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2018 PODCAST ARCHIVES

Freethought Radio -- February 15, 2018

Book of Separation

Is Vice President Mike Pence delusional when he thinks Jesus is talking to him? Is a Georgia senator's proposed law (in response to FFRF victories) to allow public school teachers to pray with students constitutional? After discussing the recent Florida shooting, FFRF’s "In Science We Trust" billboard in Atlanta, and hearing a child prompted by parents to call FFRF to tell us we are "going to hell," we talk with novelist Tova Mirvis, whose newest book, The Book of Separation, is a moving memoir about divorcing not only her husband, but her entire Orthodox Jewish faith.

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Freethought Radio -- February 8, 2018

Normalizing Religious Dissent

We analyze the "Christian nationalism" remarks made by President Trump and others at today's National Prayer Breakfast. After reporting an FFRF state/church victory in Tulsa, Oklahoma, stopping police and firefighters from raising money for the Salvation Army while in uniform, we celebrate poet Philip Appleman's 91st birthday by hearing his poem "Fleas." Then we talk with Muhammad Syed, president of Ex-Muslims of North America, a group that is helping those who have left the faith and working for secular government.'

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Freethought Radio -- February 1, 2018

Queer Disbelief

HUD Secretary Ben Carson goes after FFRF on his Facebook page after we filed a lawsuit in response to his dodging of FOIA records requests relating to a White House bible study. FFRF attorney Colin McNamara tells us about another FOIA lawsuit we just filed over a Kentucky jailer who is refusing to provide documents in our investigation of prayer services at a county jail. Then we talk with Camille Beredjick, author of the new book, Queer Disbelief: Why LGBTQ Equality is an Atheist Issue.

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Freethought Radio -- January 25, 2018

Honorable Atheist Governor

After analyzing President Donald Trump’s unctuous, divisive and erroneous remarks at a right-wing “March For Life,” we dissect Vice President Mike Pence’s biblically based address to the Israeli Kenesset where he mistook myth for historical fact while embracing the “people of the book.” FFRF attorney Sam Grover tells us about positive developments in our lawsuit challenging a Texas judge who forces people in his courtroom to pray. Then we speak with Debra Deanne Olson, granddaughter of a California governor. Her biography (with co-author Dr. Craig Wilkinson) is The Honorable Culbert Levy Olson: Governor of California 1939-1943, Humanitarian, Ex-Mormon, Atheist.

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Freethought Radio -- January 18, 2018

We Are Stardust

FFRF Senior Attorney Patrick Elliott tells us about the federal lawsuit we filed today demanding that HUD Secretary Ben Carson waive fees in our FOIA request for information related to White House Bible Studies. We discuss evangelical hypocrisy, Trump's racism, FFRF’s "In Science We Trust" billboard in Atlanta and Ron Reagan's FFRF ad running on MSNBC. Then we talk with 11-yr-old Bailey Harris and her father Doug Harris about their beautiful new book, My Name is Stardust, introducing science to children.

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Freethought Radio -- January 11, 2018

The Right Note

Dan Barker announces the publication of his new book, Free Will Explained. After hearing about FFRF in the news and complaining about a Tennessee pastor who sexually molested a high-school girl and then apologized to his church to a standing ovation, we learn the connection between the anniversary of Otis Redding's "Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay" and Dan Barker's piano playing. Then, after hearing world-renowned classical pianist Jarred Dunn play Chopin, we speak with him (on the phone from Poland) about his freethought views, and about the views of Chopin.

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Freethought Radio -- January 4, 2018

Freethought Matters

The first-ever Atheist Flag, erected by FFRF member Richard Gagnon, appeared this week in Somersworth, New Hampshire. We announce the debut broadcast of FFRF's new TV Show, "Freethought Matters," beginning Sunday on CBS in Madison, Wisconsin. FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne tells us about stopping a $5,000 city grant to a church in Sitka, Alaska. Then we speak with former Southern Baptist minister John Compere, who is now an atheist working with The Clergy Project, helping other preachers and priests to leave the ministry.

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Freethought Radio -- December 28, 2017

Happy 2018!

