Podcast #83 – Secular Coalition at the White House

John C. Snider with Christopher Hitchens, Emory University, February 26, 2010

American Atheists president Ed Buckner reports on the recent meeting between representatives of the Secular Coalition for America with White House officials.

Plus: We meet the Hitch!  Allison joins us to talk about “The Only Subject Is Love,” a seminar we attended at Emory University featuring Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens, and filmmaker Deepa Mehta (who is developing a film adaptation of Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children).  The event celebrates the opening of Rushdie’s archives at Emory.  Surprises included spontaneous recitations of poetry (Hitchens selecting the heartwrenching “Dulce et Decorum est,” Rushdie the humorous “The Walrus and the Carpenter.”)  And…we learned that Hitchens’ memoir–Hitch 22–is due out in June!

John and Allison will also be at the upcoming American Atheists convention in Newark, NJ, April 2-4.  We’ll actually be in the greater NYC are March 31 – April 5, and we welcome suggestions for places to eat, things to do, or stuff to see.

Congratulations to “PopeStevo,” who annihilated “johncsnider” last month in “Words With Friends” (the iPhone version of the classic Scrabble).  Steve wins a copy of the 2009 American Atheists convention program book signed by Richard Dawkins, a collection of freethoughtish books, and an American Freethought t-shirt and mug.

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Recorded March 4, 2010.  Hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll.

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2 Responses to Podcast #83 – Secular Coalition at the White House

  1. Steve says:

    Just a quick response to the “Know it’s wrong” comment. I guess I meant that Tiger didn’t know it was wrong in the sense that he only knew it was considered “socially” wrong and that he would be in deep scheise if he got caught. What I meant is that he didn’t know/think it was wrong “for him”.

    In cases like this it’s obvious that everyone (excluding psychopaths etc…) knows it’s considered wrong to cheat in a committed relationship. But only the people who see it as beneficial to them not to cheat “Know” it’s wrong… In other words, he obviously thought it was OK to cheat because it felt right to him, as long as he didn’t get caught…so in that sense, he didn’t “know” it was wrong.

    I think we could say the way he played it out, he was being stupid…leaving a huge trail…probably a bit more out of touch with reality than your average Joe the plumber… That’s where he needed to get more grounded, to fully understand the implications of his actions and realize/feel what it could do to his family if he got caught…

    Anyway, sorry for the long drawn out comment, I’ll work on improving my brevity for any future comments.

    Love the show, keep it up guys and gal!

  2. An Atheist says:

    Ed said in this episode that if asked ‘a year from now’, they would be able to publicly share details about what happened at the White House meeting. Since we’re now past the one-year point, it would be interesting if you could revisit this topic.

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