Podcast #7 – Religion and Insanity

Religion and Insanity

– Recent, tragic cases in the news involving filicide and/or suicide by insane and possibly religiously motivated people (Banita Jacks, John Violette and Marcelle Thibault).

– A look back at the sad story of Andrea Yates, who infamously drowned all five of her children.

– An academic study investigates the link between religious fundamentalism and mental illness.

– A man cuts off and microwaves his hand because he thought it bore the Mark of the Beast.

Plus two garden-variety crazies:

Marguerite “Dark-Sided” Perrin (from the TV show Trading Spouses).

Pastor Fred “God Hates Fags” Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church.

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Theme music by Body Found.

Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll.  Recorded 01/19/2008.

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5 Responses to Podcast #7 – Religion and Insanity

  1. Emily McFarlin says:

    Hi guys,
    I just wanted to let you know that I love your podcast. I find that I am addicted to listening to podcasts now. I live in a small town where I do not have any friends that are free thinkers. I thrive on having intelligent discussions with my husband on this topic, but it is nice to just listen sometimes. I really like the segment on “Holey” scripture. I was wondering if you will use the Quran and the Book of Mormon as well. I will look forward to your podcast every week. You put out great stuff keep up the good work.

  2. David says:

    Hi Emily,
    Thanks for the kind comments! We will be doing segments on “Holey Scripture” from both the Quran and Book of Mormon in future shows. There is just so much great stuff in the Bible that it might take a while to get there. If Romney does well on Super Tuesday we probably will do an entire show on the tenants of the Morman faith and believe me they have some wacky ideas!


  3. Emily McFarlin says:

    Mormons with wacky ideas!! You have got to be kidding me!! Isn’t it truly logical that if we all behave ourselves we too can have our own little universes to become gods over!! That is great stuff!! Seriously though, if you do one on Mormonism you should include a discussion on their secret temple vows. These could come into play with Pres. Romney. If you want stories from former and current Mormons you should check out http://exmormon.org/ there is some great stuff.
    I really loved podcast 7. I was rolling with laughter after I heard the Marguerite clip. I watched this on TV and I had forgotten how hillarious it was. This really started my day off right. I found myself giggling all day long.
    Good Job Again
    Keep it up!

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