When U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) courageously resisted Trump’s “smear against women” Tweet that she learned about during a Congressional bible study, Annie Laurie told Gillibrand: “The bible is even worse than Trump!” After hearing Iranian-born feminist and atheist activist Maryam Namazie’s acceptance speech for the Hank Zumach “Freedom From Fundamentalist Religion” award, we listen to jazz singer Susan Hofer perform the (freethinker) Frank Loesser song “What Are You Doing New Year’s?” that she sang (accompanied by Dan Barker on the piano) during FFRF’s December 20 Winter Solstice party at Freethought Hall.

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Freethought Radio -- December 21, 2017

Happy Winter Solstice

FFRF's Winter Solstice signs have been erected around the country, one of which was vandalized in Olympia, Washington. Our full-page New York Times ad ran today, during a time when more Americans consider "Christmas" to be a purely secular holiday. After FFRF Legal Fellow Colin McNamara tells us about religious instruction in Wisconsin prisons, we listen to a number of irreverent and moving songs about the Winter Solstice, including Tom Lehrer's "Christmas Carol," "Blah Blah Bethlehem," Ken Lohnquist's "Isthmus Tree," "Merry Frickin Christmas," and Tim Minchin's "White Wine in the Sun."

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Freethought Radio -- December 14, 2017

No Moore Theocracy

Many victories to report on the eve of Bill of Rights Day: IRS Clergy Housing Allowance enjoined, Texas Judge rebuffed, Trump’s theocratic judicial nominee rejected, nativity scene moved from Pennsylvania city property, Christian mentoring program stopped in South Carolina schools. After celebrating the defeat of the religious ideologue Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, we talk with Diana Sabillon, a feminist atheist in Honduras who is fighting state/church entanglement in a country drenched in religion.

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Freethought Radio -- December 7, 2017

The Perils of Freethought

FFRF’s secular Winter Solstice displays are going up around the country. FFRF attorney Chris Line tells us about the 350+ letters we mailed to high-school superintendents warning them of the proselytizing Todd Becker Foundation that preys on students. After celebrating the birthdays of actress Hermione Gingold and British comedian Kate Smurthwaite, we talk with Lubna Ahmed, who had to flee Iraq and seek asylum in the United States after receiving death threats due to her outspoken atheism and feminism.

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Freethought Radio -- November 30, 2017

Secular Values

Fifteen groups join an Americans United amicus brief supporting FFRF’s federal court victory against a large public cross in Pensacola, Florida. Dan Barker asks for help in his appeal of a DC judge’s dismissal of his lawsuit challenging the Congressional chaplain’s refusal to allow a secular invocation before the House of Representatives. After learning the history behind the song “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, we talk with Larry Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition For America, about how to improve the image of nonbelievers and lobby for secular law.

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Freethought Radio -- November 23, 2017

Give Thanks Where Thanks is Due

What are the real origins of Thanksgiving? Stand-up comedian Leighann Lord shares with us her hilarious “Six Things to Argue About at Thanksgiving Other Than Politics.” Then Eva Quiñones, president of Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico, on the phone from Puerto Rico, tells us what it has been like since Hurricanes Irma and Maria battered the island, how atheists and humanists are delivering food, water, and emergency supplies to victims, and what freethinkers are doing there to keep state and church separate.

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Freethought Radio -- November 16, 2017

Indigenous Freethought

Dan talks about his trip to Central America, where he spoke for the Honduran Freethinkers and Guatemala Humanists, a tour that included four national television and one national radio interview. After discussing Senate candidate Roy Moore’s theocratic hypocrisy, we announce recent FFRF victories in the public schools in Texas and West Virginia. Then we hear renowned composer Brent Michael Davids, a member of the Mohican tribe, talk about “Do you know an American Indian atheist?”

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Freethought Radio -- November 9, 2017

Thoughts & Prayers' — Not!

Freethought Radio takes a trenchant look at recent insensitive religious absurdities by Rev. Pat Robertson, Bishop Robert Morlino, President Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. We play Roy Zimmerman’s satiric “To the Victims of This Tragedy” as commentary on “thoughts and prayers” substituting for action. FFRF Patrick O’Reiley Legal Fellow Chris Line joins us to talk about the hysterical hullabaloo over his recent victory ending football prayer at a Georgia high school. Investigative reporter Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club, returns to talk about her new piece about another threat to secular public education, “The Proselytizers and the Privatizers,” appearing in this month’s American Prospect.

