American Freethought Podcast

Sinopsis

An atheist podcast hosted by John C. Snider and David Driscoll. "Question. Think. Decide."

Episodios

  • 294 - Victoria Smolkin (A History of Soviet Atheism)

    294 - Victoria Smolkin (A History of Soviet Atheism)

    26/01/2020 Duración: 01h28min

    I interview Victoria Smolkin, author of A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism. State-enforced atheism is just as bad an idea as state-enforced religion, and the defunct Soviet Union is a perfect case study in just how badly it can go. For more about Victoria and her work visit VictoriaSmolkin.com. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Contact: john@americanfreethought.com Support the Podcast: PayPal funds to sniderishere@gmail.com

  • 293 - Dave Warnock (Dying Out Loud)

    293 - Dave Warnock (Dying Out Loud)

    12/01/2020 Duración: 01h09min

    I interview Dave Warnock, former minister now atheist, on dealing with a diagnosis of ALS, facing death, and embracing life. For more about Dave visit DaveOutLoud.com. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Contact: john@americanfreethought.com Support the Podcast: PayPal funds to sniderishere@gmail.com

  • 292 - Nick Fish (President, American Atheists)

    292 - Nick Fish (President, American Atheists)

    29/12/2019 Duración: 01h43s

    I interview Nick Fish, president of American Atheists, about efforts to combat Project Blitz, the nefarious campaign orchestrated by the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation to flood state legislatures with bills that promote fundamentalist Christian views on issues involving separation of church and state. We also talk about the fake War on Christmas (and now the fake War on Thanksgiving!), as well as the ongoing lawsuit filed in New Jersey by former AA president David Silverman. For more about American Atheists visit atheists.org. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Contact: john@americanfreethought.com

  • 291 - David Silverman

    291 - David Silverman

    11/12/2019 Duración: 01h12min

    I interview David Silverman, the new Executive Director for Atheist Alliance International, a coalition of atheist-centric organizations around the world. The first third of our conversation is about AAI and its mission, but the bulk of the conversation is Silverman's vehement defense against the accusations of sexual misconduct which led his termination, in April 2018, as president of American Atheists.  (In the days since this interview was recorded, a new and recent allegation against Silverman has surfaced; this time from fellow activist Rebecca Vitsmun, who claims he "creepy touched" her on the back during a party. AAI has suspended him with pay pending further investigation.) For more about Atheist Alliance International visit atheistalliance.org. Silverman's personal website is firebrandforgood.com. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn C

  • 290 - Paul Wallace (Love and Quasars)

    290 - Paul Wallace (Love and Quasars)

    01/12/2019 Duración: 01h16min

    I interview Paul Wallace about his new book Love and Quasars: An Astrophysicist Reconciles Faith and Science. Paul holds advanced degrees in science and theology, and is involved in teaching both. It's an interesting, sometimes frustrating conversation covering Paul's professional work in both realms, how he interprets truth claims in the Bible, and how he sees faith not as an alternative to science, but rather as an all-encompassing worldview that includes science. For more about Paul and his work visit pwallace.net. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Contact: john@americanfreethought.com

  • 289 - Sasha Sagan (For Small Creatures Such as We)

    289 - Sasha Sagan (For Small Creatures Such as We)

    17/11/2019 Duración: 57min

    I interview the daughter of Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan about her new book For Small Creatures Such as We, which looks at rituals and traditions, and how they can be adapted (or transformed) for a secular, 21st century world. For more about Sasha and her work visit SashaSagan.com. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Contact: john@americanfreethought.com

  • 288 - Carol Anderson (White Rage)

    288 - Carol Anderson (White Rage)

    03/11/2019 Duración: 01h04min

    From October 2017, I interview Emory University's Professor Carol Anderson, author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, which looks at how institutional racism has tried to reverse or contain progress in racial equality. Ms. Anderson is most recently the author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy. Timely work, indeed. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Contact: john@americanfreethought.com

  • 287 - Essential Freethought Cinema

    287 - Essential Freethought Cinema

    20/10/2019 Duración: 51min

    I suggest ten films (some good, some great; some new, some classic) that include explorations of topics of interest to freethinkers (criticism of religion, advocacy of science and free speech, etc.). Plus: Neil DeGrasse Tyson is on tour in support of his new book Letters from an Astrophysicist. I experience sensory deprivation. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Podcast Page: http://americanfreethought.libsyn.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Find out how to support the show here and here. Contact: john@americanfreethought.com

  • 286 - Melvin Konner (Believers)

    286 - Melvin Konner (Believers)

