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49 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
Let’s All Give Thanks
On our Thanksgiving show, we give thanks where thanks is due. We hear the new song “Let’s All Give Thanks,” written by Dan Barker and sung by Tahira Clayton and the Godless Gospel singers. Then FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott talks about the amicus brief FFRF has filed in the “303 Creative” Supreme Court case about a Christian business owner who wants to discriminate against LGBTQ customers.
49 minutes | Nov 17, 2022
This week we talk about the novelist John Irving, Christian supremacy, and the Respect For Marriage Act. After hearing the debut of the Godless Gospel song “I Don’t Need Jesus,” we talk with scientist and author John C. Wathey about his new book, The Phantom God: What Neuroscience Reveals about the Compulsion to Believe.
49 minutes | Nov 10, 2022
After hearing the good news (and a little not-so-good-news) after the November election, we listen to the freethinking Irving Berlin song “Pack Up Your Sins (And Go To The Devil in Hades)” 100 years after its 1922 debut on Broadway. Then we speak with playwright Marin Gazzaniga and qualitative researcher Linda LaScola, producers of the new off-Broadway play “The Unbelieving,” about clergy who no longer believe in God.
49 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
We hit some of the highlights of FFRF’s 45th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas, including welcoming remarks by U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman(CA) and Jamie Raskin(MD). Then we listen in to the live performance at that convention of the world premiere of the Godless Gospel musical group.
49 minutes | Oct 27, 2022
The Power of Protest
Iranian-born Maryam Namazie, with "Ex-Muslims of Britain," describes the dire situation in Iran where protesters of the patriarchal regime are being persecuted and killed. She also tells us how we can help. Then we speak with Harvard student Aidan Scully, who writes a secular column in the student newspaper The Harvard Crimson that combats Christian Nationalism and advocates for state/church separation.
49 minutes | Oct 20, 2022
We hear a sneak preview of the Godless Gospel song “You Don’t Need to Be Ashamed,” written by Andre Forbes, soloists DeAngela Morant and Rogiérs Fibby, with Godless Gospel singers in the chorus. Then we speak with New Hampshire state Representative Sherry Dutzy, who formed the Secular Values Legislative Caucus in her state and who is on the board of the new national Association of Secular Elected Officials.
48 minutes | Oct 13, 2022
Guest: Minnesota state Rep. Mike Freiberg. After hearing the late Loretta Lynn sing the feminist song “The Pill,” we hear freethinkers Joni Mitchell and James Taylor perform “Circle of Time." Then we speak with Minnesota state Representative Mike Freiberg about the new Secular Government Caucus he co-founded in the state legislature with the purpose of “resisting Christian nationalism and defending state/church separation.”
49 minutes | Oct 6, 2022
Know Your Rights
We announce the victory in our lawsuit challenging the “The Lord’s Prayer” at a West Virginia city council meeting. Attorney Liz Cavell describes FFRF’s “Know Your Rights” campaign for students. Then we hear Christopher Hitchens explain why God is not great.
50 minutes | Sep 29, 2022
Blasphemy is a Victimless Crime
We celebrate International Blasphemy Day by highlighting challenges to Christian Nationalism and the violation of state/church separation by senators and governors. Former Mormon Ray Matthews tells us why he now appears on FFRF's "I'm an Atheist and I Vote" billboard in Salt Lake City. Then we speak with Adrienne Martin, who testified before her Texas school board in protest of religiously motivated book banning in the public schools.
50 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Guest: Marty Essen. FFRF's Senior Litigation Counsel Patrick Elliott describes the new lawsuit we filed this week challenging 1.5 million dollars in the South Carolina budget to start a Christian school. Then the award-winning author, photographer and lecturer Marty Essen discusses the column against censorship he wrote for Banned Books Week: "Christian Nationalism and Book Banning."
49 minutes | Sep 15, 2022
We unveil a national “Secular Vote” campaign. Mandisa Thomas, president of Black Nonbelievers, tells us about the upcoming Women of Color Beyond Belief conference in Chicago. Then UK psychotherapist Jimmy Bangash, an ex-Muslim gay atheist, describes Islamic discrimination and persecution for blasphemy, apostasy and homosexuality.