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Freethought Radio -- November 2, 2017

Make America Laugh Again

After announcing upcoming freethought events in DC, New York City, and Central America, Dan and Annie Laurie talk with staff attorney Liz Cavell about the FFRF amicus brief she drafted for the Supreme Court Masterpiece Bakery case that questions whether business owners, because of their religious beliefs, can refuse to serve gays. Then we hear part of the hilarious speech that actress, comedian, and author Julia Sweeney delivered before FFRF’s annual convention where she told us about the many atheist-bashing Christian movies she watched this year.

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Freethought Radio -- October 26, 2017

Scary Christian Nationalism

This Halloween weekend, Bill O’Reilly is “mad at God!,” and a Texas high-school is mad at FFRF. The “Nones” are growing even faster, according to Scientific American. We announce FFRF’s new “Unabashed” and “Out of the Closet” virtual billboards. After hearing the first-ever “Atheist Town Hall,” moderated by Cara Santa Maria, we listen to New York Times op-ed columnist Michelle Goldberg describe the scary rise of “Christian nationalism” during the Trump era.

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Freethought Radio -- October 19, 2017

A Matter of Choice

Another victory! FFRF prevailed in its federal lawsuit against Texas governor Greg Abbott, who violated our free-speech rights when he ordered our Bill of Rights display removed from the state capitol. We dissect President Trump's remarks at the Values Voters Summit, and then challenge the nomination of theocrat Jeff Mateer to the Texas federal court. After hearing Dan's song "Freedom From Religion," we talk with Frances Kissling, former president of Catholics for Choice, about the Vatican's war against women. 

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Freethought Radio -- October 12, 2017

Battling the Religious Right

Housing Allowance Victory! Dan and Annie Laurie discuss the recent FFRF federal lawsuit, in which they were plaintiffs, declaring the IRS clergy housing allowance exclusion unconstitutional. Then they talk about the bad decision in Barker vs. Conroy that bars nonbelievers from opening Congress with a secular invocation. Winners of FFRF’s grad-student essay contest are announced. Then we hear an excerpt of Katha Pollitt’s speech about Trump and the religious right, delivered at FFRFs annual convention last month.

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Freethought Radio -- October 5, 2017

We mourn the death of freethinking singer/songwriter Tom Petty (“music is my religion”) by playing “I Won’t Back Down,” appropriate for a week of state/church victories. Staff attorney Patrick Elliott tells us about last week’s federal decision declaring a Christian cross on the Lehigh County (PA) seal unconstitutional. Attorneys Sam Grover and Andrew Seidel compare the First Amendment with the Second Amendment as they are both being inappropriately “expanded” into absolute rights. Then we talk with David Williamson, president of FFRF’s chapter, the Central Florida Freethought Community, about our victory (in which he was lead plaintiff) declaring unconstitutional the exclusion of atheists from Brevard County council invocations.

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Freethought Radio -- September 28, 2017

Survival

We memorialize the life and achievements of the late Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP, survivor of priest abuse and advocate for other survivors. FFRF Director of Communications Amit Pal will talk about “Emancipation Day” for Saudi women. Special guest Marianne Arini will explain how she overcame a Christian fundamentalist education based on Bob Jones University workbooks. Today a nonbeliever, she teaches critical thinking skills. We give a musical nod to Sting, born in early October, a self-described agnostic.

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Freethought Radio -- September 21, 2017

Enlightenment Now

FFRF’s 40th annual convention was a great success! Nonbelief Relief announces $100,000+ in charity to victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We discuss FFRF’s amended complaint in our lawsuit challenging President Trump’s unconstitutional Executive Order that he claims now allows churches to engage in political activity. Then we hear from FFRF’s Honorary President Steven Pinker, the Harvard professor of psychology and prolific author, who gave FFRF his first speech and interview about his new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.

