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Friendly Atheist Podcast Hemant Mehta and Jessica Bluemke

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    Ep. 330 - It's Okay for CNN to Say Jesus Wasn't Perfect

    Ep. 330 - It's Okay for CNN to Say Jesus Wasn't Perfect

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

    — The one mom at One Million Moms is very angry at “Hamilton” for including an F-bomb. (0:44)

    — Conservative Christians are mad at CNN’s Don Lemon for saying Jesus wasn’t perfect. (8:05)

    — Dr. Nancy Goroff, a secular Jew and Ph.D. scientist, won her Democratic primary for Congress in New York. (14:50)

    — Will Smith used “godless” as a slur. Should we cancel him? (17:30)

    — The Supreme Court says religious schools are all-but-immune from anti-discrimination lawsuits and got in the way of women and contraception. (24:45)

    — Churches received billions of dollars in forgivable loans from the U.S. government. Should this have happened? (33:10)

    — A church threw an in-person event and a girl soon died. Who should be blamed for it? (40:58)

    — Donald Trump wants to build a National Garden… with a statue of Billy Graham. (59:48)

    — The FBI raided the headquarters of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, a.k.a. The Bleach Church. (1:03:35)

    — Be sure to check out the Being Reasonable podcast if you enjoy street epistemology!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 329 - Christian Schools Can Now Get Taxpayer Money

    Ep. 329 - Christian Schools Can Now Get Taxpayer Money

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

    — An Idaho church held an indoor service. Masks optional. 1,000 people came. (0:55)

    — Jehovah’s Witnesses are among the few groups not taking part in an Australian program meant to help sexual abuse survivors. (5:06)

    — A pastor and his wife were arrested for taking part in an embezzling scheme. (11:33)

    — The Supreme Court just made it possible for private religious schools to receive taxpayer money. (16:58)

    — Sen. Rand Paul hates experts. (24:23)

    — A powerful megachurch pastor let a potential predator work with kids. Now we know why. (41:18)

    — A Catholic priest was suspended after comparing Black Lives Matter organizers to maggots. (50:23)

    — The numbers are in! The Catholic Church spent more than $280 million on sex abuse cases in 2019. (54:20)

    — “Cancel Culture” doesn’t need to get rid of Darwin. But it wouldn’t matter if he got canceled. (1:02:14)

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 328 - Should Statues of White Jesus Come Down?

    Ep. 328 - Should Statues of White Jesus Come Down?

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

    — An Arizona church lied and claimed it had air filters that blocked out 99% of COVID. (2:30)

    — The daughter of a Republican candidate for State House in Michigan says you should not vote for her dad. (10:44)

    — Should statues of “white European” Jesus be taken down? (18:40)

    — A Republican senator cited J.K. Rowling when voting against an LGBTQ rights bill. (33:38)

    — Mississippi wants to replace its racist flag with a religious one. And here’s a Roman Mars video about flags! (36:30)

    — A Catholic Church fired a married lesbian because it remembered how Catholicism works. (42:00)

    — A couple of anti-maskers in Florida don’t want mandates that get in the way of God’s Wonderful Breathing System. (56:25)

    — Five years after Obergefell, the Religious Right’s predictions never came true. (1:00:55)

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep. 327 - A Pastor's Push for the "White Blessing" of Slavery

    Ep. 327 - A Pastor's Push for the "White Blessing" of Slavery

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

    — A Christian conversion therapy group is shutting down. (3:50)

    — Pastor Louie Giglio wants to replace the phrase “white privilege” with “white blessing.” He then apologized for suggesting it. (17:40)

    — Having more kids is not the way to win the Culture Wars. (35:37)

    — Does anyone know what Donald Trump‘s “Religious Freedom Task Force” did? (41:38)

    — Trump’s pathetic photo op in front of a church may have cost him support in swing-state Michigan. (48:11)

    — The Boy Scouts are offering a merit badge for inclusion. The one for irony can’t be far behind. (51:04)

    — This is a horrible way to ask kids about Purgatory in a religious education class. (57:36)

    — This lady wants everyone to burn their face masks. Because she’s not smart. (59:20)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 326 - The GOP's 2020 Platform is a Gift to the Christian Right

    Ep. 326 - The GOP's 2020 Platform is a Gift to the Christian Right

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

    — The Trump administration finalized a rule that allows doctors to deny care to transgender people. (1:14)

    — A Christian group leader says America is not racist… because interracial marriages are going up. (11:46)

    — The GOP’s 2020 platform is a gift to the Christian Right. (17:55)

    — Should a pastor receive any sort of backlash for liking a right-wing blowhard’s tweets? (28:32)

    — Former Black staffers at Liberty University are trying to help others leave due to Jerry Falwell, Jr.‘s racism. (47:08)

    — Creationist Kent Hovind wants half a billion dollars’ worth of revenge against the U.S. government. (50:11)

    — Want to vote early in Tennessee? This secular church is eager to help you. (59:46)

    — A Tennessee bill would allow kids to skip an hour of school each day to go to church. (1:04:15)

    — An Ohio Republican lawmaker suggested COVID disproportionately affects Black people because they don’t wash their hands. (1:10:00)

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ep. 325 - Trump's Church Photo Ops Pleased Nobody

    Ep. 325 - Trump's Church Photo Ops Pleased Nobody

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

    — Donald Trump‘s photo ops in front of two churches pleased nobody. (1:07)

    — Is Trump finally losing some of that white evangelical support? (10:44)

    — Southern Baptist churches had their largest membership drop in a century. (18:28)

    — Should a high school graduate be denied college acceptance for a racist comment online? (25:49)

    — According to the Lt. Governor of Texas, we can’t fix racism without Jesus. (39:53)

    — Pope Francis condemned the murder of George Floyd. (48:44)

    — The Department of Education, under Betsy DeVos, says allowing trans athletes to compete in high school sports could lead to government defunding of those schools. (1:00:33)

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
822 Ratings

822 Ratings

CatAlayne ,

Stress Relief

I live in the South, so need some sort of respite from the constant bombardment of religion + guns + eagle noises, and this podcast is PERFECT for me. Jessica and Hemant are funny to listen to, informative, and seem like they have a wonderful friendship.

space coast non believer ,

Great podcast

Love listening and Jess I know you read these I love listening to you get outraged and when you laugh at the ridiculousness of some of the stories

JoeKen19083 ,

FAP is the best podcast ever!

Best Podcast ever on the separation of church and state! I’m a Proud Patreon supporter* & highly recommend this informative & fun podcast,

Hemant & Jessica compliment one another like peanut butter & jelly!

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Cheers, Kenny from Philly

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