Tracie and Russell discuss indoctrination and field viewer calls.
Don and Russell talk about the mistakes the god of the Bible makes.
Russell and Jen talked about the current statistics of non-believers. One Christian caller thought quantum mechanics should be seen as proof of God, and one “skeptical” atheist thought that belief in an afterlife is plausible without God.
I was asked by a viewer if I would discuss the treatment of gays in Iraq, on today’s program. I did some research, and I’m not sure there is too much to say. “The treatment of gays in Iraq is not acceptable by any standard,” would pretty much sum it up. I plan to mention it, but really it’s just one more drop in the ocean of religious harm. In summary, they are considered morally deviant, and the laws aren’t exactly clear on whether or not they are “allowed” in Iraq or protected at all, or much, from things like honor killings, bashings, and the like. It’s more of the same. And if simply adding “Iraq” to the list of places where religion makes it utterly suck to be gay–then I’m happy to announce that publicly. But outside of detailing some pretty horrible specific cases, I think that gets the point across.
Mat and Don were on today. Have at it.
Russell and Jen discussed religious harassment in the military. Then we took calls from an atheist dealing with depression, an agnostic Mormon trying to decide whether the personal satisfaction of belief outweighs any potential harm, and several others.
Sorry for the late posting, I just realized that neither Matt nor Don ever posts their own threads. Anyway, here it is.
On this Sunday’s show, Russell and Jen will be talking to Dale McGowan from the Foundation Beyond Belief. Dale is the editor and co-author of Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers, and author of the newly-released Atheism for Dummies. He teaches nonreligious parenting workshops across North America and is founding executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief, a humanist charitable organization. In 2008, Dale was named Harvard Humanist of the Year.
Edit: Also, consider this your open thread.
Video streaming by Ustream
This is a week and a half late, but now that the Atheist Experience YouTube channel is operational, and video comments are meant to redirect here, I guess it is mandatory.
Episode 808 with Matt and Jeff: