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

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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Freethought Radio -- October 18, 2018

Victimless Crime

"Cleaning up after dogma" is the theme of this week's program. After celebrating the births, lives and irreverence of the late Tom Petty and Ursula K. LeGuin, we'll play an outrageous clip of evangelist Pat Robertson, whitewashing Saudi Arabian abuses. We'll report on two nationally significant FFRF court challenges and other FFRF news. In honor of the upcoming referendum in next week's Irish election to remove blasphemy laws from the Irish Constitution, we'll listen to Dan Barker's song "Beware of Dogma." Then we'll talk with Michael Nugent and Jane Donnelly of Atheist Ireland about their work to remove the archaic and ridiculous blasphemy law from the Irish Constitution.

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Freethought Radio -- October 11, 2018

Creating Change

“Don't mourn — organize!" Those are fitting words by freethinking labor organizer Joe Hill for discouraged secularists after another right-wing justice has joined the Supreme Court. FFRF legal fellow Colin McNamara tells us about the educational letter he helped us send to Kentucky governor Matt Bevin, who has officially encouraged all children to "bring your Bible to school." Then we talk with Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association and author of the book Creating Change Through Humanism.

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Freethought Radio -- October 4, 2018

Supreme Danger

More FFRF state/church victories and school-prayer challenges to report in Georgia and Alabama. After hearing the Joe Hill song "The Preacher and the Slave" (sung by Dan Barker and Kristin Lems), we talk with FFRF attorneys Patrick Elliott and Ryan Jayne, who listened to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's entire initial testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and conclude that his confirmation would be a disaster for the separation of state and church.

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Freethought Radio -- September 27, 2018

Born Criminal

The 2018 evangelical "Values Voter Summit" shows that the religious right has abandoned all pretense of values. FFRF attorney Chris Line tells us about some of his recent state/church victories in Utah, Georgia, and Alabama. Then we talk with biographer Angelica Shirley Carpenter about her new book, the long-overdue first biography of a 19th-century freethinking feminist (who, as L. Frank Baum's mother-in-law, was dubbed "The Mother of Oz"): Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist.

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Freethought Radio -- September 20, 2018

Godless Citizens

FFRF urges the IRS to investigate President Trump’s “spiritual adviser” Paula White over illegal church politicking. Annie Laurie explains how Judge Kavanaugh’s alleged attempted rape mirrors biblical teachings. FFRF urges investigation into Catholic Church sexual crimes against children. After talking with FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne about a New Jersey county petitioning the Supreme Court to overturn our federal victory prohibiting tax dollars from repairing churches, we interview Cornell scholar R. Laurence Moore about the new book he co-authored with Isaac Kramnick called Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic: Atheists in American Public Life.

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Freethought Radio -- September 14, 2018

Freethought Caucus

We have two state/church victories to report. FFRF lead attorney Rebecca Markert tells us about our recent win in federal appeals court, ruling that a tall Christian cross in a public park in Pensacola, Florida, is unconstitutional, and we hear a news story about FFRF's successful letter to a West Virginia school district which prompted them to stop Christian prayers over the loudspeakers at high-school football games. Then we speak with Congressman Jared Huffman (of California) who founded the historic Freethought Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Freethought Radio -- September 6, 2018

Keep An Open Mind

FFRF's Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel has been watching the Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court and concludes that he is "a wrecking ball aimed at the wall of separation between church and state." After listening to Dan Barker's song for children, "Keep An Open Mind," we talk with former Adventist pastor Ryan Bell, who is now National Organizing Manager for the Secular Student Alliance, promoting freethought on college and high-school campuses.

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Freethought Radio -- August 30, 2018

Etched in Stone

 After analyzing the erroneous remarks President Trump delivered before evangelicals at the White House this week, we describe FFRF's new ad in the New York Times: "It's Time to Consider Quitting the Catholic Church." We hear a clip of comedian Julia Sweeney as she was interviewed on FFRF's Freethought Matters TV show. Then we talk with William C. Stone, the lead attorney in the historic 1980 Supreme Court case Stone v. Graham, which declared the posting of the Ten Commandments in public schools to be unconstitutional.

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Freethought Radio -- August 23, 2018

The Atheist Minority

Educator and author Sikivu Hutchinson, founder of Black Skeptics of Los Angeles (BSLA), describes the four new winners of FFRF's and BSLA's "Catherine Fahringer Memorial Student Scholarships" for students of color. After hearing the "freethought" lyrics of "Dancing In The Dark," we time-travel back to 2006, during Freethought Radio's first year of broadcast, to listen to our first interview with Ron Reagan, the atheist son of President Ronald Reagan.

