Freethought Radio -- October 17, 2019

Freethought is Trending

FFRF's Ron Reagan ad ran twice during the Democratic debate this week, and is really trending on social media and in the press. We push back against Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's egregious "Christian nationalist" speeches last week. Then we hear U.S. Representative Mark Pocan — a member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus — tell the shocking story that propelled him into activism.

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Freethought Radio -- October 10, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of FFRF's victory over religion in West Virginia public schools. FFRF's Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel explains why we have filed an ethics complaint over the Texas judge who gave a bible to convicted murderer Amber Guyger. Then we talk with Therrin Wilson, an atheist college student whose face is on FFRF's billboard in Knoxville, Tenn., about how he overcame poverty, homelessness, and near-blindness to study to become an optometrist.

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Freethought Radio -- October 3, 2019

Imagine No Religion

In the week of the birthday anniversary of John Lennon, our program examines the concept of “Imagine no religion" from several angles. Freethought Radio features Congress’ lone “out” nonbeliever — U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, in a fascinating interview in which he talks about being an ex-Mormon, the inside story on congressional issues regarding separation of state and church, and why he founded the Congressional Freethought Caucus. The show also examines new developments in the rise of Hindu nationalism in India, during this birth week of Gandhi.

FFRF Director of Communications Amit Pal, an expert on the phenomenon, is interviewed briefly by solo host Annie Laurie Gaylor.  In the news segment, Freethought Radio excerpts TV news coverage of several major FFRF victories and recounts FFRF’s newest national complaint over the judge in the Amber Guyger trial forcing a bible on her and instructing which passages to read. We play a poignant version of “Imagine,” arranged by Native American composer Brent Michael Davids on flute, with Lenape tribe member and absentee host Dan Barker accompanying on piano. The show contains passages of music not only by Lennon, but by nonreligious classical composer Guiseppe Verdi, also born this week in history.

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Freethought Radio -- September 26, 2019

Crazy Little Thing

We report recent FFRF legal victories, announce winners of the Graduate Student Essay contest and analyze President Trump's theocratic remarks before the United Nations. After hearing Sammy Davis, Jr. sing "It Ain't Necessarily So" by George Gershwin (whose birthday is today), we talk with cartoonist Graham Sale, whose new book is called Crazy Little Thing Called Love: 100% Politically Incorrect God Cartoons.

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Freethought Radio -- September 19, 2019

People of Color Beyond Belief

¡Adios a Dios! After reporting some state/church victories around the country, we talk with Mandisa Thomas, founder and president of Black Nonbelievers, about the historic "Women of Color Beyond Belief" conference she is organizing in Chicago on October 4-6. Then we interview David Tamayo, founder and president of Hispanic American Freethinkers, about his public debate on biblical morality (the first-ever in Spanish) in Puerto Rico against an evangelical minister.

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Freethought Radio -- September 12, 2019

No Hell Below Us

FFRF's TV ads are censored in some places, accepted in others. FFRF's South Dakota billboards challenge "In God We Trust." We hear the debut of Dan Barker's song in Spanish, "Es Solo Natural." After talking with FFRF attorney Chris Line about a number of state-church victories in Southern schools, we interview the winner of the Michael Hakeem Memorial College Student Essay Contest, Jack Buchanan, about why he now agrees with John Lennon that there is "no hell below us."

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Freethought Radio -- September 5, 2019

Ex-Muslim Amnesty

Congressman Jared Huffman comes under fire for defending freedom of conscience on FFRF's "Freethought Matters" TV show. Victory in Fresno, California, public schools. Scholarships and awards to freethinkers of color. After hearing the song "Salt Lake City Blues," written by ex-Mormon cartoonist Steve Benson and Dan Barker, we talk with Egyptian freethinker Omar Makram who, after rejecting Islam and religion, had to flee his country and fight to gain amnesty in Sweden.

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Freethought Radio -- August 29, 2019

Empty the Pews

Andrew Seidel and Liz Cavell, two FFRF attorneys, fill in this week to host Freethought Radio and discuss Andrew's Messin' with Texas tour. The Democratic National Committee recognized the contribution and value of nonreligious Americans, while a federal court declared that discrimination against atheists is permissible. We interview Chrissy Stroop, a writer, activist, and EXvangelical about her work and forthcoming book, Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church.

