The Christian Bible: A Handbook for the Subjugation of Women

July 15, 2014
By
Annie Laurie Gaylor

Annie Laurie Gaylor

The Old Testament is notorious for its stories of violence, genocide and atrocity condoned by a fictive god. This alleged scripture is especially heinous to women, and the New Testament offers no refuge, as it advocates a subservient role for women and condones Old Testament barbarism. I discuss both the biblical abuse and Christianity’s ongoing threat toward women today with my guest, Annie Laurie Gaylor. Gaylor is co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Our talk features one of Gaylor’s books, Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So, published in 1981, a guide to the Bible’s mistreatment of women.

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View the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s New York Time’s ad protesting the United State Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision here | Read the religious knowledge survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life here


A False History of the West: The Book of Mormon

June 25, 2014
By
Earl Wunderli

Earl Wunderli

The Book of Mormon is holy scripture for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a religion with more than 15 million adherents. Earl Wunderli, my guest on today’s show, was raised Mormon, but he eventually questioned the truth claims found in the book, prompting him to embark on a study that was meticulous and exhaustive, taking years to finish. He gathered his findings in a work published in 2013 titled, An Imperfect Book: What the Book of Mormon Tells Us about Itself. The results are surprising and interesting. He’ll tell us about the massive, painstaking effort he undertook, what he discovered and what it means to him. Wunderli has degrees in philosophy and law from the University of Utah. Earlier this year, Biblical scholar Dr. Robert Price praised Wunderli’s work in a book review for Free Inquiry, writing, “This may be the most important book yet written about the Latter-day Saint scripture.”

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Muslim Apostate: Criticizing Islam Vital for Change

June 9, 2014
By
Muhammad Syed

Muhammad Syed

Fast-Growing Ex-Muslim Group Offers Community and Support While Battling Bigotry

Today I’m talking with a civically active and very public American Muslim apostate, Muhammad Syed, co-founder and director of operations for the Ex-Muslims of North America. The Ex-Muslims of North America’s objectives are providing support and help to ex-Muslims, eradicating the apostasy taboo, and fighting bigotry. The organization is comprised of ex-Muslim non-theists primarily located in or from North America, with various ethnicities and nationalities participating. Syed is going to tell us more about the group and fill us in on some interesting details. He’ll also tell us why he became a non-believer in 2007. We’ll also talk about issues relating to ex-Muslims and criticizing Islam, and the recent controversy involving Ayan Hirsi Ali.

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Listen to Ayan Hirsi Ali Respond to the Brandeis University Award Reversal Here | Read a Summary Article on the Controversy Here | Read Ayan Hirsi Ali’s Interview With Reason.com Here | Watch Mehdi Hasan Interview Richard Dawkins Here | You HAVE to check out the terrific comic strip Jesus and Mo – click here

Growing Group of Doubting Clergy Speak Out in New Blog

May 21, 2014
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Rational Doubt: Researcher Linda LaScola’s Edits a New Blog for Pastors Leaving Faith Behind

Linda LaScola

Linda LaScola

Linda LaScola discusses the new blog she’s editing, Rational Doubt, The Clergy Project Blog. She also discusses her collaboration with philosopher Daniel Dennett on a study of non-believing clergy and a 2013 book about that work, Caught in the Pulpit, Leaving Belief Behind. LaScola is a qualitative researcher, and has traveled around the country interviewing people on numerous subjects, including health, mental health, public policy and religion. She been doing this for more than 25 years. LaScola earned a Master of Social Work from The Catholic University. The blog and the book provide unique insight into thoughts and arguments directly from the minds of those who preside in the pulpit – or used to. Both are valuable and informative reading.

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Click here to check out The Clergy Project | Click here to list to my conversation with Jerry DeWitt

Religious Conservatives Wrong on Church Freedoms

April 22, 2014
By
Rob Boston

Rob Boston

The Attempt to Redefine Religious Liberty is Misguided & Endangers Rights of Others

Conservative Christians complain that their religious freedoms are under attack partially because women in our country seek to use legal and effective birth control. These methods are included in a larger package of coverage offered in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. This mandate to include contraceptives vexes the Mennonite owners of Conestoga Wood, a custom wood products manufacturer, and the Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby, a craft store retailer. These proprietors claim that their religious liberty is restricted by the psychic shackles of the contraceptive mandate, distressing their godly conscience. With the enthusiastic support of religious conservatives, the legal attempt to seek an exemption reached the Supreme Court this March. Rob Boston, Director of Communications at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and my guest on today’s podcast, rejects the notion that these business owner’s religious liberty is in jeopardy. He argues that religious conservatives are redefining religious liberty in a flawed and damaging way. Boston has worked at Americans United since 1987. He’s editor of the organization’s Church & State magazine and the author of four books, the most recent published this year titled, Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do.

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Click here to listen to my podcast with Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club, The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children | Click here Listen to my podcast with Sean Faircloth, author of Attack of the Theocrats!: How the Religious Right Harms Us All-and What We Can Do About It | Click here to read the New York Times article explaining why morning after pills don’t cause an abortion

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