directing Catholic hospitals to put religious beliefs above her safety.

Reoccurring Segments:

  • Who Said That
  • Vacuous Signs for Religious Minds
  • Outtakes

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Episode 17: Religious Rights or Preferential Treatment (Part 1/2)

In This Episode: (Warning! Potentially Offensive Content! As usual.)

  • A friend’s war on poor plastic baby Jesus. 
  • Some unsavory religious characters pass away.
  • Separation of Church & State does exist. Sad that we have to say it.
  • Merry Christmas! Your kids can get more stupider for less at the Creation Museum!

Reoccurring Segments:

  • Who Said That.
  • Outtakes

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Episode 16: Opponents of Marriage Equality

In This Episode: (Warning! Potentially Offensive Content!)

  • LGBTQ Current Events
  • List of poor arguments used to oppose marriage equality and homosexuality in general.

Reoccurring Segments:

  • Who Said That.
  • Vacuous Signs for Religious Minds.
  • Outtakes
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Episode 15: Current Events

In This Episode: (Warning! Potentially Offensive Content!)

  • Being out as an unbeliever to family.
  • The paradox of a merciful torturous overlord.
  • Views on the Duration of Hell: Universalism vs. Annihilationism.
  • Arrogant Faith.
  • Former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, speaks in favor of marriage equality and does so masterfully. And he’s a Christian.
  • Russia’s attack on LGBTQ speech and “pasta worshipers”.
  • Pat Robertson’s HIV Ring slander.
  • LGBTQ ups and downs in Texas.

Reoccurring Segments:

  • Who Said That.
  • Vacuous Signs for Religious Minds.
  • Bloopers. Very raunchy, but hopefully funny, this time.

Next Episode:

  • I give up on the prognostication game. So I guess we’ll see. However, we do have a marriage equality episode completely planned already.

Notes:  Sorry for the issues with sound quality. It’s completely listenable, but there’s some background noise and apparently mic bumping going on. We’ll try to fix that in the next episode.

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Episode 14: Introducing More New Co-Hosts

In This Episode:

  • We meet our two new co-hosts Elizabeth and Norm.
  • Jake is taking a break.
  • We hear about Norm’s religious upbringing as well as a bit of geek talk.

Next Episode:

  • We’ll hear from Elizabeth.

Notes:

  • Sorry it’s taken so long to get this episode out.
  • We’ll get back to the marriage equality topic soon.
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Episode 13: Friends of Marriage Equality. Separation of Church and Hate.

In this episode:

  • RELIGION
  • The touching story of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer which lead to the recent US Supreme Court DOMA hearings.
  • Roger Gorley was forcibly removed from his husband’s hospital room, even though he had power of attorney.
  • Denial of Self: Top anti-gay leaders get caught in compromising, yet hilarious, positions.
  • Good News: Pray Away the Gay leader retracts support of “Reparative Therapy.”
  • Vacuous Signs for Religious Minds: Talking about silly religious signs that we’ve seen.
  • Vicarious Atonement Moment: Hurting others to help you. You’re welcome!
  • We learn of a very interesting super villain weapon.
  • Stand in Support of Your LGBT Friends. Even if You Don’t Know You Have Them, You Do!

Links:

Democracy Now story about Edith and Thea.

Daugher of Roger Gorley speaks out about discrimination against gay dad.

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Episode 12: Friends of Marriage Equality Bonus Episode

In this episode:

  • RELIGION
  • I read 4 pages from the Amicus Brief sent to the Supreme Court relating to the United States v. Windsor (DOMA) case.
  • Help! We’d like to hear what Marriage Equality means to you. Contact us and we’ll read your letters (anonymously if you’d prefer). Or let us know if  you’d like to do a guest spot on the upcoming Marriage Equality full episode.
  • This episode is a short primer to the next full episode when Jake and Tim will be back.
  • Vacuous Signs for Religious Minds: Talking about silly religious signs that we’ve seen.

Links:

CFI and Secular Groups Urge Supreme Court to Overturn DOMA and Prop 8

Amicus Brief PDF File

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Episode 11: Religious Urban Legends and Conspiracy Theories

In this episode:

  • RELIGION
  • Manti Te’o: An allegory for theistic faith.
  • Religious Urban Legends
  • Conspiracy Theories and why people believe them.
  • Blood Libel
  • Jake is obsessed with a certain member of the Reasonable Doubts podcast. Hint: He’s almost a teen pop sensation.
  • 2 New Mini Segments
  • Vacuous Signs for Religious Minds: Talking about silly religious signs that we’ve seen.
  • The Vicarious Atonement Moment: Let’s do horrible things to innocents! You know, so that someone else can be forgiven for some random wrong-doing.

Warning: This is definitely an adults-only episode. But I think it’s very funny.

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Episode 10: 2012 Bass Ackwards Awards (Part 2/2)

In this episode:

  • POLITICS
  • 1000 years of darkness!!!
  • AIG (Aristocrats Insisting on Gratuity?)
  • Paul Broun’s Lies From the Pit of Hell
  • Legitimate Rape: An Origin Story?
  • RELIGION
  • Children Killed by Faith Healing
  • Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child Murders
  • Children Mutilated in Insane Exorcisms
  • Attempted End of Time Mercy Killings
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Episode 9: 2012 Bass Ackwards Awards (Part 1/2)

In this episode:

  • The Mass Murder Blame Game
  • Anti-Gay Idiots
  • Gay Demons… or “Beelzebub’s in my butt!”
  • Stupidity Leads to Starvation
  • Who Said That? We have two great quotes this time. Both aptly describe the backwards thinking of the religious right.
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Episode 8: Blasphemy!

