Award-winning bestselling author John Irving is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show this Sunday.
Irving has written 15 books, including The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany and The Hotel New Hampshire. He’s won the National Book Award, the O. Henry Award and a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his script of The Cider House Rules. His new novel is The Last Chairlift, his first book in seven years, which is being described as a ghost story and a love story spanning eight decades of sexual politics. FFRF offered Irving the Emperor Has No Clothes award after his column, “The Long Cruel History of the Anti-Abortion Crusade,” was published by The New York Times back in June 2019. Irving wrote: “We are free to practice the religion of our choice, and we are protected from having someone else’s religion practiced on us. Freedom of religion in the United States also means freedom from religion.” Irving received the award at the group’s convention last month.
“I never felt that Roe v. Wade was safe or I never felt it would be safe, even when it was new,” Irving tells “Freethought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. “I believe that my friends who believe that abortion rights were now a done deal were kidding themselves, and we had to stand on guard. The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe, what those Republican justices did is so much more in step with the Vatican than it is with the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
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Upcoming shows will feature the ACLU’s Dan Mach, abortion provider Amy Hagstrom Miller, Andrew Seidel talking about his new book American Crusade and 11-year-old Elle Harris, author of Elle the Humanist. This fall season already contains must-see interviews with “Star Trek” actor John “Q” de Lancie, acclaimed thinker Professor Daniel Dennett, Texas iconoclast Jim Hightower (who received FFRF’s 2022 Clarence Darrow Award at its recent convention), leading constitutional abortion rights expert Professor Geoffrey
Stone and atheist Washington Post columnist Kate Cohen.
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