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What Even Is Blasphemy?

Show Notes

We’ve changed our format slightly to 3 segments with a sort of “Logan’s Corner” to wrap things up with some pop culture and nerd news that isn’t so heavy. Let us know what you think!

Jon & Logan offend religious sensibilities, hurt gods’ feelings, and don’t give a shit.

Jon & Logan talk to Matt Fidler from the Very Bad Words podcast about profanity and context.
http://www.verybadwords.com
https://www.facebook.com/verybadwordspodcast
Twitter: @dirtywordscast

Logan schools Jon on a new VR game called Duck Season that turns out to be a disturbing horror take on Nintendo’s Duck Hunt.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/503580/Duck_Season
https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/13/duck-season-htc-vive-duck-hunt

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What Even Are Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Show Notes

Jon & Logan discuss the history, controversy, and silliness of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Jon & Logan talk to Becca Ray in a candid conversation about her JW childhood and family.
http://www.sarahtalk.com
https://www.patreon.com/SarahTalk

No segment 3 this week because the interview was so good (and long). Sorry!

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Book of Mormon about games of hide-and-seek and pointless scripture.

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What Even Is A Birthright?

Show Notes

Jon & Logan discuss birthrights and patriarchal lineage in Abrahamic religions.

Jon & Logan talk to Thomas Smith about offspring, secular parenting, and our children’s futures.
seriouspod.com
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https://www.facebook.com/openargs
https://www.facebook.com/comedyshoeshine
Twitter: @seriouspod

Jon rants about Republicans’ vilification of “entitlement programs” and the war on poor people.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Qur’an about all-night orgies.

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What Even Is Christianity?

Show Notes

Jon & Logan discuss Christianity’s roots and current state and forbid listeners to watch “The Attic.” Don’t do it!

Jon talks to Callie Wright about progressive Christians and making allies in the religious community.
thegaytheistmanifesto.com
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Twitter: @GaytheistCallie

Jon roasts Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for his butthurt over HBO.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the New Testament and decide that CHURCHES SHOULD BE TAXED!

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What Even Is Indoctrination?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan talk about indoctrination of children and adults. Also, whether Superman belongs in comic books.

Jon talks to YouTuber Steve Shives about his Atheist Reads series and teaching apologetics to children!
https://www.youtube.com/SteveShives
https://www.facebook.com/stevelikestocurse
Twitter: @steve_shives

Jon goes off on some rant about how gun nuts have created their own religion.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Book of Mormon and Schrödinger’s friendship.

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S1E15: What Even Is Atheism?

Show Notes

We’re going to Skepticon in Springfield, MO! Get more info at skepticon.org.

Jon and Logan discuss why atheism isn’t a religion, why you might be hard or soft right now, and whether Rick & Morty is all that important.

Jon and Logan talk to David Silverman of American Atheists about atheism, activism, and conferences! Check out American Atheists at atheists.org.
Facebook: David Silverman
Twitter: @MrAtheistPants

Jon goes nuclear on Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for deflecting away from pedophile priests and sexual assault.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Bible and discuss creamed corn.

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S1E13: What Even Is Patriarchy?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss how penises rule the world and make jokes nobody is going to get.

Jon and Logan talk to Stephanie Guttormson about sexism, feminism, sexual identity, and censorship.
https://www.youtube.com/user/ThinkingStephtically
https://www.facebook.com/stephanie.guttormson
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Twitter: @thematheist

Jon vents about the cruel responses and backlash against the #MeToo hashtag.

Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Bible and learn how obedient the sun and moon are when told to stand still.