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Freethought Radio -- August 16, 2018

Out of God’s Closet

The Pennsylvania Catholic Church scandal is the horrible news of the week, involving hundreds of pedophile priests and thousands of victims. After hearing the song "Check It Out," which Dan wrote when he was transitioning out of the ministry more than 30 years ago, we talk with former Catholic priest Stephen Uhl, a long-time generous FFRF member, about why he left the priesthood and what he is doing to bolster secular public education.

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Freethought Radio -- August 9, 2018

Friend of the Court

We have another public school state/church victory to report in Indiana, and a school prayer complaint in Mississippi. We celebrate the birthday of the famous 19th-century agnostic orator Robert Green Ingersoll. Then we talk with Adam Chodorow, professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, about the powerful friend-of-the-court brief he wrote (signed by 22 law professors) for the federal appeal of FFRF's challenge to the IRS Clergy Housing Allowance that gives a huge tax break to ministers.

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Freethought Radio -- August 2, 2018

At The End of the World

After criticizing Attorney General Jeff Session's new (so-called) Religious Freedom Taskforce, FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott tells us about our newest lawsuit, challenging the "Lord's Prayer" at Parkersburg, West Virginia, city council meetings. We celebrate the magician James Randi’s 90th birthday by hearing him describe how he was “never religious.” Then we talk with Arctic explorer Lawrence Millman about the senseless 1941 religiously motivated murders in Hudson Bay, described in his new book, At The End Of The World: A True Story of Murder in the Arctic.

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Freethought Radio -- July 26, 2018

Freedom of Religion and Belief

After listening to national coverage on "Megan Kelly Today" of FFRF's complaint about a Christian lip-sync video by a Texas police department, we talk with victorious litigation attorney David Kaloyanides, who handled FFRF's federal lawsuit against a California school board whose meetings include Christian prayer and preaching, resulting in a resounding unanimous decision in our favor this week from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Then we talk with Daniel Mach, Director of ACLU's Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, about the precarious status of state/church separation in the country today.

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Freethought Radio -- July 19, 2018

Don’t Tear Down That Wall

Cardinal McCarrick (a fox guarding the chicken coop) is sacked for sexual molestation. FFRF complains about a Texas police department worship video and about Tennessee's law requiring the posting of "In God We Trust" in classrooms. After discussing the Russian connection to the National Prayer Breakfast, we hear part of Samantha Bee's "Goodbye Roe v. Wade" monologue. The we talk with author Susan Jacoby, whose article “The White House is Tearing Down the Wall Between Church and State” ran this month in the New York Times.

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Freethought Radio -- July 12, 2018

Supreme Court: Danger & Hope

FFRF Strategic Response attorneys Ryan Jayne and Andrew Seidel describe the dangers to state/church separation and to civil rights of Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh. Then we talk with author and The Nation columnist Katha Pollitt about her essay in today's New York Times, "Roe Isn't Going Down Without a Fight," which details exactly what we can do to preserve women's rights and true religious liberty.

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Freethought Radio -- July 5, 2018

No Health Care For You

FFRF's Program Assistant Kristina Daleiden tells us about the new "Secular America" campaign to register voters and how some FFRF chapters are already involved. After listening to Representative Jared Huffman (CA) interview Representative Jamie Raskin (MD) and FFRF's Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel on his "Off the Cuff" podcast, we talk with author and sociologist Abby Scher about her recent article in The Progressive: "No Health Care For You: The Trump team wants to make it easier for health providers to refuse care because of their religious beliefs."

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Freethought Radio -- June 28, 2018

The Trouble With God

Nonbelief Relief announces charitable grants to combat hunger, oppression, and discrimination around the world. After lamenting the resignation of Supreme Court justice Anthony M. Kennedy, and the recent bad anti-Muslim and anti-abortion Supreme Court decisions, FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott describes our new lawsuit challenging the Ten Commandments at the Arkansas capitol. Then we talk with screenwriter Chris Matheson (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure) about his new book, The Trouble With God: A Divine Comedy About Judgment (and Misjudgment).

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Freethought Radio -- June 21, 2018

Project Blitz

For our summer solstice show, FFRF attorney Sam Grover announces two state/church victories in Texas. FFRF's Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel reveals the connection between the White House bible study and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' claim that President Trump's inhumane immigration policy is based on the bible. Then we are joined by FFRF Director of Communications Amit Pal to talk with author and researcher Frederick Clarkson of Political Research Associates about his recent revelation of "Project Blitz," a nationwide scheme to introduce Christian nationalist legislation into state laws. 

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