Category Archives: gay rights

Podcast #246 – Win Some, Lose Some vs RFRA

So-called Religious Freedom Restorations Acts are meeting with mixed success at the state level. RFRAs are ostensibly about protecting religious freedom, but they’re really just pandering to religious conservatives who want to discriminate against the hated gays (just like Jesus would have). … Continue reading

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March 21 in freethought history…

March 21, 1925 – Tennessee Governor Austin Peay signs the Butler Act, a state law prohibiting school teachers “to teach any theory that denies the Story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead … Continue reading

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Podcast #242 – Matthew O’Neil on Bible Sex

We interview Matthew O’Neil about his new book What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn’t Say) about Sex. Matthew is an activist, theologian, and teacher. He has his MA in theology from Saint Michael’s College with graduate certification in Mediation … Continue reading

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Podcast #241 – Murdered for Being an Atheist?

We look at three recent cases in which violent perpetrators of excuse their crimes by pointing to their victims atheism. Earlier this month, a woman in Louisville, Kentucky was arrested for savagely beating a disabled man with his own cane, … Continue reading

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Podcast #240 – GOP in Crisis

The Reverend Franklin Graham (prominent Protestant fundamentalist and son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham) says he’s quitting the Republican Party. Why? He says it’s because Republicans aren’t standing on principle. He cites as an example the Republican-dominated US Congress passing a … Continue reading

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November 11 in freethought history…

November 11, 1922 – Kurt Vonnegut, one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century, is born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1922. A lifelong atheist and humanist from a family of freethinkers, Vonnegut was an honorary president of the … Continue reading

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November 10 in freethought history…

November 10, 1793 – The first (and last) national Fête de la Raison (Festival of Reason) is organized by leaders of the French Revolution. Fueled by anti-clericalism, the short-lived Cult of Reason was a civic religion that sought to focus the … Continue reading

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October 26 in freethought history…

October 26, 1880 – The town of Liberal, Missouri was founded as an atheist utopia by freethinker George Walser. Walser’s intention was to provide a religion-free zone. He hoped to attract nonbelievers from far and wide–and he did attract a few. … Continue reading

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October 18 in freethought history…

October 18, 1980 – Rebecca Watson, founder of the Skepchick blog and (until recently) a co-host of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, is born. In addition to her ongoing promotion of scientific skepticism, Watson has led the charge in encouraging diversity … Continue reading

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October 14 in freethought history…

October 14, 1656 - Massachusetts Colony–founded by inhabitants who, according to American mythology, sought “religious freedom”–enacts a law to arrest, whip and banish any Quaker (i.e. members of the Society of Friends, “an accursed and pernicious sect of heretics lately risen … Continue reading

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