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Friendly Atheist Podcast Hemant Mehta and Jessica Bluemke

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    Ep. 344 - Can the Supreme Court be Fixed?

    Ep. 344 - Can the Supreme Court be Fixed?

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

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    — A whites-only church wants to set up shop in Minnesota. Locals aren’t having it. (2:00)

    — Donald Trump fell for an article on a satirical conservative website. (6:25)

    — Trump needs to work on his pandering. He’s now saying only Jesus is more famous than he is. (9:27)

    — Trump’s support among white evangelicals is slipping… (15:37)

    — Anti-gay groups are already celebrating the eventual overturning of marriage equality. (26:46)

    — Two congressmen say interracial marriages are also on the chopping block. (33:00)

    — This could be a way to save the Court… but it’s not pretty. (36:20)

    — Nashville authorities say they’re investigating a super-spreader event hosted by Christian preacher Sean Feucht. (42:25)

    — Someone called the cops after seeing a sleeping homeless man on a bench. It was actually a statue of Jesus. (51:10)

    — Anti-abortion groups are defending Trump’s use of a COVID treatment that wouldn’t have been possible without an aborted fetus. (58:18)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 343 - The Catholic Church May Have Broken For The Dumbest Reason

    Ep. 343 - The Catholic Church May Have Broken For The Dumbest Reason

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

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    — A priest was caught filming sex with two women in a church. (1:08)

    — Catholicism is officially broken because of a tiny mistake a few decades ago. (10:30)

    — Don’t bury fetal remains without the consent of the mother. Just don’t. (19:59)

    — Where are Donald Trump‘s evangelical supporters now that we know his COVID treatment was derived from the cells of an aborted fetus? (27:55)

    — Trump said catching COVID was a “blessing from God.” (35:11)

    — Eric Trump believes daddy “literally saved Christianity” from godless Democrats. (37:10)

    — Don’t forget that the Republicans who defended the child separation policy justified it with Bible verses. (41:22)

    — At least two Supreme Court justices want to overturn marriage equality. (50:30)

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep. 342 - Alabama Won't Let Atheists Vote

    Ep. 342 - Alabama Won't Let Atheists Vote

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

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    — Alabama won’t allow atheists to vote. (6:11)

    — Amy Coney Barrett has said abortion is “barbaric.” Will it matter? (10:48)

    — One conservative opposes Barrett’s confirmation to the Court… but for all the wrong reasons. (18:21)

    — Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias is being accused of sexual misconduct months after his death. (19:09)

    — This Illinois Republican says his opponent is attacking his “Christian values”… by quoting his platform. (26:00)

    — “Humanists for Biden,” a first of its kind group, had its launch! (32:53)

    — Behind closed doors, Donald Trump mocks religious people. (35:16)

    — Senate Republicans won’t pass a COVID relief bill, but they did pass a resolution defending the Pledge of Allegiance. (39:00)

    — Satanists want to put up pro-abortion billboards but they’ll have to win a legal battle first. (40:57)

    — Conservative Matt Walsh says Real Men don’t use emojis. (48:40)

    — A COVID-denying pastor forces his staff to sign COVID waivers. (51:38)

    — A First Amendment case has church/state opponents working together. (54:00)

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    Ep. 341 - The Supreme Court's Devastating Rightward Shift

    Ep. 341 - The Supreme Court's Devastating Rightward Shift

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

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    — What does the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean for church/state separation? (0:54)

    — Democrats do not have an anti-Catholic bias. (23:41)

    — A Republican state representative from Illinois was caught on tape saying racist, homophobic things about her opponent. (28:03)

    — A Baptist preacher yelled “White Power!” after a Trump rally. (36:00)

    — This bizarre ad from a Wisconsin GOP group falsely claims Joe Biden‘s religious beliefs are unknown. (39:00)

    — How much praise should we give an evangelical who only ditched the label now? (42:44)

    — What is a “militant secularist,” Attorney General William Barr? (56:20)

    — Germany’s largest, richest archdiocese is planning on massive shrinkage. (59:33)

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    Ep. 340 - The Don't-Say-The-S-Word Baptist Convention

    Ep. 340 - The Don't-Say-The-S-Word Baptist Convention

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

    — If you’re a pastor, maybe don’t use your work email to send hateful racist messages based on a hoax. (0:55)

    — The Southern Baptist Convention is drifting away from the word “Southern.” (11:45)

    — “Evangelicals for Social Action” is getting rid of the first word because it’s too toxic. (19:18)

    — Scientific American issued its first-ever endorsement for Joe Biden. Will it matter? (22:19)

    — Don’t be this mom complaining about a Bible reading in your daughter’s English class. (38:00)

    — Democrats can and should reach out to non-religious voters. (51:00)

    — A Republican state senator who participated in a protest against climate change just lost his home due to the wildfires. (56:11)

    — A California church will finally stop its indoor services. It just took a fine of $112,750. (1:00:16)

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    Ep. 339 - A Christian Hate-Preacher Was Banned On YouTube

    Ep. 339 - A Christian Hate-Preacher Was Banned On YouTube

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

    — Christian hate-pastor Steven Anderson no longer has his YouTube channels. I may have had something to do with that… (0:48)

    — Pastor John MacArthur‘s church has been shut down by a judge for violating COVID rules. (13:16)

    — A Hobby Lobby store urged people to vote for Trump. Now there’s a call for a boycott. (17:33)

    — Donald Trump released a new Supreme Court shortlist, but will anyone care? (19:32)

    — A South Carolina school district lost a major church/state legal battle… but doesn’t want to accept the settlement. (28:45)

    — Socialists hate the Bible, according to a Christian pollster who oversimplifies everything. (32:44)

    — Queensland, Australia will make priests report child abuse even if they learn about it during confession. (37:54)

    — Michael Cohen admitted there was a link between the Falwells’ racy photos and his endorsement of Trump. (47:09)

    — A Ukrainian Orthodox Church leader who blamed COVID on gay marriage… has COVID. (55:01)

    — A Brazilian gospel singer is involved in a murder case… and it gets even weirder after that. (56:38)

    — Trump wants “patriotic education” in schools. But his version of that is pure indoctrination. (1:01:39)

    • 1 hr 16 min

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