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Hemant Mehta and Jessica Greiff cover the latest news, politics, and pop culture with a focus on atheism and religion.
This is the official podcast for FriendlyAtheist.com.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 1.3K Ratings

Hemant Mehta and Jessica Greiff cover the latest news, politics, and pop culture with a focus on atheism and religion.
This is the official podcast for FriendlyAtheist.com.

    Ten Commandments in Louisiana Schools

    Ten Commandments in Louisiana Schools

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — Louisiana is about to force the Ten Commandments in every classroom. (1:20)
    — Woman claims her Christian megachurch banned her for criticizing the pastor. (27:10)
    — An Alabama principal let a preacher "talk about Jesus" at a mental health assembly. (51:35)
    — GOP still claims, without evidence, the State Department is "promoting atheism." (1:00:40)
    — Census shock: Majority of Scottish people say they have "no religion." (1:24:19)
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Harrison Butker's Commencement Address

    Harrison Butker's Commencement Address

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — Harrison Butker's commencement address was a disgrace to Catholics everywhere. (1:55)
    — Texas megachurch caught manipulating traffic data to get new stoplight. (26:10)
    — A statue of disgraced evangelist Billy Graham got unveiled in the U.S. Capitol. (39:31)
    — MN lawmaker: Public schools engage in "censorship" by not teaching Creationism. (45:55)
    — Christian college fires professor for challenging right-wing talking points. (56:08)
    — A Louisiana school gave kids a biblical advice book comparing sex to slavery. (1:16:28)
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Southern Baptist Membership Drops (Again)

    Southern Baptist Membership Drops (Again)

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — A high school artist called out Christian bigotry. Her school board is furious. (1:33)
    — Southern Baptist membership dropped yet again to a 47-year low (17:48)
    — A pastor who was "betrothed" to a child, then abused her, is finally in custody. (34:10)
    — Lying preacher John MacArthur: "There's no such thing" as PTSD, OCD, and ADHD. (50:45)
    — The Boy Scouts, despite its "inclusive" rebranding, will still exclude atheists. (1:03:19)
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Liquor License in the Bible Belt

    Liquor License in the Bible Belt

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — Despite pastor's opposition, Georgia man gets OK to open liquor shop near churches. (0:30)
    — The United Methodist Church reversed its ban on gay clergy. Will it matter? (12:25)
    — A beloved Alabama principal may have lost her job because she has a girlfriend. (33:22)
    — Kentucky mayor lashes out after criticism of his "Prayer Breakfast" event. (42:07)
    — Preacher gets unearned praise after calling Trump Bible "disgusting" & "blasphemous." (51:25)
    — Doug Wilson has ludicrous ideas for how the U.S. could become a Christian Nation. (1:02:15)
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Corporal Punishment and Christianity

    Corporal Punishment and Christianity

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — What I'll remember about Daniel Dennett. (0:28)
    — Catholic priest resigns after backlash involving his criticism of a gay author. (8:43)
    — Christian lawmaker says teachers should be allowed to hit special needs students. (24:38)
    — A Christian ministry urged the Supreme Court to criminalize homelessness. (46:03)
    — Māori atheists say Christian colonization helped push them away from the faith. (1:01:59)
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Christian Men's Conference Descends Into Chaos

    Christian Men's Conference Descends Into Chaos

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — Christian Men's Conference descends into chaos over sword-swallowing acrobat. (1:02) 
    — Wisconsin official blames homelessness on "sin," then votes against aid for the poor. (25:15)
    — Christian Nationalist falsely claims Satanist chaplains "don't qualify" to work in schools. (39:27)
    — Tennessee declares Aitken Bible one of its "official state books." (53:37)
    — North Dakota GOP endorses Christian theocrat to run the state's public schools. (1:07:06)
    — Louisiana High Court: Priests have a "right" not to be sued over decades-old abuse. (1:20:15)
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    • 1 hr 35 min

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