Category Archives: military

Podcast #250 – Mary Roach (Grunt)

Whoo-hoo! It’s our 250th episode! We’ll celebrate by continuing to put out some more episodes. Meanwhile, we interview Mary Roach, whose latest book is Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War (available in hardcover, audiobook and for Kindle). Roach is … Continue reading

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April 22 in freethought history…

April 22, 1864 – The US Congress passes the Coinage Act of 1864, changing the composition of the one-cent coin and authorizing the production of a new two-cent coin featuring the phrase “In God We Trust”–the first time such wording … Continue reading

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October 25 in freethought history…

October 25, 2006 – Philip K. Paulson dies in San Diego, California. Paulson was a U.S. Army combat veteran of the Vietnam War who, as an atheist, was the lead plaintiff in a series of lawsuits to remove a Christian … Continue reading

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May 29 in freethought history…

May 29, 1998 – Former US Senator and 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater dies, aged 89. A lifelong Episcopalian, Goldwater was not especially pious, declaring, “If a man acts in a religious way, an ethical way, then he’s really … Continue reading

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Rick Perry is Strong. Bullshit Strong.

Good grief. Rick Perry is losing support among likely Republican voters, polling just ahead of herpes Rick Santorum. What’s a fella to do? Why, play the religion card, of course! Here’s “Strong,” the new TV ad he’s running in Iowa. … Continue reading

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The War Prayer

So I’m getting ready for my March 20th presentation to the Humanists of Georgia, in which I’ll be talking about Mark Twain’s freethought legacy.  In doing a little research this morning, I stumbled across this excellent animated dramatization of Twain’s … Continue reading

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Podcast #106 – Listener Feedback

Boy, do we get feedback!  We’re wrong about the Tea Party, the Great “Enlightenment,” bleeping out curse words, and the authorship/timing of both the Qur’an and the New Testament.  On the other hand, some listeners think we are “awesome” and … Continue reading

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Podcast #105 – Jeff Sharlet (C Street)

We interview Jeff Sharlet, author of C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, a follow-up to The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.  The Family, you may recall, is a secretive and radical Christian group … Continue reading

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Podcast #104 – The Tillman Story

We discuss the new documentary The Tillman Story, which exposes the massive cover-up of the death by friendly fire of pro football player-turned soldier Pat Tillman.  Was his death a tragic mistake, or the result of a malicious “fragging”?  It … Continue reading

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Podcast #102 – The Chaplain and the Atheist

We discuss journalist Michael M. Phillips’ Wall Street Journal article “A Chaplain and an Atheist Go to War.”  It’s the story of Navy Chaplain Terry Moran (a fundamentalist and Young Earth Creationist) and his bodyguard Religious Programs Specialist 2nd Class … Continue reading

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