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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!
https://www.samsingleton.com
https://www.amazon.com/Sam-Singleton/e/B006OE8MBK
https://www.facebook.com/atheistevangelist/
Twitter: @samsingleton

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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The Catholic Cool Kid

The Fonz

Matthew Archbold penned an article in the Catholic Register today wherein he professes to have proof that atheism is not a “cool choice.” Given that premise alone, I wouldn’t really disagree with the guy. The decision to embrace atheism or not, if based on whether it’s “cool,” would be a poorly reasoned decision and demonstrate a thought process counter to what most atheists view as rational or based in logic. We, in the United States, appear to have a fascination with celebrity and perceived authority so it’s no surprise that famous, outspoken atheists can have an impact on people’s decision-making processes but I’d argue that if the “coolness” of these people were the sole basis for someone’s atheism then we’re filling a pool with irrational people that will ultimately undermine the rationalist basis for the atheist movement (if you believe there’s a “movement” as such). In order to “prove” that atheism is uncool, Matthew presents eight arguments against the choice. I’d like to break these down and discuss them.

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Skepticon IV: LIVE BLOGGING!

Well, the awesome first day has now come to an end. Tonight is a night of drinking and revelry and tomorrow is another day of godlessness. It’s a great weekend to be an atheist!!

-Jon
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Revival! Goddamn!!
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7:55 PM
Ready for Brother Sam’s Revival!! I love Sam Singleton and always try to get myself to any social event where he’ll be.
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PZ and me (I’ve obviously gained some weight). He’s a very approachable scientist and a very friendly guy.
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PZ looking for Rebecca Watson for a special presentation because of the shit she’s been taking online.
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7:00 PM
Next up, PZ Myers! I always love hearing him speak and am looking forward to a more science-driven talk. What can I say? I love learning!
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6:30 PM
Rebecca Watson is talking about the religious right’s war against women. Her facts on reproductive health and education are amazing. I came back from dinner too late, unfortunately, but she’s really rocking it. I’m glad I didn’t miss her talk!
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Greta!!! That woman just hits home runs every time. Her talk was “Why are you atheists so angry?”
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4:10 PM
Greta Christina is up next. She’s awesome!!
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3:30 PM
I officially don’t like Julia Galef’s talk about rationality and emotions. It’s not that the information isn’t accurate or useful, it’s just that she’s difficult to follow and her voice is wearing on my ears.
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2:00 PM
Dan Barker has taken the stage to talk about his experiences as a pastor who lost his faith and had to eventually come out as an atheist to stop lying to people. He just told an excellent story about how Christianity solves a problem that Christianity creates:

Man: Good news, folks!
Passersby: What’s that?
Man: You don’t have to go into my basement!
Passersby: Huh??
Man: Yeah, I had built a torture chamber down there and I was going to put you guys down there to do all kinds of nasty things, but it’s OK now! I sent my son down there instead so now I’m satisfied and don’t need to torture you anymore.

Given this scenario (which Christians will recognize as their deity’s salvation plan) would you then fall down and kiss the man’s feet for “saving” you? Honestly.
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My buddy Frank showed up just before the panel discussion! I’m bringing new heathens into the movement. 😀
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1:00 PM
After a delicious Jimmy John’s BLT for lunch, we’re getting ready for a panel discussion on how non-believers address and deal with death. This should actually be really good.

Oh, and as a sidenote, Brother Sam Singleton recognizes me on sight! That’s freaking awesome.
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10:50 AM
I have my picture taken with David Silverman by JT Eberhard. Everyone here is awesome!
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David Silverman took the stage first to talk about what atheism is/isn’t. Great speaker with good presence. He’s a fantastic representative.
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10:05 AM
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9:45 AM
The conference is HUGE this year! Last year there was a really good turnout and I had the opportunity to meet a lot of new people but this year the registration table lines are overflowing into the street. It’s so awesome to see so many freethinkers banding together in Springfield.

Of course, Christian protesters and proselytizers have showed up at the doors to try and save attendees. When we walked up to the theatre, a debate was going on about god’s nature. Good stuff.
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9:00 AM
It’s that time of year again! The Midwest is again host to the largest skeptic and non-believer conference in the area. I’ll be live-blogging for two days, so check back here hourly for the scoop!