Matt and John talk about the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, talk a little bit about copyrights, and take viewer calls.
Don and Tracie talk about the use of emotional manipulation in religious arguments and in the control of believers.
Ralf Buecheler’s documentary about “The Atheist Experience” that has been winning awards on the German film festival circuit is now available to watch for free online! Check it out.
(Please do not reproduce. The filmmakers are still shopping it around for US film festivals.)
We continue discussing Josh Duggar and the grotesqueness of using fundamentalists as live entertainment. (For earlier discussion on this blog, see “the problem with forgiveness as a core value.”)
Also: would nuclear war be the most moral action possible? And, a pen runs out of ink, proving God exists.
Over the last year or so, The Atheist Experience has been the subject of a German documentary. The documentary, Mission Control Texas, is about religion in America, and especially Texas. It’s a study of contrasts as you can see from the trailer, below. They focused on our show, I think, because we are one of the few places where honest discussion happens about religion on the air.
The documentary is done and they are showing it in at least one film festival in Germany and it will be aired on German television in the coming months. If we ever find out how to buy it, we’ll post something here on the blog. For now, enjoy their great trailer.
Don talks about the use of equivocation as a means of misleading people.
Lots of calls this week!
Ryan Bell, new atheist and author of the blog Year Without God, will be my guest today on The Atheist Experience. If you’re in Austin, you can also attend his lecture before the show. It starts at 12:15 PM at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St. See you there!
Don asks whether it’s appropriate to blame religions for the harm of religious belief and what to do about it.