Category Archives: religious rights

Podcast 260 – Moore No More

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended without pay from his office until the end of his term, effectively putting an end to his judicial career. Moore becomes (as far as we can tell) the only judge in US … Continue reading

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Podcast #257 – Is Intelligent Design Dead (or Just Regrouping)?

We discuss a recent article by Donald Prothero in Skeptic magazine, in which he looks at the state of the Intelligent Design movement, ten years after its stinging defeat in Kitzmiller v. Dover. The overwhelming majority of scientists are against … Continue reading

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Podcast #254 – Pence and Insensibility

We take a look–from a freethinking and skeptical viewpoint–at Republican Platform 2016, as well as the political positions of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s pick as Vice Presidential running mate. Plus: A new Pew poll shows evangelicals and so-called “nones” falling in … Continue reading

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Podcast #252 – Frank Lambert (Separation of Church and State)

We interview Dr. Franklin T. Lambert, author of Separation of Church and State: Founding Principle of Religious Liberty. In this, his latest book, he corrects the claims of revisionist “historians” like David Barton that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, … Continue reading

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May 5 in freethought history…

May 5, 1921 - Lesbian activist Del Martin is born Dorothy Louise Taliaferro in San Francisco, California. With longtime partner Phyllis Lyon, she co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis (America’s first lesbian organization) in 1955, and in 1964, Martin and Lyon co-founded … Continue reading

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Podcast #247 – Win Some, Lose Some vs RFRA, Part 2

More fallout in the aftermath of North Carolina’s infamous law that prevents local governments from passing LGBT protections. Bruce Springsteen and former Beatle Ringo Starr are among the artists who have cancelled shows in the Tar Heel state. Meanwhile, Mississippi … Continue reading

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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 22 in freethought history…

March 22, 1638 – The Massachussetts Bay Colony expells Anne Hutchinson for religious dissent. She moved with her family and a number of like-minded settlers to what is now Portsmouth, Rhode Island; soon thereafter, when it looked like Massachussetts might … Continue reading

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March 10 in freethought history…

March 10, 1762 – Jean Calas, a merchant wrongly convicted of the murder of his son, is sentenced in Toulouse, France to “death by the wheel.” Calas had already been cruelly tortured by stretching and being forced to drink excessive quantities of water. … Continue reading

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March 8 in freethought history…

March 8, 1948 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules, in McCullom v Board of Education, that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional. The plaintiff–Vashti McCullom, whose son was the student at the center of the case–recounted … Continue reading

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