Secular rapper guest on“Freethought Matters” this week

Greydon Square

 A hip-hop artist who isn’t shy about his freethinking views is the guest on the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s TV talk show this Sunday.

Greydon Square is a West Coast performer who survived the gang culture in Compton, Calif., served in the military in Iraq and became an outspoken atheist as a college student. Square’s albums include “The Compton Effect,” “The CPT Theorem,” “The Kardashev Scale,” “Serpents of Eden,” “The Mushroom Cloud Effect,” “The Mandelbrot Set” and “Omniverse.” His latest album is “Compton Scattering.” Square’s lyrics deal with religion, politics and social justice.

If you don’t live in the 27 percent of the country’s markets where the show broadcasts on Sunday, you can already catch the episode on FFRF’s YouTube channel.

“So,” Square says, in explaining a new composition to “Freethought Matters” host Dan Barker, “‘Stockholm Syndrome’ obviously comes from this idea that you can fall in love with your captor or your oppressor — this idea that you have the ability to ignore some of the oppressive and totalitarian methods of the ideology that you profess love to. To me, it goes back to the fundamental nature of what God is, what the nature of God is.”

This is the fall season’s 13th episode of “Freethought Matters,” airing in 12 cities on Sunday, Nov. 29.

Upcoming guests include movie/TV actor and singer John Davidson (a nonbeliever) and “Cosmos” series producer/writer Ann Druyan, who also co-wrote the original “Cosmos” and many best-selling books with her husband Carl Sagan.

“Freethought Matters” airs in:

  • Chicago, WPWR-CW (Ch. 50), Sundays at 9 a.m.
  • Denver, KWGN-CW (Ch. 2), Sundays at 7 a.m.
  • Houston, KUBE-IND (Ch. 57), Sundays at 9 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), Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
  • New York City, WPIX-IND (Ch. 11), Sundays at 8:30 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.
  • Seattle, KONG-IND (Ch. 16 or Ch. 106 on Comcast). Sundays at 8 a.m.
  • Washington, D.C., WDCW-CW (Ch. 50), Sundays at 8 a.m.

Previous guests this season include: pundit Eleanor Clift, whose interview you can watch here, Professor Khyati Joshi, an expert on Christian privilege, actor and FFRF After-Life Member John de Lancie of “Star Trek” “Q” fame, atheists and jazz artists Addison Frei and Tahira Clayton providing a double musical treat, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse, the country’s leading analyst of the U.S. Supreme Court, and legislative stalwart and feminist and civil rights pioneer U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton. One of the most eminent public intellectuals in the world, Professor Steven Pinker, was interviewed a few episodes ago talking about his new course on rationality.

Watch previous seasons here, including interviews with Ron Reagan, Julia Sweeney and Ed Asner, as well as U.S. Reps. Jared Huffman and Jamie Raskin, co-chairs of the Congressional Freethought Caucus.

Please tune in to “Freethought Matters” . . . because freethought matters.

P.S. Please tune in or record according to the times given above regardless of what is listed in your TV guide (it may be listed simply as “paid programming” or even be misidentified). To set up an automatic weekly recording, try taping manually by time or channel. And spread the word to freethinking friends, family or colleagues about a TV show, finally, that is dedicated to providing programming for freethinkers!

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational charity, is the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics), and has been working since 1978 to keep religion and government separate.

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