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Freethought Radio -- August 22, 2019

Our Non-Christian Nation

Christian nationalists are stepping up their attack on American values. We talk about Planned Parenthood, El Salvador, a San Jose (CA) grant to a Christian school, and the new federal rule to allow taxpayer-funded religious discrimination. Then law professor, author and humorist Jay Wexler describes his new "road-trip" book, Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans, and Others are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life.

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Freethought Radio -- August 15, 2019

Leaving The Witness

FFRF legal fellow Chris Line tells us about religious intrusion in Mississippi public schools. FFRF co-president Dan Barker makes the connection between his American Indian tribe (Delaware, Lenape) and the Christian cross on the county seal in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. After hearing the Rupert Brooke poem set to music, "Heaven" (envisioning the afterlife from the point of view of a fish), we talk with Amber Scorah, author of the fascinating new book Leaving The Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life.

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Freethought Radio -- August 8, 2019

The Family

"Thoughts and prayers" do not stop bullets. However, Fox News and the Catholic League are blaming the recent mass shootings on godlessness. We report on our loss in federal court that allows a Christian cross to remain on a county seal. Then we speak with author/journalist Jeff Sharlet, about the new Netflix mini-series "The Family," debuting August 9, based on Jeff's book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power.

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August 1

Dying Out Loud

"In God We Trust" has been mandated to be displayed prominently in South Dakota public schools, and FFRF is complaining about it. We talk with Jacob McGee, a winner in FFRF's High-School student essay contest. Then we interview former evangelical pastor of 37 years, Dave Warnock — who is now an atheist who has worked with The Clergy Project, and who has just been diagnosed with ALS — about his "Dying Out Loud" campaign regarding how a nonbeliever deals with a terminal illness.

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Freethought Radio -- July 25, 2019

Christian Nationalism Exposed

We take a lighthearted look at the freethinking credentials of actress/comedian Maya Rudolph, whose birthday is next week. Co-host Annie Laurie Gaylor provides a first-hand account of attending the State Department’s Ministerial on Religious Liberty last week, where seculars were an endangered species. FFRF Director of Communications Amit Pal, who co-hosts in Dan Barker’s absence, fills us in on FFRF’s latest breaking news. Then we interview the remarkable Aline Pham, 17, winner of FFRF’s annual essay competition for high school seniors, who tells us why she relies on herself, not a god. After that, Andrew L. Seidel, Director of Strategic Response, explores the sinister nature of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s new Commission on Unalienable Rights.

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Freethought Radio -- July 18, 2019

Teach the children

We mourn the death of former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and celebrate the anniversary of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention which led to woman's suffrage. Freethinkers of color are encouraged to "come out of the closet." After hearing some of Dan Barker's early Christian songs that he wrote for children, we talk with Marian Wiggins, former senior editor for Gospel Light, a publisher of Christian Sunday School and Vacation Bible School curricula, who used to work with Dan and who has also left the faith and is now a freethinker.

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Freethought Radio -- July 11, 2019

Nontheistic Invocations

The Texas "JESUS" sign finally comes down. Coach-led prayer is stopped in Pennsylvania and Georgia. We talk with Shiv Shah, one of the winners of FFRF's high-school essay contest. Then we are joined by FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert as we interview David Williamson, the lead plaintiff in the victorious federal appeals court decision handed down this week declaring that the Brevard County, Fla., Commissioners violated the U.S. Constitution by barring nontheistic invocations.

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Freethought Radio -- July 4, 2019

Future Speak

We celebrate the 4th of July by honoring the radical Declaration, our secular Constitution, the freethinking founders such as Thomas Paine, and the feminist Frances Wright. We hear the Stephen Foster (born July 4, 1826) song "Some Folks Do." Then we speak with the award-winning jazz pianist Addison Frei about his life as a freethinking composer and performer, and his albums (such as Future Speak) that not only entertain but advocate for reason, science, and equality.

