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SNL alum Julia Sweeney on season’s last “Freethought Matters” this Sunday

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Catch up with actress, comedian and playwright Julia Sweeney, who is interviewed this Sunday on Freedom From Religion Foundation’s last “Freethought Matters” TV show of the season.

“Saturday Night Live” alumna Sweeney is currently co-starring in the TV shows “Shrill” on Hulu and “Work in Progress” (of which she’s also a producer) on Showtime. She is also an honorary director of FFRF and author of several books. She’s creator of the plays God Said Ha! and Letting Go of God. You’ve seen Sweeney in “Pulp Fiction” and “Stuart Little” and on many TV programs, including her memorable portrayal as a nun on “Sex and the City.”

“Freethought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor speak remotely on the program with the cheery comedian from her Los Angeles home, show some clips from her current TV shows and talk to her about her life during the pandemic. There’s a big teaser for viewers, too: Sweeney announces a juicy new role on a hit series with freethinking themes to begin this fall. And she, of course, throws some well-aimed darts at organized religion.

“In the case of the Catholic Church and many other big religions, controlling people was a huge part of it,” Sweeney says on the show. “It’s easier to keep people in power if they believe that somehow God has made the person in power like the pope or whatever.”

This is the last show of the spring season. Freethought Matters is taking a summer hiatus and will be back broadcasting on Sunday, Sept. 6.

You can watch this show instantly on YouTube by clicking here, or on your television in 12 cities Sunday (see listings below).

You will also enjoy catching up with previous episodes of “Freethought Matters.” The first guest in the new season was U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, founder of the Congressional Freethought Caucus. Huffman’s appearance on the show made media waves due to his remarks about his colleague Rep. Liz Cheney’s dogmatic stance on the religious oath. Freethought icon Ron Reagan, world-renowned philosopher Daniel Dennett, acting legend Ed Asner and U.S. Reps. Jamie Raskin and Mark Pocan have recently appeared on the show. Most recently, the show has featured the intellectual power couple Steve Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Most recently, the show has featured the intellectual power couple Steve Pinker and Rebecca Newberger GoldsteinKatherine Stewart, the leading expert on Christian Nationalism in the United States, and agnostic bible scholar Bart Ehrman. Guests on past seasons include former Planned Parenthood director Cecile Richards and a variety of freethought authors and activists. “Freethought Matters” has also shown two classic FFRF movies in recent weeks, the first film exposing religion, and the second one focusing on major state/church U.S. Supreme Court cases.

If you’d prefer to watch it on television, the cities where “Freethought Matters” broadcasts, along with the channels and timings, are listed below:

  • Chicago, WPWR-CW (Ch. 50), Sundays at 9 a.m.
  • Denver, KWGN-CW (Ch. 2), Sundays at 7 a.m.
  • Houston, KUBE-IND (Ch. 57), Sundays at 9 a.m.
  • Los Angeles, KCOP-MY (Ch. 13), Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
  • Madison, Wis., WISC-TV (Ch. 3), Sundays at 11 p.m.
  • Minneapolis, KSTC-IND (Ch. 45), Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
  • New York City, WPIX-IND (Ch. 11), Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
  • Phoenix, KASW-CW (Ch. 61, or 6 or 1006 for HD), Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
  • Portland, Ore., KRCW-CW (Ch. 32), Sundays at 9 a.m. Comcast channel 703 for High Def, or Channel 3.
  • Sacramento, KQCA-MY (Ch. 58), Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
  • Seattle, KONG-IND (Ch. 16 or Ch. 106 on Comcast). Sundays at 8 a.m.
  • Washington, D.C., WDCW-CW (Ch. 50), Sundays at 8 a.m.

The show is currently being produced remotely in  Madison, Wis., by FFRF’s videographer Bruce Johnson, a public television veteran.

Please tune in to “Freethought Matters” . . . because freethought matters.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics), with more than 31,000 members nationwide. FFRF also works as a watchdog guarding the constitutional separation between religion and government.

P.S. Please tune in or record according to the times given above regardless of what is listed in your TV guide (it may be listed simply as “paid programming” or even be misidentified). To set up an automatic weekly recording, try taping manually by time or channel. And spread the word to freethinking friends, family or colleagues about a TV show, finally, that is dedicated to providing programming for freethinkers!