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Freethought Radio -- September 14, 2017

Strong Women

For a change of pace while Annie Laurie and Dan are busy with FFRF’s 40th annual convention, FFRF’s Director of First Impressions Lisa Treu hosts this week’s show featuring music by strong women. Marlene Dietrich, Shelley Segal, Joan Baez, Peggy Seeger, Malvina Reynolds, Kristin Lems, Lena Horne, Ani DiFranco, and more, singing about evolution, equality, the (non)afterlife, peace, Eve, and life as a freethinking woman.

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Freethought Radio -- September 7, 2017

Religious Freedom 101

This week Annie Laurie, Dan and Andrew answer questions from listeners, such as "How can you be sure there is no supreme being?", "How does the bible compare to Game of Thrones?",  "Are you afraid to die?", “How do you reply to 'God bless you'?", and so on. During the second half of the show, we talk with well-known satirical and irreverent singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman, who will be performing at FFRF's annual convention next week. During the show, we hear a preview of Roy's songs "Ted Haggard is Completely Heterosexual" and "Religious Freedom," which covers the history of America's religious liberty in four minutes.

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Freethought Radio -- August 31, 2017

Survivors

FFRF’s Non-Belief Relief announces a $10,000 gift for Houston hurricane relief. We complain about missionaries preying on Alabama students and Rev. Franklin Graham advising coaches to break the law. FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel describes FFRF’s complaint about Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeting bible verses. Then we talk with Barbara Blaine, founder of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), about her decades-long effort to hold the Catholic Church responsible for the crimes against children committed by priests who are shielded by bishops.

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Freethought Radio -- August 24, 2017

More Atheists Than We Thought!

What’s wrong with Senator Marco Rubio and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin promoting bible reading? We report a victory removing scripture from a New Mexico public school and talk with FFRF attorney Maddy Ziegler about the 9th-Circuit decision telling a Bremerton, Wa. high-school football coach he cannot pray during games. After talking about romantic nonreligious weddings, we interview University of Kentucky assistant professor Will Gervais about his studies showing that because of the public distrust of nonbelievers, the number of atheists in the United States is highly under-reported.

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Freethought Radio -- August 17, 2017

E Pluribus Unum

Listen to FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel teach a lesson to White-House bible-thumpers on Fox & Friends. After Annie Laurie and Dan discuss FFRF’s statement about the racist tragedy at Charlottesville, Va., we hear the “heathen gospel” song “You Can’t Have it Both Ways” by the Tasmanian group Mama K and the Big Love. Then we talk with Athena Salman, one of the nation’s few openly “out” atheist legislators, about the secular invocation she delivered before the Arizona House of Representatives. Photo by Morgan Glassco.

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Freethought Radio -- August 10, 2017

Freethought Around The World

Hear moving excerpts of speeches at the Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression which took place in London in July, including Maryam Namazie, Bonya Ahmed, Zineb El Rhazoui, Mohammed Alkhadra, A.C. Grayling and Richard Dawkins. After enjoying the atheist song “Like Moths To The Flame” by the Tasmanian group Mama K and the Big Love, we talk with Óscar Pineda, vice president of Guatemala Humanists about their exciting new billboard and video campaign raising the awareness of freethinkers in Central America.

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Freethought Radio -- August 3, 2017

Freedom of Conscience

Clarence Darrow statue (paid for by FFRF) is unveiled in Dayton, Tennessee, at the site of the 1925 Scopes Trial. FFRF attorney Sam Grover testifies before a Wisconsin congressional committee opposing a bill to limit abortion training in Wisconsin schools. After hearing Rupert Brooke’s irreverent poem “Heaven,” set to music by Dan Barker, we talk with Egyptian-American ex-Muslim Noura Embabi, president of Muslimish, which fosters dialogue between current and former Muslims.

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Freethought Radio -- July 27, 2017

Good Without God

This week’s show was pre-recorded to air while Dan and Annie Laurie are in England for an international conference on blasphemy and freedom of expression. FFRF staff attorney Andrew Seidel joins co-presidents Barker and Gaylor to talk about the perennial question, “How Can We Be Good Without God?” during FFRF’s “Ask an Atheist” Facebook Live broadcast, taking questions from the audience.