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Freethought Radio -- June 27, 2019

The Darkening Age

FFRF attorneys sent more than a thousand letters to public school districts warning of the dangers of bible classes. We complained about an Appleton, Wis., school board member who is a pastor flagrantly mixing religion and government. We talk with FFRF lead attorney Rebecca Markert about the disappointing decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a large Christian cross to remain on public land. Then we interview, by phone from London, journalist and author Catherine Nixey, about her book The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World.

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Freethought Radio -- June 20, 2019

The Trouble With Buddha

Bad news for state/church separation: the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Bladensburg cross to be constitutional, and intolerant right-wing ideologue Tony Perkins (president of the Christian Family Research Council) has ironically been made the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. FFRF's full-page ad in the New York Times challenges the Christian-nationalist attack on reproductive rights. After hearing Ta-Nehisi Coates' reasoned plea for reparations, we talk with author and screenwriter (Bill & Ted movies) Chris Matheson about his video "God's Art Museum" and about his upcoming book, The Buddha's Story.

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Freethought Radio -- June 13, 2019

Rationalist International

We challenge a Tennessee sheriff deputy who preaches that America should follow the biblical law prescribing that homosexuals should be "put to death," and a Tennessee district attorney who uses his religious beliefs to deny equal treatment to the LGBTQ community. Then we speak with the founder and president of Rationalist International, Sanal Edamaruku, who had to flee India to Finland after being accused by the Catholic Church of blasphemy because he exposed a purported miracle of a weeping Jesus statue in Mumbai as nothing more than a leaking water pipe. Sanal tells us about the Rationalist conference in Cambridge, United Kingdom, July 27-28.

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Freethought Radio -- June 6, 2019

Governmental Affairs

Demons on airplanes. Democrats deleting God. Courtroom prayer by judges. Bible classes in public schools. We talk about all of this, and more, plus Icelandic and other international humanists, on today's show. After FFRF Attorney Sam Grover describes our newest lawsuit, challenging a proselytizing judge in Texas, we talk with Mark Dann, FFRF's new Director of Governmental Affairs, a full-time D.C. lobbyist, about how to raise the national profile of freethinkers and the Freedom From Religion Foundation in order to promote secular legislation that honors the separation of state and church.

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Freethought Radio -- May 30, 2019

Abortion and Religion

What does the bible really say about abortion? Annie Laurie Gaylor and FFRF attorney Liz Cavell answer that question. Then, on the first anniversary of the successful May 2018 referendum to overturn Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion, we talk on the phone from Dublin with feminist and LGBTQ activist Ailbhe Smyth, one of the main organizers of Together For Yes, which successfully campaigned to repeal the Irish Eighth Amendment.

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Freethought Radio -- May 23, 2019

Religious Nationalism on the Rise

This week, we talk about the Religious Right assault on abortion rights, and what we can do about it. After hearing a hilarious "Practicing Atheist" monologue by Irish comedian Dave Allen, we talk on the phone from Mumbai, India, with Irfan Engineer, director of the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism, about the disappointing results of the recent national election in India, bringing Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi back into power on May 23.

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Freethought Radio -- May 16, 2019

Unfriendly Faith

The Alabama abortion bill, motivated by religious dogma, is in the news this week. FFRF's legal fellow Chris Line tells us about a state/church victory in Pennsylvania stopping "God Bless America" broadcast in a public school, and about a Texas county that displays Christian crosses on its courthouse. Then we speak with author, activist and award-winning journalist Janet Heimlich, founder of Child-Friendly Faith and co-host of the "Parenting Beyond Belief" podcast, about her book Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, and about the "horrific" abuse at a Christian Texas ranch for at-risk children occurring over many decades.

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Freethought Radio -- May 9, 2019

The Founding Myth

What happened in Poland could happen here. Christian Nationalists are proposing and passing laws to outlaw abortion in many states. We listen to part of Georgia State Sen. Jen Jordan's impassioned remarks in opposition to the fetal-heartbeat bill, and Governor Brian Kemp's anti-choice remarks when he signed the bill into law. After hearing the 1941 song "One Life To Live," written by freethinking songwriters Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, we talk with constitutional attorney Andrew Seidel, who is FFRF's Director of Strategic Response, about his new book The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American.

