A member of Congress who fervently advocates separation between state and religion is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, the co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, is the author of the gripping new book Unthinkable. Raskin writes about being in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, when it was under assault, then becoming House manager of President Trump’s second impeachment. And these momentous events occurred right after the death of his beloved son, Tommy. Raskin speaks about all this on the show, as well as the Christian nationalist roots of the insurrection and about Thomas Paine, who he named his son after and for whom he has introduced a bill to authorize a Washington, D.C., memorial.
“I wrote the book as a love letter to my son, and it also became a love letter to my country, too,” Raskin tells “Freethought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. “It was a very intense 50-day period I lived through with my family, losing Tommy on the last day of 2020. We had our graveside service on Tuesday, January the 5th. And on Wednesday, Jan. 6, one week after we lost Tommy, was, of course, the violent insurrection at the Capitol and Donald Trump’s attempted coup against the government to overthrow the presidential election and Joe Biden’s majority in the Electoral College.”
If you don’t live in the quarter-plus viewership of the nation where the show broadcasts on Sunday, you can already catch the interview on the “Freethought Matters” playlist on FFRF’s YouTube channel. New shows go up every Thursday. You can also receive notifications when we post new episodes of “Freethought Matters” by subscribing to FFRF’s YouTube channel.
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- Los Angeles, KCOP-MY (Ch. 13), Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
- Madison, Wis., WISC-TV (Ch. 3), Sundays at 11 p.m.
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- 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.
- San Francisco, KICU-IND (Ch. 36), Sundays at 10 a.m.
- Seattle, KONG-IND (Ch. 16 or Ch. 106 on Comcast). Sundays at 8 a.m.
- Washington, D.C., WDCW-CW (Ch. 50 or Ch. 23 or Ch. 3), Sundays at 8 a.m.
Upcoming shows will include interviews with “This Is Us” star Jon Huertas, illustrious illustrator Edward Sorel and freethinker and sculptor Zenos Frudakis, who is creating a memorial to Paine. “Freethought Matters” is now in its sixth season. To watch earlier shows, including an interview with freethinker and feminist icon Gloria Steinem, visit the “Freethought Matters” playlist on FFRF’s YouTube channel. Please tune in to “Freethought Matters” . . . because freethought matters.
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