Until the YouTube video gets uploaded, here’s an audio link.
Below, I’ve put up a partial transcript of what I was saying at the beginning of the show.
Recently, I gave a talk in Abilene that was intended to be an introduction to atheism for an audience of theists. Although only a few Christians showed up to argue, I’m proud of having written this speech and intend to use it again. Unfortunately the recording didn’t turn out well enough to share, so I’m just posting the text instead. Enjoy.
Looks like this post is a bit late.
On a side note: Blip.tv apparently canceled a whole bunch of accounts including ours, completely without warning, pursuing an unspecified “new business strategy.” The entire archive has been deleted, we have no login, and a complaint we sent was met with a generic message repeating what I just said without further explanation. We’re working to restore our video archives and come up with a strategy for posting new videos. This may or may not involve YouTube. We’ll keep you posted.
I had a lot of fun reviewing the Matt vs. Sye debate on my Twitch channel a couple of months ago, so I thought I’d do it again. Justin Schieber, of the very excellent podcast Reasonable Doubts, debated Christian apologist Steven Kozak on the topic “Does the Christian God exist?” You can watch the original debate video here, or just listen to it straight up by subscribing to Reasonable Doubts. But my preferred method of watching a debate is to kill some minions of hell in Diablo III, while commenting at the same time.
Partly in response to the Salon review of Atheist TV last week in which our show was deemed to be “horrifying,” Alex Gabriel has done a bang up job writing about the privilege of being an atheist who doesn’t experience religious abuse, and refuses to believe that anyone else does either. Won’t you take a look?
This is Don. I hijacked this post so that I could share some of the links that I used for the show today, in case anyone else wants to follow some of the details.
The show idea came from David Swanson, “Why We Allow the Destruction of our Planet” in The Humanist magazine. Another good article is How the Religious Right is Fueling Climate Change Denial. Another prominent point came from this disturbing Newsweek poll on end-times belief.
Some of the Christian climate crazy is tracked at Right Wing Watch.
John Shimkus is a powerful Congressman who has had some nutty things to say about whether climate change is real.
James Inhofe is pretty sure climate change is a hoax, though he seems to be in the pocket of those with vested interests.
Some ministries have done multimedia presentations calling scientists idolaters and communists.
John Hagee, who peddles end-time snuff porn as part of his ministry is pretty convinced that bad weather is just all part of the plan.
Hey, good news everyone! The Atheist Experience got reviewed in Salon!
Well, okay, it was not the most complimentary review we’ve ever received.
Well, okay, it’s called “I spent a day watching AtheistTV — and it was horrifying”. The review was set up as a general overview of the new Roku channel from American Atheists, but it also devoted a plurality of its copy to describing scenes from our show, and the cover photo was of Matt and Jen.
Hey everyone, you’ve probably all heard the news by now that The Atheist Experience is now one of the flagship shows for the newly launched Atheist TV channel. Atheist TV is a project of American Atheists, which has created a Roku channel dedicated entirely to programming by freethinkers. At the current time, they aren’t equipped to handle live broadcasts as they happen. However, we have provided them with a number of previously recorded HD episodes, and will continue uploading new content as the shows are completed. Hopefully in the future we can work out a way to air live episodes as well.
A reporter from the BBC got in touch with us to get more information about our show, as a small part of a larger story about Atheist TV and what atheists face in the United States. Based on all the emails we got yesterday (thanks for the breaking news, fans!) the story has gone live.
Coming right up!
Also, if you have any unfinished discussion of last week’s episode 873 with Matt and Don, feel free, because it looks like nobody made a thread. 872 was a skipped show because it fell on a fifth Sunday.