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Freethought Radio -- May 2, 2019

Evangelical Intrusion

We analyze President Trump's Christian nationalist remarks during the unconstitutional National Day of Prayer kickoff. After applauding Kansas for protecting women's right to abortion, we hear Pete Seeger's irreverent take on the song "Gimme That Old Time Religion." Then we talk with U.K. journalist Nandini Archer, who worked on Open Democracy's recent eye-opening report: "Revealed: Trump-linked U.S. Christian 'fundamentalists' pour millions of 'dark money' into Europe, boosting the far right."

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Freethought Radio -- April 25, 2019

The Fight Continues

We unveil an appealing new digital media campaign featuring three remarkable winners of FFRF’s 2018 student of color freethought essay competition. Then we talk about FFRF’s actions related to Ark Park school field trips, more Ten Commandments displays in schools and the true health hazard of measles spread by religious misinformation. Absentee co-host Dan Barker makes a statement about Barker v. Conroy, which permits the U.S. House to continue to exclude secular invocations by atheists. FFRF Communications Director Amitabh Pal joins co-host Annie Laurie Gaylor in interviewing Frederick Clarkson, a senior research analyst who uncovered the Christian supremacist plot known as Project Blitz, to legislate theocracy at the state level. Tune in to find out his advice about how to fight these theocratic inroads.

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Freethought Radio -- April 18, 2019

Latter Day Saint to Latter Day Ain’t

Happy birthday and Happy Earthday to Mother Earth! The show discusses how FFRF got a cross relocated from public to private land, and warns about anti-abortion legislative inroads threatening Roe v. Wade. Annie Laurie talks to FFRF in-house counsel Andrew Seidel, director of strategic response, about a bizarre twist in one of FFRF’s concluded major court victories. Then, for a change of pace, she briefly interviews co-host Dan Barker, who’s on the road, about the 23 talks or debates he’s done for FFRF in the last three months all around the United States. Major guest Steve Benson, who was the Arizona Republic’s Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for 38 years, talks about going from a “latter-day saint to latter day ain’t” and about the irreverent cartoons he’s now drawing for FFRF. Featured composer: atheist Sergei Prokofiev (born April 23, 1891).

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Freethought Radio -- April 11, 2019

Days of Atheism

We recap the diverse international conference, “Days of Atheism” held in Poland in March, including the commemoration of the 330th anniversary of the execution of Polish writer Kazimierz Lyszczynski for atheism. In honor of Daniel C. Dennett, who visited FFRF’s office last week, we play Irving Berlin’s rousing 1922 song, “Pack of Your Sins and Go to the Devil." Then we talk with author, professor and clinical psychiatrist Hector A. Garcia about his new book Sex, Power, and Partisanship: How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide.

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Freethought Radio -- April 4, 2019

Touching on Numerous Issues

In this week's show, guest-hosted by FFRF Communications Director Amit Pal, we first touch on a number of events in the news, ranging from the international to the national to recent Wisconsin election results. We then talk with FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover about how the term "religious freedom" is being currently used and misused. We conclude with an interview with documentarian Mary Dore, the director of a film on the early women's rights movement, She's Beautiful When She's Angry, on how and why she made the movie and its relevance to the state of women's rights today.

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Freethought Radio -- March 28, 2019

Filipino Freethinkers

We celebrate the March 29 birthdate of Monty Python’s Eric Idle by playing two of his irreverent songs. In the news segment, we talk about the upcoming international atheist gathering in Warsaw, Poland, FFRF’s new scholarship competition for law students and the threat of legislation intended to ban abortion in the United States. Then Dan Barker interviews Red Tani, founder of Filipino Freethinkers, who talks about the challenges of promoting science, reason and women’s rights in a country so heavily dominated by the Catholic Church.