    06/10/2019 Duración: 01h33min

    I interview Emory University anthropologist Dr. Melvin Konner about his new book Believers: Faith in Human Nature, which looks at the evolutionary basis for religious tendencies, examines the good religion does in people's lives, and asks if people like Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins really know what they're talking about! Find out more about Konner and his work at melvinkonner.com and jewsandothers.com. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Podcast Page: http://americanfreethought.libsyn.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Find out how to support the show here and here. Contact: john@americanfreethought.com

  • 285 - Bruce Hood (Possessed)

    285 - Bruce Hood (Possessed)

    22/09/2019 Duración: 49min

    I interview experimental psychologist Bruce M. Hood about his new book Possessed, which explores the evolutionary, psychological and cultural influences on how we look at material ownership. We interviewed Bruce before, way back in episode #57 about his book Supersense. Check it out! Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Podcast Page: http://americanfreethought.libsyn.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Find out how to support the show here and here. Contact: john@americanfreethought.com

  • 284 - Phil Zuckerman (What It Means to Be Moral)

    284 - Phil Zuckerman (What It Means to Be Moral)

    08/09/2019 Duración: 57min

    I interview Phil Zuckerman, whose latest book is What It Means to Be Moral: Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life. Follow Phil on twitter @phil_zuckerman. Plus: Get read to read The Testaments, Margaret Atwood's much-anticipated sequel to her now-classic dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale. This Wednesday is the 18th anniversary of 9/11, which means that a generation of adults has arrived who are born after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. It also means that the children of those who have fought in Afghanistan are old enough to serve in what is now America's first generational war. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Podcast Page: http://americanfreethought.libsyn.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Find out how to support the show here and here. Contact: john@americanfreethought.com

  • 283 - Cult of the White Man

    283 - Cult of the White Man

    25/08/2019 Duración: 28min

    I discuss several ways in which America has become a cult when it comes to interpreting the Constitution (especially the 1st and 2nd amendments), and how, in practice, white men get most of the benefit of the law and little of its punishment. I also talk about how disproportionate devotion to civic and religious tokens like the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem and the national motto, has led to division rather than unity, and in some cases has led to violence. Mentioned in the podcast: Mary Anne Frank's book The Cult of the Constitution. Anthony McCann's book Shadowlands. At a county fair in Montana, a man assaulted a teenager for failing to remove his cap during The Star-Spangled Banner. Fayette County (Kentucky) schools post framed dollar bills in response to a new state law requiring public schools to display "In God We Trust." A federal court has ruled that nonreligious people have no right to deliver invocations before legislative sessions. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Fre

  • 282 - Guns across America

    282 - Guns across America

    11/08/2019 Duración: 39min

    In the aftermath of three mass shootings in America in a week, I interview political scientist Robert Spitzer, author of Guns across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights. (This interview is "recycled" from December 2017, where it first appeared on the short-lived, now defunct SnideShow podcast.) Also, I highly recommend the new Netflix documentary miniseries The Family, about the secretive Christian organization that has wielded influence with congressmen, presidents and even foreign leaders for nearly 80 years. The miniseries is based on Jeff Sharlet's nonfiction books The Family and C-Street. We interviewed Jeff way back in episodes 67 and 105. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Podcast Page: http://americanfreethought.libsyn.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Find out how to support the show here and here. C

  • 281 - SuperFreethought Part 1

    281 - SuperFreethought Part 1

    28/07/2019 Duración: 01h08min

    I talk with Andrew Bush (one of the co-hosts of the pop-culture SuperHouse Podcast) about his time in Japan, his observations about Japanese religion, and how the Japanese view such American hot-button topics as separation of church and state, abortion and LGBT rights. (Minor correction: I misspoke during our conversation, saying we were recording episode 282 when in fact it's 281.) Listen to Part 2 of our conversation over at the SuperHouse Podcast, where we talk about being brought up religious in the American South, conversion experiences, deconversion experiences and more. Andrew has been on American Freethought once before, waaay back in 2010 in episode 87. Watch video segments recorded in 2010 with me (John C. Snider) and David Driscoll for Andrew's unrealized documentary effort "Southern Reason." Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Podcast Page: http://americanfreethought.libsyn.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: htt

  • 280 - Space Race

    280 - Space Race

    14/07/2019 Duración: 31min

    On the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, I discuss various religious controversies that arose as part of the Space Race, including the Apollo 8 reading from the Book of Genesis on Christmas Eve 1968; Buzz Aldrin's observance of Communion during Apollo 11; and the successful campaign by the Apollo Prayer League to send hundreds of microfilm Bibles to the moon. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Podcast Page: http://americanfreethought.libsyn.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21523473365/ Libsyn Classic Feed: https://americanfreethought.libsyn.com/rss Find out how to support the show here and here. Contact: john@americanfreethought.com

