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Category Archive: Politics, Society, History & Law

Jul 01 2014

Atheist in trouble for renouncing Islam

A couple of weeks ago, we at the Atheist Experience were contacted by several people about a story that many of you are probably familiar with by now, the story of Mubarak Bala. According to news reports, Mubarak is 29 years old, and has been active on Twitter under the handle @MubarakBala for quite a …

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May 30 2014

Want to be an excellent skeptic? Learn computer programming

I don’t go into a lot of detail about my work on the show, because it doesn’t necessarily interest everyone. But I do occasionally mention that I’m a software engineer, and work it into my discussions here and there. I had to take a break from the show for a year or so while I …

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Feb 23 2014

Christian Prick Bills

Just this week, the Arizona legislature passed a bill giving believers the right to discriminate against gays and others based on their religious belief. The bill has been touted for protecting “religious liberty”. And indeed, it allows people holding particular religious beliefs to run roughshod over the wishes, desires, and even religious liberty of their …

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Nov 26 2013

What Russell thinks about Christmas

Hello, everyone. I’m putting my name in the post title just so it is totally clear that this is my point of view and I am not speaking for anyone else. On Sunday’s show, someone asked me what I thought about Christmas, and I answered off the cuff. Since then we’ve received a few emails …

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Jul 01 2013

Stand With Texas Women rally

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Today, Jeff, Manda, Lynnea and I went to the Texas capitol for the Stand With Texas Women rally. We heard speeches by State Senator Wendy Davis and NARAL president Ilyse Hogue. The majority of the crowd were women, although a lot of men showed up as well. People showed solidarity by wearing orange shirts. Here …

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May 22 2013

More on the Merry Christmas bill

I got email today from a reporter for “The Christian Post.” He wanted to ask me some questions about my opinions expressed yesterday on Raw Story. I am not familiar with this reporter’s writing, but thought it might be a bad idea to go into a phone conversation cold. So I wrote a message to …

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May 21 2013

Texas “Merry Christmas Bill”

I got quoted at length by a RawStory.com blogger looking for a reaction to the Texas legislature’s latest salvo in the War On Christmas. It was not the most diplomatic interview I’ve ever given. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/21/texas-merry-christmas-bill-is-a-bunch-of-bullsht-says-atheist-tv-host/

Feb 05 2013

Anti-Muslim hysteria in Australia

In Sunday’s show, Matt and Tracie answered some questions about Islam. Afterwards, we got this email from Australia: Hi All A very good show up until the subject of Islam and whether or not it is a threat to the USA constitution. I just don’t know what it will take to wake you guys up …

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Dec 19 2012

Apparently every tragedy is a marketing opportunity

Last Sunday on the show I had an opportunity to address Mike Huckabee’s wildly inappropriate and downright loathsome comment on the First Grade shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  Hours after the attack, Huckabee had this to say: It’s an interesting thing. We ask why there’s violence in our schools but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should …

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Dec 12 2012

Answering Justice Scalia

Recently, during the Q&A period following his talk at Princeton, Justice Scalia asked the following… “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder?” So, I thought I’d take a moment to answer his questions.

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