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Freethought Radio -- March 21, 2019

Post-Roe America

FFRF constitutional attorney Ryan Jayne tells us about his testimony in Missouri opposing a bill that would disallow plaintiffs from filing anonymously in state/church lawsuits. Tax professor Adam Chodorow explains what is wrong with the recent Seventh Circuit decision overturning FFRF’s victory in the “housing allowance” lawsuit challenging special tax privileges for clergy. Then we speak with author, journalist and activist Robin Marty about her new book Handbook for a Post-Roe America. 

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Freethought Radio -- March 14, 2019

African Freethought on the Rise

Oral arguments took place this week in the case FFRF, Americans United, and the ACLU are defending before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over a Florida county that bars atheists from invocations. Hear our reaction to President Trump signing bibles for Alabama tornado victims, and listen to Annie Laurie’s complaint over discrimination against menstruating women worldwide. After hearing the Yip Harburg song “One Sweet Morning,” we talk on the phone from Ghana with Roslyn Mould, the Coordinator of the West African Humanist Network.

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Freethought Radio -- March 7, 2019

May Reason Prevail

FFRF’s director of strategic response, Andrew L. Seidel, joins host Annie Laurie Gaylor for a lively dissection of the oral arguments last week in the Supreme Court’s Bladensburg cross case, including excerpts of the arguments and Andrew’s eyewitness impressions. Then, they interview David Steketee about his exciting win Monday in FFRF’s successful challenge of billions of tax dollars for church repairs, in clear violation of the N.J. state Constitution. This week, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of FFRF’s victory, making it final. Then we play a rousing, timely pep talk on the recent threats to secular government by Larry Decker, until recently the executive director of Secular Coalition for America, who spoke at FFRF’s 2018 annual convention. By the way, you’ll hear musical teasers of Ravel, an atheist who was born on March 7, 1875. We also give a shoutout to International Women’s Day and the anniversary of the landmark McCollum v. Board of Education case (both on March 8.)

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Freethought Radio -- February 28, 2019

Why Millions are Leaving Islam

We review major news of the week: The pope blaming Satan instead of the church for child abusers within its ranks; oral arguments in the Bladensburg cross case before the Supreme Court; the 4th anniversary of the murder of atheist author Avijit Roy by Islamist terrorists, and the Trump Administration’s new assault against Planned Parenthood. Cheryl Kolbe, director of FFRF’s Portland chapter, joins us to talk about how she just persuaded Portland’s city council to give nonbelievers protected status. Then “Why I Am Not a Muslim” author Ibn Warraq tells us more about atheism and freethought in the Muslim world and why millions are leaving Islam.

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Freethought Radio -- February 21, 2019

Women of Nonbelief

We celebrate Black History Month by hearing Nina Simone sing "I Ain't Got no God" in the song "Ain't Got No," and by talking with Mandisa Thomas, founder and president of Black Nonbelievers, who tells us about the upcoming "Women of Color Beyond Belief" conference in Chicago. Then we speak with Polish atheist, feminist and activist Nina Sankari, vice-president of the Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation, about the "Days of Atheism" conference next month in Warsaw.

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Freethought Radio -- February 14, 2019

Holy Hierarchy

We give a Bronx cheer to Trump's religious remarks at the State of the Union and the National Prayer Breakfast, but we give a real cheer to Black History Month by celebrating Butterfly McQueen and Frederick Douglass. After hearing a Valentine's Day love song, "The Man I Love" (written by the nonbelieving Gershwin brothers, and sung by Dan's mother when she was a teenager), we talk with author and filmmaker Jeremiah Camara about his new documentary movie, Holy Hierarchy: The Religious Roots of Racism in America.

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Freethought Radio -- February 7, 2019

The Art of Thinking Freely

Good news: Michigan's newly elected Attorney General Dana Nessel removed the state from three amicus briefs opposing FFRF lawsuits. After we analyze the National Prayer Breakfast and the Christian-nationalist "Project Blitz" strategy to inject religion into state governments, we hear Susan Hofer sing Dan Barker's love ballad “It's Only Natural" in honor of Darwin's birthday on Feb. 12. Then we talk with Professor Andrew S. Curran, author of the new book Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely about the 18th-century's most famous atheist, the French encyclopedist Denis Diderot.