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Freethought Radio -- July 20, 2017

Compassionate Choices

What does the bible say about abortion? Co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor, Dan Barker and FFRF attorney Liz Cavell answer that question during FFRF’s new weekly “Ask an Atheist” series on Facebook Live, taking questions from the audience. Then we speak with Ed Gogol, president of Final Choices Illinois, about the 1-year milestones for “End of Life” laws in California and Canada, as well as the rest of the country, and how religious dogma interferes with the freedom of citizens to make compassionate choices about dying.

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Freethought Radio -- July 13, 2017

Tennessee Monkey Trial

FFRF attorney Rebecca Markert updates us on the appeal by the City of Pensacola of our successful lawsuit over a Christian cross in a city park. FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel discusses the impact of of the congressional appropriations bill directing the IRS not to enforce the Johnson Amendment that prohibits churches from engaging in political activity. Then we talk with actor John de Lancie (best known for his role as “Q" in the Star Trek series) who played Clarence Darrow in “The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial” play and who will join FFRF at the unveiling of the new Darrow statue in Dayton, Tennessee this week.

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Freethought Radio -- July 6, 2017

Breaking The Chains

Kentucky student activist Lydia Mason, whose essay “Breaking The Chains” won FFRF’s David Hudak Memorial Freethinking Students of Color High School Essay Competition, tells us about the challenges of being a minority within a minority in a highly religious state. Then we talk with a former preacher who is now the president of The Clergy Project, Drew Bekius. His new book, which narrates his exodus from the evangelical pulpit, is The Rise and Fall of Faith: A God-to-Godless Story for Christians and Atheists.

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Freethought Radio -- June 29, 2017

Behave!

Cardinal George Pell of Australia, highest-ranking Vatican official (whom Dan Barker has debated) is once again accused of sexual misconduct with minors. After dissecting the fallout from the bad Supreme Court Trinity Lutheran decision, we talk with FFRF attorney Ryan Jayne about his efforts to “Educate Congress” lobbying (about vouchers and the Johnson Amendment) with FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott in Washington, DC. Then we talk with Stanford neurobiologist and primatologist <strong>Robert Sapolsky</strong> about his epic new book Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst.

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Freethought Radio -- June 22, 2017

The Evangelicals

FFRF Victory! Staff attorney Madeline Ziegler joins us to talk about our recent victory in federal court removing a 34-foot-tall Christian cross from a city park in Pensacola, Florida, a decision that has upset prominent evangelicals like Franklin Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bill Donohue and Marco Rubio. After hearing Lena Horne’s performance of the irreverent Yip Harburg song “Ain’t It The Truth,” we talk with Pulitzer-Prize winning author Frances Fitzgerald about her new book, The Evangelicals: The Struggle To Shape America.

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Freethought Radio -- June 15, 2017

American Iconoclast

After honoring “Champions of the First Amendment” Roy Torcaso (1961 Torcaso vs. Watkins) and Ed and Ellery Schempp (1963 Abington vs. Schempp), we talk about atheist rock climber Alex Honnold, who this month made history by ascending Yosemite’s El Capitan free-style with no rope. We hear Roy Zimmerman’s hilarious song “Creation Science 101,” and then talk about the 1925 Scopes Trial with historian Andrew Kersten, author of the book Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast.

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Freethought Radio -- June 8, 2017

Heretics!

We announce FFRF's new “Ask an Atheist” Facebook Live show. Is the Kentucky Governor right to fight crime with prayer? Should religious hospitals be exempt from pension-plan regulations? FFRF attorney Patrick Elliott tells us about the recent Supreme Court ERISA decision that privileges religious companies and thereby endangers their employees. After hearing the irreverent song “Experiment,” by the non-religious songwriter Cole Porter, we talk with professor Steven Nadler, author of the new book Heretics! (illustrated by his son Ben Nadler), about the 17th-century scientists and thinkers who brought philosophy into the modern world.

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Freethought Radio -- June 1, 2017

Freethought in the Arts

FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel tells us how we know George Washington did not say "So help me, God" at his inauguration. Dan Barker performs the song "Poor Little Me" that he co-wrote with Broadway composer Charles Strouse, whose birthday is this week. Then we talk with internationally acclaimed sculptor and atheist Zenos Frudakis about the bronze statue of Clarence Darrow he is making, which will be unveiled in July at the courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee, where the 1925 Scopes Trial took place.

