belief – The Wayward Willis Podcast

What Even Are Heavenly Treasures?

Jon and Logan talk about sliding down elephant trunks, flying, and having unbelievable sex with raisins!

Jon talks to Phil Ferguson about investing, futures, tithing, and what you can do with money that’s better than burning it.
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Logan talks about Nintendo Labo and what it feels like to buy cardboard packaged in cardboard and the future of cardboard sex robots.

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What Even Is Fundamentalism?

Jon and Logan talk about literalism, inerrancy, and Fundies! Also, confirmed we did not poop our collective pants.

Jon talks to Tracie Harris of The Atheist Community Of Austin, The Atheist Experience, and Godless Bitches.
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Logan talks about “Rogue-like” video games and the RPG genre.

Intro music by Austin Colón:
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What Even Is Superstition?

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Jon and Logan talk about superstitions and their relationship to religion and fear. We even enumerate some pretty great and silly superstitions for your enjoyment!

Jon talks to Margaret Downey about the Freethought Society, the Boy Scouts, and The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treament Center.
http://www.ftsociety.org

Journey Stories

Tree of Knowledge


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Logan talks about the lore behind the game, Diablo! Jon’s unsure as to whether he wants to play it, as you might expect from a grumpy old man.

Intro music by Austin Colón:
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What Even Are Raëlians?

Jon and Logan talk about the sexy UFO cult of Raul, the lone volcano crater inhabitant. Also, Soylent Green is people!!!

Jon talks to Ross Blocher about his podcast, his co-host, and his personal experiences with becoming a honorary Raelian.
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No segment 3 this week because Jon was attending the American Atheists National Conference.

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S1E14: What Even is Mormonism?

Show Notes

Jon and Logan discuss how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints got its start and some of the silliness of its founder.

Jon and Logan talk to Bryce Blankenagel about the LDS Church, Joseph Smith, and being an exmo…and brownies!
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Jon and Logan break down a verse from the Book of Mormon and learn that drilling air holes in your submarine lets you breathe.

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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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Walgreens: Objecting To Your Job

Walgreens Logo

A recent story detailed an interaction between a customer and a Walgreens pharmacist where, due to the pharmacist’s deeply held personal beliefs, the customer was denied a prescription for a birth control drug and made to go to a different pharmacy to have it filled. It’s important to note that Walgreens did not refuse to fill the prescription at all; their policy simply accommodates individual pharmacists who refuse to do their job and “allow” customers to fill their prescriptions at another Walgreens location where, presumably, a different pharmacist would be willing to fill it. Another note: this isn’t just a Walgreens thing; their policy reflects laws established at the state level allowing businesses to exercise discretion for conscientious objectors based on the employees’ moral or religious beliefs. In order to confirm the veracity of the story, I wrote an e-mail to Walgreens’ customer relations department and got the following response:

To fairly resolve these situations, and where allowed by state law, we believe it’s reasonable to respect the individual pharmacist’s beliefs by not requiring them to fill a prescription they object to on moral or religious grounds. We also believe it’s reasonable to meet our obligation to the patient by having another pharmacist at the store fill the prescription. If another pharmacist is not on duty, we will arrange to have the prescription filled at a nearby pharmacy before the patient leaves the store.

This is problematic for a number of reasons and I’d like to detail them here.

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Beliefs Are Not For Voting

Believing in God

If I could summarize this post in one sentence it would be this:

Your personal beliefs are not what’s good for the country.

Let me clarify. A belief system is personal, subjective, and evolving. The things you believe aren’t necessarily the things your neighbor believes. Often, the things you believe aren’t the same as the person sitting next to you in your church, mosque, temple, or support group. You may feel strongly about a topic or issue but it would be incredibly arrogant for you to assume that everyone else does – or should. When you hold a personal belief it’s virtuous for you to live your life according to that belief but it’s evil for you to try to force others to do the same, regardless of your intentions.

Merriam-Webster defines “belief” as follows:

  • a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true

  • a feeling that something is good, right, or valuable

  • a feeling of trust in the worth or ability of someone

Notice the word “feeling” used in all of these definitions?  Feelings are personal and cannot be objectively shared across an entire population.  Your feelings are fine when they stay inside of your personal bubble but you should not attempt to extend that bubble to other people – especially when they don’t want to be inside your bubble, no matter how safe and warm you think it is.

Your beliefs are formed by your personal experiences in life (or opinions you’ve adopted from other people with or without justification), which shape your feelings about the things you encounter. It’s easy to see that other people have lived different lives with different backgrounds, different family dynamics, and different experiences than you. Knowing that, why is it so hard to see that your beliefs don’t apply to them? It doesn’t matter that you feel your beliefs are correct and it doesn’t matter whether you think your beliefs make sense. There will always be someone out there who disagrees because they’ve formed their own (often incompatible) beliefs on their own life experiences and most likely feel that theirs are correct and make sense.

The things you believe now aren’t the same as the things you believed when you were five years old or 15 years old because you’ve matured and learned more about how the world works since then. 15 years from now it’s entirely possible that your belief system will have changed – sometimes in drastic ways.

Your vote doesn’t just affect you. Think about that when you think about voting. If your primary concern is which candidate shares more of your personal beliefs than the other, you’re using the wrong criteria for your decision. You should be worried about which of the candidate’s beliefs are going to make it into his or her policy and how that policy will affect the citizens (not just the religious ones) of this country and people around the world.

Stop being selfish with your vote.