Aug 06 2011

This Week in Christian Nationalism

A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to launch a podcast this summer, mainly because I can just never find enough time to write about all the batshit crazy crap going on with the wingnut theocrats. I wasn’t planning on launching my podcast, which will be called “This Week in Christian Nationalism,” until the end of August, but when I was invited by Ed Brayton to have a blog here, I couldn’t think of a better place for what I wanted to do, even though the launch date of this site was a bit sooner than the date I was shooting for with the podcast.

The “This Week in Christian Nationalism” podcast, which I’ll be doing every Friday, will be a rundown of the week’s Christian nationalism news, and will also include updates and segments on ongoing issues (because some of these things just won’t seem to go away). My blog here will be a companion to the podcast, where I’ll be posting other stuff about the scourge of Christian nationalism in between podcasts. (And I’ll probably also be posting some silly shit too, because sometimes I just can’t help myself.)

I had intended my first post here to be the preview episode of the podcast that I made back in May as my contribution to a Harold Camping’s judgement day video marathon, but ran into a little snag with being able to embed the video. But, after trying about a dozen “solutions,” I finally found one that worked.

This preview episode is just a rough video made in iMovie, with me just sitting down at my desk and turning the camera on, but it’ll give everybody a taste of what the format of the real podcast is going to be like.



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  1. 1
    Brett McCoy

    Looking forward to more of these podcasts!

  2. 2

    All good information and considering it was your first time, pretty well done!

    I could hardly tell you were reading! ;)

  3. 3
    Chris Rodda

    I was sort of half reading and half just talking, but there’s actually a reason for the very visible pieces of paper on my desk that I keep picking up. The fundies have accused me of using a teleprompter in my other videos, as if that would somehow make what I’m saying not true. In those videos I was using the webcam on my computer, and had notes on the computer screen so I wouldn’t leave anything out, and would make sure any direct quotes were completely accurate, etc. Apparently, the Barton and Beck followers thought that I was trying to hide that I was reading something. One of them even made the completely ridiculous comment that I didn’t have any original thoughts because I was reading something, not being able to comprehend that anything I was reading was something I had written myself, so they were still MY thoughts! Another genius was all proud of himself for being able to absolutely prove that I was reading because he could see the reflection of a computer screen in my glasses — in a video where I was talking into a freakin’ webcam. So, in my podcast, I will have my notes printed out on paper, like in the preview, instead of on the computer screen. That way, the fundies can’t make ridiculous comments about me trying to hide that I’m … OMG … READING!

  4. 4

    Just a friendly cheers from Jan in Sweden, I’m so glad to see you in the blogosphere!
    Bought your book on recommendation from Ed Brayton. I think your work is just totally cool. Keep it up!

  5. 5

    Will it be like a variety hour with Topo Gigio like Ed Sullivan used to do!

  6. 6
    Chris Rodda

    I actually do have a few Jesus action figures who might make an appearance from time to time — one who’s on wheels, and one whose hands glow in the dark ;-)

  7. 7
    Brett McCoy

    I’d trust someone’s podcast more that they are referring to notes rather just pull “facts” out of their ass on the fly and asserting they reflect reality somehow.

  8. 8

    I am looking forward to these podcasts.

    Could you make them available as audio only .mp3 files?
    Website players like those used by vimeo, youtube, etc, are always finicky and unreliable on my elderly computer, but playing a separately downloadable mp3 or ogg file always works smoothly.

  9. 9
    Chris Rodda

    I’m going to be doing this in different formats and putting it on iTunes, etc. Like I said, this site launched before I was ready to go with the podcast, so I still have a bit more work to do for the real podcast launch. I can definitely add an audio only version to my plans. That’s easy.

  10. 10

    sweet, thank you.

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