How to submit news for The Non-Prophets

People often email The Atheist Experience to ask if we’ll be covering a specific current event or relevant topic. The answer is usually no, because The Atheist Experience isn’t that kind of show — we may discuss brief topics to fill time, but mostly we are driven by callers. But guess what? The Non-Prophets is a current events show, hosted by me, Jeff Dee, and Denis Loubet, airing every other week. We do an audio broadcast live on Ustream every first and third Wednesday of every month, and you can also listen to the show as a podcast.

If you come across a piece of news worthy of discussion at any time, you are invite to post a link in a tweet with the hashtag #NonProphetsNews. No need to post it at any specific Twitter account, although I am @RussellGlasser if you have a general message. I always scan the complete list of tweets using that hashtag since the last show aired. Using the hashtag is absolutely the most reliable way to bring it to my attention as weekly news; emailed links tend to get lost in the shuffle. If I read your story, I will usually try to mention your name or Twitter handle on the show as credit.

Here are some guidelines for stories that are likely to be used:

  • I’m looking for direct links to written stories about interesting or unusual events that have some kind of significant religion, science, or civil rights angle. We will be reading and discussing interesting stories on the air, not necessarily your comments about the story.
  • Please don’t send videos (I can’t read a video!) or vague references to a topic of interest with no link.
  • I prefer articles with minimal editorial slant. We prefer to do our own editorializing. In other words, New York Times > RawStory > Some guy’s blog.
  • An exception to the above rule is that we do a weekly segment titled “Shit Internet Apologists Say.” I’m looking for the silliest, most outrageous example of the online community making bad arguments or being bigoted and ridiculous. If you’re submitting a story as SIAS rather than news, mention that.
  • As a guideline, I have a sporadically maintained document with the following categories: Atheist Data, US Politics, International, Social Justice / gay rights, Science, Religious Outrage, “Just Silly”, and of course, “SIAS candidates.”

(No need to post any news in the comments of this post; this is a general information post that I will be linking people to if they have questions.)

Stop being surprised that the pope is not your friend

All last week I had to listen to reporters falling all over themselves to praise Pope Francis’s performance in front of Congress. And then Francis had a private meeting with prominent anti-gay activist Kim Davis, and all of a sudden everyone is feeling confused and betrayed.

I feel the need to remind people occasionally that you should be listening to The Non-Prophets, because we’ve talked plenty about Pope Francis’ “progressive” persona, and we’ve been openly skeptical of him since the beginning. So here’s your reminder, because even Bill Maher used to gush about this guy:

I think the pope might be an atheist like I think Obama is. He said this week, ‘Pope Frank’ said the Lord has redeemed all of us, not just Catholics, even the atheists. And I was like, I’m going to book my flight to heaven right now.

The fact is that the Catholic Church was not ever becoming as progressive as anyone media seemed to think. On day 1, the pope hired a PR guy who used to work for Fox News. No, seriously, read all about it here. Francis was really good at saying platitudes that sounded like forward movement on certain issues, but were really just repackaging of traditional Catholic dogma.

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The annual bat cruise is TODAY

Lecture by Heina Dadabhoy begins at  2:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, at 40th and Speedway (4001 Speedway, Austin, TX 78751).

Cruise leaves at 6 PM, don’t be late. Meet at 5:30pm at Capital Cruises’ dock, on the river, behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel, on the South side of the river. That’s between the Congress Ave. bridge and the 1st St. bridge, on the South shore. The number for Capital Cruises is (512)480-9264 if you need last minute help, or see their web site.

Heina will also be cohosting The Atheist Experience show tomorrow.

Shit Internet Apologists Say: Whiny anti-gay marriage medley!

Forgive the link dump, but I have just been cleaning up my Non-Prophets News document in preparation for tonight’s show (tune in live!) and I didn’t want to let go of a special segment that was brimming with schadenfreude.

If you’re not listening to The Non-Prophets: Well first of all, you should be. Second of all, I do this regular segment called “Shit Internet Apologists Say!” in which I do a dramatic reading of some recent over-the-top ridiculousness by a religious blogger or columnist, and the other hosts help to pick it apart.

Of course, on the last episode gay marriage had recently become the law of the land, so I did a Very Special Episode where I scattered this stuff in bits and pieces throughout the episode. I don’t keep these news stories forever; however, this batch deserves to be saved for posterity. Some of these I didn’t even get to finish reading.

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TV show update

I’m in the Dallas airport with Matt Dillahunty, who has been working tirelessly all week to get the ACA studio set up to broadcast the show this weekend. At this time it looks like broadcasts should continue on Ustream without a hitch. The alternate Channel Austin site will not stream the show this week, but if all goes well, we should be able to stream live on our YouTube channel now.

Since three of us are unavailable to host this week, we had to call in a special strike team, so I’m pleased to say that Non-Prophets host Jeff Dee will be in the host spot this Sunday, with Martin Wagner as cohost.

Calls are still up in the air. This may not work, but please try to Skype or Google hangout with the address Add this contact early if you plan to connect.

Enjoy the show! Unless you’re in St Louis. If you are, come to Gateway to Reason and meet us instead!