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!
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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.
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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
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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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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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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!

AKA Al Laiman


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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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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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Wrestling With Politics

Greg Gianforte

On May 24, 2017 in a high-stakes Montana Congressional election, Greg Gianforte (R) “bodyslammed” Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs and broke his glasses. If you’re asking yourself what Jacobs could have done that was deserving of physical violence, the answer is this: he asked Gianforte questions.  Gianforte was apparently fed up with reporters dogging him about the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and its dismal Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score.  Jacobs’ was unfortunate enough to be the question that sent Gianforte over the edge.  Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna (yes, Fox News!) witnessed the occurrence and documented it the following day here.  Gianforte won the election at the same time as charges were being brought against him for assault.

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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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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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Hanging Out The Walsh – Persecution

David Daleiden

This “Hanging Out The Walsh” series will be an ongoing critique of Matt Walsh’s blog posts and podcast in an effort to highlight misinformation, blatant lies, and misapplication of religious ideas to the real world.

Mr. Walsh published an article decrying the political persecution of David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress due to charges being brought against them for having misrepresented themselves, filmed discussions without consent and heavily edited them before release in order to present an argument that Planned Parenthood murders as many babies as they can in order to sell fetal tissue to research companies and, I suppose, make a bajillion dollars in order to fund their Satanic cult.

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