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Freethought Radio -- January 31, 2019

Speak of the Devil

Our 666th (!) episode is a hell of a show. We announce billboards asking people to "Leave the Church" during Catholic Education week, and describe our legal brief encouraging the Supreme Court to prohibit a huge Christian cross on city property. After hearing the 1922 Irving Berlin song "Pack Up Your Sins and Go To The Devil in Hades," we talk with Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for the secular state/church activist group, The Satanic Temple.

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Freethought Radio -- January 24, 2019

The Rise of Hindu Nationalism

FFRF's Director of Strategic Response and Constitutional attorney Andrew Seidel tells us about our recent final victory in our five-year federal lawsuit challenging prayer and preaching at the Chino Valley, California, school board. After hearing the song "Reincarnation," words by cowboy poet Wallace D. McRae and music by Dan Barker, we talk with FFRF's Director of Communications Amit Pal about the rise of Hindu nationalism in India, with alarming parallels to the push for Christian nationalism in the United States.

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Freethought Radio -- January 17, 2019

Sex and the Constitution

FFRF and other secular groups are protesting the Attorney General nomination of William Barr, a religious extremist who disrespects secularists and state/church separation. During this anniversary week of Roe v Wade (January 22, 1973), we celebrate the life of Margaret Sanger by hearing Dan Barker's song "No Gods, No Masters." Then we talk with University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone about his book Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century.

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Freethought Radio -- January 10, 2019

Standing up, speaking out

We recap FFRF’s impressive legal statistics for 2018 (1,060 formal complaint letters to erring government officials ending 315 state/church violations!). FFRF’s Robert G. Ingersoll Legal Fellow Colin McNamara briefly joins us to recount the ruckus his complaint over religious displays is creating in Camden, Mo. The rest of the program is devoted to a never-before-broadcast interview of the fascinating, freethinking, feminist and feisty Cecile Richards, formerly head of Planned Parenthood, before an audience of 1,000 freethinkers. Tune in to hear what it was like growing up in Texas as the daughter of Gov. Ann Richards, Cecile’s first state/church protest in sixth grade, how Jared Kushner tried to “bribe” Planned Parenthood to stop providing abortions and why Cecile thinks patriarchy might be in its last gasp. P.S. As a bonus, we play a bit of “Sandan Shuffle,” by saxophonist Virginia Mayhew, granddaughter of Ansel Adams and daughter of longtime FFRF member Anne Helms.

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Freethought Radio -- January 3, 2019

Nonbelief in Nigeria

FFRF’s lead attorney Rebecca Markert tells us about our recent victory by the Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, who refused to rehear their decision declaring unconstitutional the practice of the Chino Hills (California) School Board opening sessions with prayer. After hearing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declare that Christians should fight marriage equality "until the Rapture," we listen to folksinger Malvina Reynolds perform "This World." Then we speak with Nigerian activist and scholar Leo Igwe, who tells us about next week's humanism convention in Abuja, "Leaving Religion: Risks, Challenges and Opportunities," and the dangers nonbelievers face in that country.

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Freethought Radio -- December 27, 2018

Looking For Lorraine

Princeton professor Imani Perry tells us about her new biography, Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant Life of Lorraine Hansberry, about the artist/activist/freethinking author of the play and movie Raisin In The Sun, who was the first Black woman to have a play on Broadway. We celebrate the New Year on a relaxing but irreverent note by hearing some songs written by Eric Idle of Monty Python, and a beautiful rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” performed by Scottish balladeer Jim Malcolm.

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Freethought Radio -- December 20, 2018

Solstice Tribute

During this week of the Winter Solstice, we rejoice in a federal court victory. FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott tells us about the positive decision in our legal challenge to bible classes in West Virginia public elementary schools. After hearing some "holiday humor," Christmas jokes, and irreverent seasonal songs (including Tom Lehrer's "A Christmas Song" and Roy Zimmerman's "Christmas is Pain"), we explain the real reason for the season and listen to Tim Minchin's "White Wine in the Sun" and Dan Barker's "Solstice Tribute."