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Freethought Radio -- May 25, 2017

A None’s Story

We announce our full-page ad in the New York Times: "Mr. President, we are not a nation of believers.” A Virginia sheriff removed a bible verse from police vehicles after hearing from FFRF. Staff attorney Patrick Elliott explains why Trump’s budget is a disaster for education, and FFRF’s thoughtful Communications Director, Amit Pal, discusses the religiously motivated bombing in Manchester, England. After hearing Mike Tramp’s irreverent song “Trust in Yourself,” we talk with former nun Maureen Hart, currently on the board of the Clergy Project, about her journey to kick the habit.

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Freethought Radio -- May 18, 2017

License To Think

We celebrate the birthday of Bertrand Russell by reading his secular Ten Commandments. Attorney Sam Grover, who is indeed messin’ with Texas, updates us about FFRF’s lawsuit over a judge who forces prayer on his courtroom that prompted the Attorney General to attempt to intervene on behalf of the Christian judge. Dan and Annie Laurie rebut Trump’s “religious nation” assertions during is Liberty University commencement line by line. Then we chat with Indiana freethinker and veteran Chris Bontrager, whose initial request for a personalized ‘ATHE1ST’ license plate was denied.

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Freethought Radio -- May 11, 2017

Blasphemy Is A Victimless Crime

FFRF stops bible classes in a Tennessee elementary school. After commenting on President Trump picking Teresa Manning, an avid antiabortionist who said “contraception doesn’t work,” to lead the nation’s largest family-planning program, we talk with Michael Nugent of Atheists of Ireland about blasphemy laws, and hear actor Stephen Fry’s comments that caused him to be investigated for blasphemy. Then we speak with Rice professor and prolific author Dr. Anthony Pinn about his new book, When Colorblindness Isn’t the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race.

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Freethought Radio -- May 4, 2017

See You In Court

The first Thursday of May, the National Day of Prayer, is actually the National Day of Reason. Today we announce FFRF’s newest lawsuit challenging President Trump’s Executive Order (signed on the National Day of Prayer in the Rose Garden) attempting to curtail the Johnson Amendment that limits politicking by churches. After hearing Dan Barker’s song “Reason,” we talk with a brave West Virginia mom who has joined FFRF’s lawsuit challenging bible classes in her daughter’s public school.

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Freethought Radio -- April 27, 2017

Spotlight on Freethought

Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” on HULU is the freethought cultural event this week. We complain about the San Antonio mayor’s remark that poverty stems from a broken "relationship with their Creator.” After Michael Newdow’s hilarious song “My God Is In My Soul,” incorporating hate messages on his answering machine, we analyze what is wrong with the upcoming National Day of Prayer. Then we hear the “Spotlight on Freethought” segment that explains why the Constitution protects nonbelievers from the tyranny of the religious majority.

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Freethought Radio -- April 20, 2017

Authentic American Hero

President Trump says “we are a nation of believers,” creationist Ken Ham calls FFRF “liars,” and Bill O’Reilly (who has bashed FFRF) gets dumped from FOX News, oh my! FFRF staff attorney Andrew Seidel describes the escalating “war of words” between Ken Ham and FFRF over the Kentucky Ark Encounter. Then we talk with an authentic American hero, Ishmael Jaffree, FFRF’s first “Freethinker of the Year” awardee, who won the 1985 Supreme Court Wallace v. Jaffree case stopping so-called “silent prayer" in public schools.

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Freethought Radio -- April 13, 2017

God Is Not Great

Response to FFRF’s national Ron Reagan ad has been great! We talk about born-again Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s scandalous resignation, FFRF’s Times Square billboard, incredible contributions “in the name of Pence” to FFRF’s legal efforts, and Nonbelief Relief’s donation to the Somalia famine. After hearing Shelley Segal’s “Apocalyptic Love Song” homage to Hitchens, we listen to part of our 2007 interview of Christopher Hitchens on Freethought Radio, the year his book God Is Not Great was released.

