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Jessica and I sat down to talk about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics. — Donald Trump accidentally praised religious leaders for achieving the “abolition of civil rights” during the National Prayer Breakfast. (1:18) — A TN lawmaker says taxpayer-funded abortions violate the law because they’re an endorsement of the “religion” of Secular Humanism. (4:00) — A cross washed up on a Florida beach… so of course it’s supernatural. (9:00) — Democrats are debating “In God We Trust” when administering oaths in House subcommittees, and one decided to do away with the phrase altogether. (12:20) — Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson says he doesn’t need health care because God made us all immortal. (16:19) — In Arizona, the specialty “In God We Trust” license plate is funding a Christian hate group. (20:40) — Hemant is giving an atheist invocation at a county council meeting! (27:10) — New Jersey will begin teaching LGBT history in public schools. (30:32) — A gay atheist in Poland just launched his own political party to push back against Catholic influence. (33:06) — Michigan’s attorney general just pulled the state out of three church/state separation lawsuits on which they were fighting for the wrong side. (36:13) — Pope Francis, for the first time, acknowledged the ongoing sexual abuse of nuns by priests. (38:35) — A judge said a 13-year-old girl was the “aggressor” in a sexual abuse crime involving a 67-year-old man. (41:45) — A 24/7 Dutch church service meant to protect refugees finally ended after the policy in question changed. (42:24)

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