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!