Recorded 11/24/2007. Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll.
Introductions – Who are we and what’s this podcast all about?
The Sam Harris “Problem with Atheism” Controversy – Author Sam Harris raised a ruckus with his October 2007 essay “The Problem with Atheism”. Self-identified atheists, particularly members of organizations with the A-word in their title, were quick to respond, refusing to back down. Harris isn’t alone, however – bestselling Canadian science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer said essentially the same thing in April 2007 with “A Bright Idea for Atheists” and Neil deGrasse Tyson touched on this issue in his recent interview with Point of Inquiry podcast.
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue Prays for Rain on the steps of the Georgia Capitol – and we are not amused. Okay, we’re a little amused, but we’re also a little miffed. David tells us about his participation in the Atlanta Freethought Society’s prayer protest.
Ten Commandments Displays in GA and KY – It’s happening again! Politicians just can’t get enough of posting the Big Ten in courthouses and other government buildings. Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, in a desperate bid, ordered the Ten Commandments posted (along with other “historical documents” in the Kentucky Capitol rotunda (Ernie lost, by the way). And in Albany, Georgia, the city commissioners voted unanimously to post a similar display in the Dougherty County judicial building.
“Imagine No Religion” Billboard Going up in Atlanta – The Freedom From Religion Foundation launches a billboard campaign in Atlanta in a follow-up to a similar campaign in Madison, Wisconsin.
Will Smith Is a Thetan! – Actor Will Smith comes out as a Scientologist, equating its tenets with those of Christianity. He’s got one thing right: Scientology’s no crazier than Christianity.
Mitt Romney Is a Mormon! – JFK fielded questions about his Catholicism 45 years ago. Now Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is fielding questions about his magic underwear. In the era of Faith-Based Initiatives and Global Crusades, how much should voters care about the religious beliefs of their elected officials?
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Theme music by Body Found.