In this episode:

  • Blasphemy.
  • The Freedom of Speech.
  • Movie critics call for beheadings.
  • Tim calls for arson.
  • Jake calls for cupcakes.

 

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Episode 7: Reading Thomas Jefferson Part 1

In this episode:

  • I simply read two documents from Thomas Jefferson.
  1. Statute of Religious Freedom
  2. Notes on the State of Virginia (Chapter: Religion)

There’s no discussion this time, just reading. Tim and Jake will be back with me next week with an episode on blasphemy laws, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

There will be more of these readings in the future.  So even if you don’t like religious discussion check back occasionally if you want to know what the founding fathers had to say about the Freedom of Religion, The Freedom From Religion and the Freedom of Speech.

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Episode 6: Interviewing the New Co-Hosts Jake and Tim

In this episode:

  • I interview our new co-hosts Jake and Tim.
  • We discuss religious upbringings, and coming out of religion.
  • Reoccurring Segments: “Who Said That?” and “Giving Thanks”
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Episode 5: Introducing the New Co-Hosts!

In this episode:

  • I introduce our new co-hosts Jake and Tim! Welcome guys!
  • New show segments, “What’s Going On”, “Who Said That” and “Rational Resources”.
  • We discuss the first two episodes of Ken Ham’s “Foundations” DVD series, which we watched at a local Pentecostal church.
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Episode 4: God Goes Bang!

In this episode:

  • The origin of the universe.
  • I’m ignorant and that’s okay.
  • Transforming ? to !
  • Underpants Gnomes

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Gay Marriage Vs. Civil Unions

I’ve heard a number of Christians say that they don’t support gay marriage, but that they do support civil unions, with all of the same legal rights afforded to married couples by the state. I applaud this willingness to compromise. They go on to explain that marriage itself is a religious term and should be the domain of religion alone. I agree wholeheartedly. Since our government has absolutely no business getting involved in religion, it should have no say in who can get married, only in who can be contractually joined in civil unions.

When a Christian gets married in a church, they shouldn’t be required to bring a government document with them to have witnesses sign. This is exclusively religious business after all. They should go and get married in the eyes of their friends, family, church and the deity or deities of their choosing. If the couple wishes to receive the benefits offered them by the government, then they should go to a courthouse, pay a fee, and sign the necessary papers in front of an official witness.

We have churches today that are willing to marry gay couples, and I’ll bet that they are going to grow in popularity. What the more conservative religions are doing is trying to stifle not only the legal rights of gays, but also the religions rights of the more liberal churches. They’re trying to do this through the power of the government. I wouldn’t think that religious people would want to foster a system where the government  tells churches who they can and can’t hold religious services for.

The Catholic church has a right to deny communion, baptism, marriage and even attendance to whoever they like. The same can be said for all denominations within Protestant Christianity. Understandably most of these organizations do deny participation in many cases. A Catholic church will not marry a Protestant. That’s their right. But none of these organizations have a right to tell the government or another religion what they can do. Conversely, neither the government nor other religions can tell them what they can do within their hallowed halls. Let’s try to keep it this way.

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Episode 3: All You Have to Do Is…

In this episode I talk about some common oversimplifications made by Theists and compare this to the software development process.

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Thank You Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens passed away last night. Today we say farewell to an incredible man. Christoper Hitchens was, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest minds of our age. As a writer and speaker he had an undeniable mastery of the English language. He had a keen sense of human justice and an unparalleled understanding of the human condition.

I’ve never enjoyed listening to another speaker, more than Hitch, on any topic. I’ve only known of him since his interview on NPR’s, “Fresh Air”, which aired on October 29th of 2010.  At the time I still considered myself a Christian, but just barely. After over 30 years of belief I was finally beginning to allow myself to doubt my beliefs and the Bible. I can’t say that Hitchens really helped in the initial process. My journey out of Christianity had more to do with a critical analysis of the Bible and the very paradoxical concepts contained in Christianity. But once I realized that I could no longer believe in the concept of a loving, patient, merciful creator of genocide and eternal damnation, I was free to listen to whichever skeptic I wished. There are many remarkably able and entertaining advocates for skepticism today, but there is no one like Hitchens.

Many mourn his passing. Many tears have already been shed. I’ve already seen people scoff at those of us who’ve cried at the loss of such a sharp mind. No, I didn’t know him personally, but his words resonated with such logic and understanding, that it seems like I did. He’s gone now and while I doubt the human spirit literally lives on after death, I know that effectively it does. He’s touched countless lives, and we’ll miss him dearly.

Martin

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Episode 2: A Heavenly Father Vs. An Earthly Father

In this episode I compare the concept of a Heavenly Father with that of an earthly father. Do we really want a father like God?

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Episode 1: My Basis For Unbelief

I talk about why I’ve recently left Christianity, and why I’m doing a podcast about religion from an Atheist perspective. I briefly looks a the contradictions in the the Bible, like the genocidal God and the peaceful Jesus.

Facts Before Faith. Ep. 1: My Basis For Unbelief

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