  • 279 - Bladensburg Cross Revisited

    279 - Bladensburg Cross Revisited

    30/06/2019 Duración: 50min

    The Supreme Court has ruled that a 40-foot-tall Christian cross in Bladensburg, Maryland is actually a suitable war memorial for all war dead, even if they weren't Christian. I speak with Monica Miller, who argued the case before the Court on behalf of the American Humanist Association. We also talk about Monica's work with the Nonhuman Rights Project, an organization that seeks "to secure fundamental rights for nonhuman animals through litigation, legislation, and education." Monica and I also discuss the Court's refusal to hear a case brought by long-time activist Michael Newdow, challenging the phrase "In God We Trust" on all currency. (David Driscoll and I talked about Mr. Newdow back in show #84 in 2010, and I actually interviewed him waaay back in the pre-podcast days of 2002. Have a listen!) Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Podcast Page: http://americanfreethought.libsyn.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://

  • 278 - Religious Bigotry in Tennessee

    278 - Religious Bigotry in Tennessee

    16/06/2019 Duración: 38min

    Coffee County (Tennessee) District Attorney Craig Northcott refuses to pursue domestic violence cases involving same-sex couples, simply because he disagrees with the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v Hodges. He also believes Muslims have no rights under the Constitution because they don't worship the right god. Knox County (Tennessee) Sheriff's Detective Grayson Fritts, also a pastor at fundamentalist All Scripture Baptist Church, believes that our civil government should enforce Old Testament law, "speedily" executing gay people simply for being gay. The Alabama state legislature is considering a bill that would allow public schools to offer elective courses on the Bible. The courses would ostensibly educate students on the Bible's influence on literature and history, but it's really just a Trojan Horse to allow Christian teachers to proselytize to a captive audience. Finally, I recommend the new book The Four Horsemen, which transcribes the legendary 2007 conversation of Christopher Hitchens, Richard

  • 277 - One Nation Under God

    277 - One Nation Under God

    02/06/2019 Duración: 32min

    I discuss Kevin M. Kruse's 2015 book One Nation Under God: How Corporate American Invented Christian America. Plus: Ken Ham's Ark Park is hilariously suing its insurance company for failure to cover rain damage. In Alabama (where some probate judges have stopped issuing marriage licenses, lest they be forced to issue one to a gay couple), the legislature has passed a bill that would eliminate the need for licenses or ceremonies. Missouri has refused to renew the license of the last remaining abortion clinic in the state. If the government's refusal stands, this will be the first state to eliminate abortion completely since the Supreme Court's Roe v Wade ruling in 1973. The Supreme Court has ruled that Indiana may require fetal remains be disposed of via burial or cremation. They let a lower court ruling stand that the state may not prohibit abortion on the basis of the fetus's gender, race or disability. (You can still get an abortion for no reason at all.) Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American

  • 276 - Endgame for Roe v Wade?

    276 - Endgame for Roe v Wade?

    19/05/2019 Duración: 45min

    Conservative Max Boot writes an excellent op-ed in the Washington Post titled "It's time for us to have an unapologetic atheist in the Oval Office." Amen, brother. If you're interested, check out Boot's latest book The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right. Televangelist Pat Robertson has said not one but two things this month that I agree with! First, young earth creationism is baloney. Second, that Alabama's extreme new anti-abortion law goes way too far and will not likely survive challenges in the federal court system. And speaking of abortion...several Republican-controlled states have passed stark new laws aimed at outlawing abortion, with the long game of getting the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade. I address several issues: WHY is the issue of abortion so hard to resolve? WHY are Republicans so eager to overturn Roe? Is it really about protecting children, or is it something more nefarious? WHAT is their strategy, if any? WHAT might it mean for ALL civil liberties in this country if co

  • 275 - Hail Satan?

    275 - Hail Satan?

    05/05/2019 Duración: 38min

    I interview filmmaker Penny Lane about her new documentary Hail Satan?, which looks at the surprising growth of The Satanic Temple, a six-year-old organization that engages in confrontational political activism while simultaneously attracting followers interested in their compassionate, rationalist, humanistic belief system. Hail Satan? is in theaters right now! Plus:  Our increasingly connected world means that religious violence in one part of the world can be directly influenced by religious violence in another part of the world, no matter how distant. Witness the fact that the Easter massacre of Catholics in Sri Lanka was revenge for, and the April 27th synagogue shooting in Poway, California was in solidarity with, the March 15th mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. Theme music courtesy of Body Found. Follow American Freethought on the intertubes: Website: AmericanFreethought.com  Podcast Page: http://americanfreethought.libsyn.com  Twitter: @AMERFREETHOUGHT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/g

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