Staying Out Of It: A Reflection

Thomas Smith

Those who don’t know Thomas Smith (@TandtheB) and haven’t followed the controversy over Mythicist Milwaukee probably don’t have any interest in debates, Shitlords, or…Mythicist Milwaukee (MM).  While I’m not in that camp I have stayed away from the controversy surrounding Sargon of Akkad, an apparently horrible human being and YouTuber with a rather rabid following.  I had several reasons for doing this, which I’ll detail below, but after the nightmare that was MM I feel like I’ve dropped the ball as someone who calls themselves an activist and a part of the skeptical & humanist communities.  This is a long overdue retrospective on my handling of this situation.

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S1E10: What Even Is Evangelism?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss evangelists and decide Voltron is more interesting than religion.

Jon talks to Rosco Jackson, aka Brother Sam, about atheist evangelism!
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Jon talks about how the line between evangelism and proselytising is non-existent.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Qu’ran and learn that every religion is equally wrong.

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S1E9: What Even Is Marriage?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss the non-traditional roots of traditional marriage and how they’re no yoke.

Jon talks to Marissa Alexa McCool and Ari Stillman about podcasting gender!

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Jon rants about how defenders of traditional marriage cannot justify their objections to same-sex marriage.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Bible and learn that rape apologists got their start on Moses’ watch.

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S1E8: What Even Is Satan?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss the dark lord of Hell and what he even is and does.

Jon talks to Steve Hill about Satanism and our criminal justice system!
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Jon rants about how stupid the concept of Satan is and why believing in an evil being leads to bad behavior.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Bible and discuss why you shouldn’t cut off your hands.

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S1E7: What Even Is Creationism?

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Jon and Logan discuss creationism and all of its failures to attack and replace science with magic.

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Podcast Update: Computer Trouble

Broken Laptop

To our wonderful listeners: regrettably, backups on Jon’s editing PC stopped working last week and while logging in on Tuesday, the computer decided it no longer wanted to be a computer.  Jon is actively praying to Odin to resolve the issue but this unfortunately means there will be no Wayward Willis episode this week.  We will be back next week with our best episode yet (probably edited on a Mac)!

In the meantime, we’d like to urge you to help Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts by donating to Foundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Disaster Recovery team.  Thank you for your support!

S1E6: What Even Is Tithing?

Show Notes

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Jon and Logan discuss the history, basis, and effectiveness of tithing. We also posit that economics isn’t a believer’s strong suit.

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S1E5: What Even Is God?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss Jehovah, the Judeo-Christian god, the idea of a trinity, and whether or not Jesus’ sacrifice was worthwhile.

Jon and his girlfriend interview her six-year-old son about his concept of god and “death god.”

Jon talks about the god conundrum and why believers can’t really resolve an inconsistent god concept.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the New Testament!

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Pro-Truth Pledge

Pro-Truth Pledge

The Wayward Willis podcast has taken the Pro-Truth Pledge and committed itself to providing only factual, verifiable information and, wherever necessary, providing corrections or retractions in a timely manner.  Although this podcast deals in opinion and is intended to entertain and amuse, certain segments of the show present perspectives on politics and social issues that require careful and thoughtful examination and presentation of facts.  As hosts of this podcast we’re committed to stopping the spread of misinformation.

In an age where opening a browser window or picking up your phone may result in an overwhelming flood of news and information from an overwhelming number of sources we feel it’s particularly important that we hold the sources of this news and information accountable.  There is a tangible benefit to society when public voices deal in facts and there are notable consequences when they don’t.

We feel that the Pro-Truth Pledge is an appropriate movement with which this show should be associated and we’re helping to put the word out to other public figures as well.

Respect Revisited: Drumpf

Make Donald Drumpf Again

Back in 2011 I wrote a blog post titled “Respect For Respect’s Sake” detailing the reasons why a request for respect without good reason is invalid and not worthy of consideration.  Over the weekend I was told I needed to stop calling Donald J. by his original family name, Drumpf, because he obviously changed it and I should show him some respect.  This imperative was given to me by a Drumpf voter in my immediate family and I said I would neither do it on the grounds of a legal name change nor on the grounds of showing respect.  I’d like to detail my reasons, as though any reasonable person would need help figuring it out.

Drumpf Middle Finger
Fuck you, America! I’m president and you’re not!

First let me outline the reasons I don’t respect Donald J. Drumpf:

  1. He behaves like a spoiled child
  2. He revels in his ignorance of how the world works
  3. He uses the words, “Trust Me”
  4. He continues to demean women
  5. He never tells the truth

Now, to my main points regarding respect:

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