Brave secular city councilor on FFRF’s Sunday TV show

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Watch the teaser here.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “Freethought Matters” TV show has as its guest a city councilor who has received death threats after asking her board to drop opening prayer.

Emily Olson is a wife, mother, small-business owner and a new member of the City Council in the town of Owosso, Mich. In late November, at her first meeting on that council, Olson politely asked the council to reconsider its practice of opening with prayer. And then the fireworks began.

“It details in there exactly that God had given him a vision and that although he really doesn’t like me, he now has to protect me,” Olson describes to “Freethought Matters” co-host Annie Laurie Gaylor a particularly disturbing death threat that she has received from a frequent visitor to Owosso City Council meetings. “And so part of that is giving me this warning about how a man that matches his description is going to shoot me at the backdoor of my business on some night in winter, and then will leave in a car that’s exactly like his car. It’s a very complicated death.”

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 FFRF’s YouTube channel. New shows go up every Thursday.

“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, 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, WFTC-29, Sundays at 7:30 a.m.
  • 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.

Upcoming guests include abortion advocate Katha Pollitt, 92-year-old skeptical feminist and bestselling author Barbara G. Walker. You can catch interviews from past seasons here, including the fall 2022 season with author John Irving, actor John “Q” de Lancie and Washington Post columnist Kate Cohen. Previous interviews include Julia Sweeney and Reps. Jared Huffman, Jamie Raskin, Hank Johnson and Eleanor Holmes Norton, among many other notable authors, activists and freethinkers.

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 — your antidote to religion on Sunday morning!

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