Category Archives: gay rights

October 4 in freethought history…

October 4, 1989 – British comedian Graham Chapman dies in Maidstone, Kent, England, aged 48. A core member of the Monty Python troupe, Chapman played the title character in the religiously controversial 1979 film Life of Brian. A few weeks after … Continue reading

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August 27 in freethought history…

August 27, 1963 – Author, academic and African-American activist W. E. B. Du Bois dies in Ghana, aged 95. He was a co-founder of the NAACP and the author of such highly regarded works as The Souls of Black Folk and Black Reconstruction in … Continue reading

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August 24 in freethought history…

August 24, 1957 – Actor and comedian Stephen Fry is born in Hampstead, United Kingdom. During his (thus far) 34-year career, Fry has shown himself to be an accomplished entertainer in theatre, movies, television, radio and more. He is also … Continue reading

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August 3 in freethought history…

August 3, 1900 – John T. Scopes is born in Paducah, Kentucky. Scopes was at the center of the 1925 “Scopes Monkey Trial,” in which he was ultimately convicted of teaching evolution in violation of Tennessee law. Scopes died in … Continue reading

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Podcast #229 – Blowback on Same-Sex Marriage

We look at the ongoing blowback–at the state and local levels–against Obergefell v Hodges, in which the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is constitutional. Specifically, we look at the refusal by two county clerks–Casey Davis in Casey County and … Continue reading

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Podcast #228 – Jiggery-Pokery with a Side of Applesauce

We discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, with special attention to the bitter dissents seemingly aimed at delegitimizing the Court itself. We also look at the more-or-less predictible reactions by conservative politicians and pundits. Events are unfolding … Continue reading

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Podcast #224 – Alice Dreger (Galileo’s Middle Finger)

We interview Dr. Alice Dreger, author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, in which she discusses recent controversies involving bioethics researchers and activists—herself included. Dr. Dreger is the professor of Clinical Medical Humanities and Bioethics at the … Continue reading

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Podcast #221 – Dollars for Dollar

Prosperity con-man Creflo Dollar is asking his followers for $60 million so he can buy a new luxury jet. Apparently souls can’t be saved using business class. Meanwhile… Thomas Dunn, a member of the Leesburg, Virginia town council, apparently downplays … Continue reading

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Podcast #219 – National Prayer Breakfast 2015

President Obama disappoints (again) with his attendance at the “National” Prayer Breakfast, but… his observations on Christianity’s checkered past and comments urging tolerance and humility have conservatives in a snit. Yay. Plus: Now that a federal court has cleared the … Continue reading

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Podcast #218 – SCOTUS to Tackle Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court will finally hear arguments on two issues: whether states have the right to ban gay marriage, and whether states must recognize out-of-state gay marriages under the full faith and credit clause of the Constitution. We’ll know by … Continue reading

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