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Freethought Radio -- April 6, 2017

The Only Wall We Need

New plaintiff Elizabeth Deal is added to FFRF’s lawsuit challenging bible classes in West Virginia schools. Denver FFRF chapter president Claudette StPierre tells us about the 12 Colorado billboards that say “The Only Wall We Need is Between Church and State.” Jocelyn Williamson of FFRF’s “Central Florida Freethought Community” chapter announces a “Freethought Cruise” to the Bahamas. After hearing irreverent songwriter Yip Harburg sing his song “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?,” Iowa atheist activist Justin Scott tells us about the historic atheist invocation he delivered before the Iowa Statehouse this week.

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Freethought Radio -- March 30, 2017

Facts Over Fundamentalism

FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel relates his adventure filming our pro-science ad inside Ken Ham's "Ark Park" in Kentucky and describes how fundamentalist teachings are harmful to the education of children. After celebrating the 200th birthday of freethinking feminist Mathilde Franziska Giesler Anneke by hearing the German freethought anthem "Die Gedanken Sind Frei," we talk with former Tulsa Christian radio host Seth Andrews, now the host of The Thinking Atheist podcast and author of Deconverted: A journey from religion to reason.

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Freethought Radio -- March 23, 2017

Freedom of Conscience

The Ten Commandments at a Pennsylvania high school is finally moved! An Arkansas school district considers dropping prayer after FFRF complains. We celebrate Gloria Steinem's birthday by hearing part of her speech about the "taliban" in politics and Catholic bishops' opposition to women's rights. Staff attorney Sam Grover tells us about FFRF's newest lawsuit challenging a Texas judge who forces his courtroom to engage in Christian prayer. Then we speak with Iranian-born feminist, atheist, and human-rights activist Maryam Namazie, spokesperson for "One Law For All" and host of "Bread and Roses" TV show, who will tell us about the July 22-23 London conference on "Freedom of Conscience and Expression."

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Freethought Radio -- March 16, 2017

Spring Into Action

Learn how you can take action to stop religion from invading our secular government: complain about the bible as the state book of Arkansas, “Choose Life” license plates in Nebraska, a Christian cross in a Florida city hall, state bills banning life-saving research, and the federal attack on women’s reproductive rights. After we play the peace/spring anthem “One Sweet Morning” by Yip Harburg and Earl Robinson, FFRF staff attorneys Sam Grover and Patrick Elliott, fresh back from lobbying in DC, tell us what it was like to “Educate Congress” about the school voucher program and the effort to repeal the Johnson Amendment.

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Freethought Radio -- March 9, 2017

Why I Left

Senator Grassley tells Justin Scott the reason he will protect the rights of nonbelievers is because he believes in Jesus Christ. FFRF legal fellow Ryan Jayne explains our recent victory stopping a live nativity scene at an Indiana high school. After hearing the “obnoxious atheist” singer/songwriter (with Magnetic Field) Stephen Merritt’s freethought song “How I Failed Ethics,” we talk with former Christian minister Bart Campolo (son of the well-known evangelical preacher Tony Campolo), now a humanist chaplain, about the book he co-wrote with his father, Why I Left, Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son.

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Freethought Radio -- March 2, 2017

Reluctant Apostate

Evangelist Pat Robertson claims President Trump is being attacked by witches (!). Former president George W Bush acknowledges nonbelievers. We analyze Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia to discern his views on abortion and death with dignity. After celebrating International Women’s Day by hearing the song “Bread and Roses,” we talk by phone from Croatia with Lloyd Evans, whose new book is The Reluctant Apostate: Leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses Comes at a Price.

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Freethought Radio -- February 23, 2017

We Are The Champions

This week we celebrate victories in three federal lawsuits (Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and California), and three other state/church victories won without going to court (Wisconsin, Washington, Kentucky). After listening to former preacher Carter Warden’s new song, “Freedom From Religion,” we talk with two of the victorious litigants: Jerry Bloom, who ended censorship of freethought views in Shelton, Connecticut, and Marie Schaub, the “atheist mother” who finally got the huge Ten Commandments monument removed from her daughter’s school in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

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