Acclaimed actor and nontheist Jon Huertas, who has played key parts in memorable TV serials, is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday.
For the past six seasons, Huertas has starred as Miguel Rivas on NBC’s critically praised award-winning series “This Is Us.” Audiences also know him as the tough but affable detective Javier Esposito on ABC’s hit dramedy “Castle” and from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” Huertas gave a standout performance as Sergeant Tony “Poke” Espera in the HBO miniseries “Generation Kill,” which he calls the most meaningful role of his career because he’s a veteran himself (he served for eight years in the Air Force). In addition to his 27-year acting career, Huertas is a filmmaker who has formed the production company In Development.
“Nontheist or humanist is usually what I call myself,” Huertas tells “Freethought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. “Religion gives people an out so they don’t take responsibility for the good that they do in their lives to cause good in their lives or when something not so good happens in their lives, that they can blame it on something else other than maybe their own actions or just chance. Humans are better than we give ourselves credit for. We have it in us to solve world hunger, to keep the planet from destroying itself.”
As a special treat, the show is broadcasting a short recording of Huertas’ meaningful remarks at a Secular Day of the Dead event.
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 through the end of the spring season. (In June, the show goes on hiatus until the first Sunday in September.) You can also receive notifications when we post new episodes of “Freethought Matters” by subscribing to FFRF’s YouTube channel.
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- Chicago, WPWR-CW (Ch. 50), Sundays at 9 a.m.
- Denver, KWGN-CW (Ch. 2), Sundays at 7 a.m.
- Houston, KIAH-CW (Ch. 39), Sundays at 11 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, Digital Channel 5.5), Sundays at 9:30 a.m. (Digital channel 5.2 has been dropped.)
- New York City, WPIX-IND (Ch. 11), Sundays at 10 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.
- 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.
The final show of the spring season (before “Freethought Matters” takes its hiatus) next week is a special on-location chat with sculptor Zenos Frudakis in his Pennsylvania studio. Among the highlighted sculptures is a memorial to Thomas 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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