49 minutes | Sep 8, 2022
We speak with the brave freethinking Bangladeshi author and publisher of Shuddhashar (Free Voice) Ahmedur Rashid Chowdury, who was attacked with machetes and guns by religious extremists and is now living in exile.
50 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
Is Religion Special?
Guest: Adam B. Cohen. Former U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann falsely claims that America was based on the bible. A California prison chaplain was convicted of sexual assault against female inmates while claiming the bible justified his actions. After hearing the irreverent Yip Harburg song "Ain't It The Truth?" sung by Lena Horne, we speak with Professor Adam B. Cohen about the study he co-authored for Perspectives on Psychological Science called "Is Religion Special?"
50 minutes | Aug 25, 2022
Guest: Sami Abdallah. Christian nationalism is now proudly rearing its head in the United States. FFRF Senior Litigation Counsel Patrick Elliott describes the friend-of-the-court brief we filed at the Supreme Court in the "303 Creative" case where a business owner wants to discriminate against LGBTQ customers on religious grounds. Then, we speak with Sami Abdallah, co-founder and president of Freethought Lebanon and co-organizer of the "Celebrating Dissent" conference that took place in Cologne, Germany, this month, about the challenges of being an apostate in the Muslim world.
49 minutes | Aug 18, 2022
Religion and the CIA
Guest: Michael Graziano. We first talk with FFRF Associate Counsel Sam Grover about his incisive recent blog on how constitutional absolutism is literally killing us. Then, FFRF Communications Director Amit Pal interviews Professor Michael Graziano regarding his fascinating new book Errand Into the Wilderness of Mirrors: Religion and the History of the CIA.
49 minutes | Aug 11, 2022
Threat to Democracy
Guest: Philip S. Gorski. This week we listen to the moving testimony before the National Capital Memorial Advisory Committee in favor of a new monument to honor America's "forgotten founder" Thomas Paine — testimony by Rep. Jamie Raskin, Margaret Downey (president of the Thomas Paine Memorial Association), military veteran Greg Jones and Black Nonbelievers President Mandisa Thomas. Then we talk with Philip S. Gorski, co-author of The Flag and the Cross: White Christian Nationalism and the Threat to American Democracy.
49 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
Guest: Adam Laats. FFRF attorney Chris Line tells us how FFRF is combatting religious indoctrination in Alabama schools. We parse Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's disturbing remarks denigrating nonbelievers during a Notre Dame "Religious Liberty" speech he gave in Rome last week. Then we speak with Professor Adam Laats about his new book Creationism USA: Bridging the Impasse on Teaching Evolution.
50 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
Combating the threats
"Christian nationalism" is being mentioned more and more in the news: Religious right-wing Christian members of Congress and candidates for public office are openly embracing the divisive concept. After hearing the very moving ad by "Mothers Against Greg Abbott" (opposing the Texas abortion ban) and the song "Heaven" set to a Rupert Brooke poem, we hear Bangladeshi-American author, activist and producer Bonya Ahmed describe how she is promoting science and freethought in Bangladesh and the rest of the world.
49 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
Guest: Don Ardell. The news is filled with state/church battles, politicking preachers, and religious threats to women's lives. After hearing a sneak preview of the Godless Gospel song "Life Is Good," we talk with U.S. and world triathlon and duathlon champion Don Ardell about his newest book, Freedom From Religion in 30 Days: A REAL Wellness Approach to Critical Thinking, Exuberance and Personal Freedoms.
49 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
Not a Christian nation
Speeches by Randa Black and Randall Cragun. Christian nationalists have influenced the Supreme Court and the Jan. 6 insurrectionists. To avoid public scrutiny, right-wing religious think tanks and legal groups are reclassifying themselves as "churches." Actress Randa Black explains why she gave a secular invocation rather than a prayer at a city council meeting, and Professor Randall Cragun tells us how he challenged Alabama's discriminatory voter registration law -- and won.
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