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Freethought Radio -- December 13, 2018

Losing Our Religion

We celebrate the December 15 “Bill of Rights” Day. FFRF Legal Assistant Whitney Steffen tells us about the many “Winter Solstice” and “Bill of Rights” displays that FFRF members are erecting around the county to counter the Christian nativity scenes on public property. Then we talk with Leslea Mair, co-director, producer, and writer of the beautiful new documentary “Losing Our Religion,” about ministers who have lost their faith.

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Freethought Radio -- December 6, 2018

If it quacks like a . . .

This week’s guest is feminist-topical singer/songwriter Kristin Lems, who will perform one of her classic songs and a new song about Trump (“Like a Duck”). Tune in to learn more about a surprising First Amendment violation halted speedily in Illinois by FFRF constitutional attorney Ryan Jayne. The show includes a first-hand report on the International Conference on Sharia, Segregation & Secularism, a comment about Einstein’s “ungodly” auctioned letter, and a recap of FFRF’s irreverent Winter Solstice displays countering Christian nativity scenes in public forums around the U.S. Outro music includes a selection of songs with lyrics written by the thoroughly secular Ira Gershwin, in honor of his Dec. 6 birthday.

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Freethought Radio -- November 29, 2018

The Value of Telling The Truth

Twelve-year-old author Bailey Harris, who started writing her first book when she was eight, speaks at FFRF's annual convention in San Francisco on November 2, telling us how she came to write the freethought children's book My Name Is Stardust. Then we hear the actor, director and producer John de Lancie (who played "Q" on Star Trek: The Next Generation) explain to our convention audience "The value of telling the truth."

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Freethought Radio -- November 22, 2018

Give Thanks Where Thanks is Due

We have a victory to report in Colorado and a victory to defend in Florida. After hearing 19th-century Robert G. Ingersoll's 1897 "Thanksgiving Sermon,” the 21st-century comedian Leighann Lord gives us "Six things to argue about at Thanksgiving other than politics." Then we talk with the first winner of FFRF's new "Avijit Roy Courage Award," Rasel Ahmed, co-editor of Bangladesh's first and only LGBTQ magazine who had to leave the country to seek asylum in the United States because of threats to his life.

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Freethought Radio -- November 15, 2018

Escape From Pentecostalism

We announce a new lawsuit challenging the creation of a Christian chaplaincy in Wisconsin's Department of Justice. After exposing the dangerous Christian nationalism of the acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (appointed by President Trump to replace Jeff Sessions), we talk with FFRF's new Editorial Assistant Bailey Nachreiner-Mackesey about the Trump administration's latest assault on women's health care. Then we interview former Pentecostal Jessica Wilbanks about her poignant new memoir, When I Spoke in Tongues: A Story of Faith and Its Loss.

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Freethought Radio -- November 8, 2018

Secular Invasion

Just returning from our national convention in San Francisco, we hear the Moment of Bedlam at the annual Nonprayer Breakfast and hear parts of speeches by actor John de Lancie, Secular Coalition for America director Larry Decker, U.S. Representative (Ca.) Jared Huffman, and comedian Leighann Lord. After hearing Dan Barker's song "The Freethought Blues," we talk with Maryam Namazie, who is organizing the "International Sharia, Segregation & Secularism" conference in London this month.

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Freethought Radio -- November 1, 2018

Heresy Trial

FFRF lead attorney Rebecca Markert, celebrating 10 years at FFRF, updates us on the legal department's past year of litigation and non-litigation victories for state/church separation. After hearing Joni Mitchell sing "Big Yellow Taxi" and Dan Barker sing "Bread & Roses" (in honor of Annie Laurie's birthday), we talk with United Church of Canada pastor Gretta Vosper, an open atheist and author of With Or Without God, who is undergoing a "heresy trial" even though her congregation wants her to remain in the pulpit.

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Freethought Radio -- October 25, 2018

Make Trouble

This week we discuss the oral arguments in two federal cases by FFRF: Barker v. Conroy, in DC Circuit Court of Appeals, dealing with discrimination by the chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Gaylor v. Mnuchin, in Chicago's 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, dealing with FFRF's challenge of the IRS code that allows ministers to exclude their "housing allowance" from income. Then we talk with Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood, about her new book, Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story.

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