Bi Any Means Podcast #138: Queer Disbelief with Camille Beredjick

My guest for today is Camille Beredjick. She’s a journalist who blogs about LGBTQ rights on the blogs GayWrites and Friendly Atheist. She has a new book out called “Queer Disbelief” that explains why atheists should care about LGBTQ rights. Today we talk about her back story, her work, and the new book.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #137: Yelling at the Atheist Community with Larry Yellingman

My guest for today is Larry Yellingman. He’s the host of the new podcast Man Yelling at the News where he and two guests talk—and yell—about the latest news. Today I have him on the show to get to know him a little bit more, but mostly to yell at the atheist community.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #135: Secular Soup with Amy and Ami

My guests for today are Amy with a Y and Ami with an I from the Secular Soup podcast. Secular Soup is a new podcast where two self-described blueberries floating in a bowl of tomato soup talk about atheism, feminism, politics, parenting, and whatever else they feel like talking about. Today I have them on the show to talk about the podcast, their back stories, and why they hate Tom and Cecil from Cognitive Dissonance so much.

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How Dogmatic Perfectionism Nearly Killed Me — My Latest for Ravishly

When I was a Christian, one of my favorite books was The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning. He was a former Franciscan priest who struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. Through his struggles he came to believe that God’s grace was big enough for a ragamuffin like him, and that he didn’t have to do anything to earn God’s love. Because of this amazing grace, he was finally able to be okay with his own imperfection.

“To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story,” he wrote, “the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God’s grace means.”

While I am no longer a Christian — mostly because I read all the parts of the Bible Manning didn’t mention — I still love the idea of embracing my inner ragamuffin. Like Manning, I’m a walking paradox. I love and I hate. I’m peaceful and I’m violent. I’m honest and I’m hypocritical. I fight for liberation and I perpetuate systems of oppression. It’s just now, at 34 years old, that I’m beginning to be okay with it. As the old song goes, “I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger.”

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Bi Any Means Podcast #134: Skepticism and Social Justice with Cory Johnston

My guest for today is Cory Johnston. He’s the main host of the Brainstorm Podcast, as well the podcasts Skeptic Voices and The Hardcore Skeptic Examines. Today we get to know Cory a little bit more, plus talk about why there’s such a huge rift among skeptics about social justice.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #133: Atheism and Asexuality with Emily Karp

My guest for today is Emily Karp. She was one of the co-hosts of the Recovering from Religion Podcast, and currently blogs about asexuality and fandom at luvtheheaven.wordpress.com. She’ll be co-presenting a workshop at this year’s Creating Change conference about asexuality, so I’ve got her on the show to talk about ace visibility in both the atheist community and the LGBTQ community.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #131: Top 10 Favorite Episodes of 2017

Today on the show I’m counting down my top ten favorite episodes of 2017. It’s a similar structure to last year’s best of 2016 episode, but because Spreaker doesn’t list most downloaded episodes in numerical order anymore and I’m too lazy to do the math myself, I decided to just list my personal favorite episodes from this past year instead. That way I can highlight episodes that didn’t get a lot of downloads.

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The Biskeptical Podcast #37: #NoMoore

Since our recent #MeToo episode, there have been a lot more famous men outed for sexual misconduct, including Al Franken, Matt Lauer, and Garrison Keillor. Today, however, we focus on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore because holy shit, there’s so much to unpack with this one! Who’s still supporting him, who’s calling for his resignation, and is this the end of his political career?

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Bi Any Means Podcast #126: Social Justice and Humanism with James Croft

My guest for today is James Croft. According to his bio, “James Croft is a Humanist activist and public speaker who has swiftly become one of the best-known new faces in Humanism today. He is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge and Harvard, and is recently completed his Doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a leader in training in the Ethical Culture movement – a national movement of Humanist congregations – he is an in-demand public speaker, an engaging teacher, and a passionate activist for human rights. James is a committed Humanist and a Humanist Celebrant, who wants to build communities which foster the development of non-religious social capital and give naturalists the space to come together and appreciate each other more deeply. To further this aim, James works as the Outreach Director of the Ethical Society of St. Louis – one of the largest Humanist communities in the world. He believes that society is desperately in need of living communities dedicated to human flourishing and freedom.” And today I’ve got him on the show to talk about why humanism and social justice should go hand-in-hand.

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