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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Non-Prophets 10.22

Non-Prophets Radio listeners, rejoice!  Reports of “no new episodes until November” have been greatly exaggerated!

Actually, Lynnea, Dean and I recorded this “guerrilla” episode well over a week ago, but since everyone has been busy and I had to get a new admin login for the NPR site, it just took a while to post.

Introductions: The show

Welcome to our new home on Freethought Blogs.  The transition seems to have gone smoothly, so I assume we’ll have some new people stumbling across us.

The Atheist Experience is a live public access call-in television show based out of Austin, Texas.  It launched in 1997.  You can learn more about the show here, including information on how to watch live and view the extensive archive.  We’ve got two hosts — Matt Dillahunty is on three out of every four weeks, and I (Russell Glasser) host the fourth week.  We also have five rotating cohosts: Don Baker, Jeff Dee, Jen Peeples, Martin Wagner, and Tracie Harris.

Since we have fifteen years of live callers behind us, we’ve covered a pretty wide range of personalities.  They range from slickly packaged professional apologists like Ray Comfort and Matt Slick on one end, to just plain unexpected silliness on the other.

The Atheist Experience is sponsored by the Atheist Community of Austin, a terrific social group which also supports two other podcasts: The Non-Prophets, a round table discussion group; and Godless Bitches, an atheist feminist podcast.

We’re all looking forward to interacting with the Freethought Blogs community at large, and I’ll be writing a new post introducing myself personally as one of your regular bloggers.  Talk to you soon!

Non-Prophets episode 10.11

Two weeks ago there was a great disturbance in the atheist community, like a million voices crying out in unison, then suddenly silenced. They were reacting to the news that it would be an estimated four weeks before the next official Non-Prophets episode would air.

Luckily, the guerrilla gorillas have been hard at work to bring you a brand new tin-cans-and-string episode. If you’re subscribed to the podcast, you may have already known this. If not, check it out at the Non-Prophets audio archive!

Some updates

Hey all. I know there hasn’t been a lot of activity here in several days. Sorry for that, I guess life has us all occupied at the moment. But you folks have done a fine job keeping the home fires burning here, especially as we’ve got a new theist who’s turned up in the thread below. So go have a look at that conversation if you’re so inclined. It could end up rivaling the thread we recently had with Parture, aka Troy.

Just to bring you all up to speed: No AETV tomorrow, due to that stupid pre-emption thing. But I hope you’ll all be excited by the news that the geek trio of myself, Gia Grillo and Chris Conner have recorded one more guerilla Non-Prophets show, right before the resumption of the regular series. I hope to have it fully edited by tomorrow night or so, and up on the feed early in the week at the latest. This one will be a bit shorter than the nearly 2½-hour epic we recorded in July, and we deal with some more current topics of interest. In particular, we air our views on the recent rise in accommodationism and the “don’t be a dick” flap.

Back soon. Until then, play nice (I expect the more mature of you to be off and running with “don’t be a dick flap” jokes), and clean off your knives and put them away neatly before bedtime.

Non-Prophets 9.6 is up

For your consideration.

Gia, Chris and I had a blast doing this. As there was no live chat involved, we’ll just make this an open commentary thread about the show. (Also, here is a much lower bitrate version, as I didn’t take into account just how huge the higher quality version is and I didn’t know at the time what bitrate the guys usually use. So choose this one if you just want a faster download and don’t mind some loss of fidelity.)

The last thing that sidewalk evangelists ever see…

New “renegade” Non-Prophets episode recording tomorrow

During the lengthy and ongoing hiatus that has frustrated NPR fans for months and months, Russell and Lynnea recently recorded their own stop-gap, “renegade” episode to help mark time until the regular show hosted by Denis, Russell and Matt is able to resume. Which they’re saying may be September. Which would be better interpreted as “wait and see.” But as fans were happy with Russell and Lynnea’s effort, there’s no reason not to keep this up, especially as magical internettical computerifical technological magic makes it so easy.

Tomorrow afternoon, I will be recording yet another of these renegade shows, and it should be available on the NPR site by Friday. (It won’t be a livecast though, so no simultaneous chat.) One of my guest hosts will be my dear friend, the beautiful and snarktacular Gia Grillo, aka PamAnnJett, whom most of you will recall from the post here not long ago, in which she recounted her little saga about walking boldly up to a pair of squeaky clean sidewalk proselytizers and mercilessly emasculating them in front of everybody! Hey, she may be small, but she packs a wallop. Joining us also, from the misty forests of northern California, will be our mutual friend, Chris Conner. Mostly our topic will involve how the Internet has played such a powerful role, both as a resource for atheists and a way to forge a sense of community among us that atheists never had before. The rise in atheism’s profile globally; the popularity of shows like AETV and blogs like Pharyngula; the ability for there even to be such a thing as million-selling atheist books; and finally, the many connections of simple friendships open to us — the Internet has done more for the spread of reason than anything, and we’ll talk about how it’s impacted our lives. The Young, Godless, and Fabulous today live in a much different world than the one that afflicted Madalyn O’Hair’s generation. But in many ways, not much has changed and there’s still so much to be done.

All this and other stuff. Look for the new show to be downloadable by the weekend, gang. I’m very much looking forward to it myself.