Sam and Dave spend some time talking sports, cars, and videogames, but also manage to be erudite and reflective about dogmatic government. Becky is incensed by kids being harmed. All three remark at nature raging against the machine. News Refugee Resettlement Contractor Inquires about Religion to Reunite Immigrant Kids to Parents House Panel Approves Amendment for Religious Adoption Requirements Family of Woodchucks Eat Paul Ryan’s Car Turkish preacher arrested for sex abuse, fraud, and espionage Gun-loving Sheriff Candidate Wants to Snoop on Muslims About the “Ask An Atheist” Podcast
Ask An Atheist is a weekly radio show dedicated to atheism, skepticism, Secular Humanism, and issues of separation of church and state. AaA was conceived in 2010 by community members Mike Gillis, Casey Doran, Sam Mulvey, and Jeremy Whitman. Each brought different talents to the project, which quickly attracted volunteers from across three counties.
Sam and Wes ask Luke about how he explained a religious funeral to his 8 year-old son. They also discuss the late Harlan Ellison, a Japanese doomsday cult, Pruitt’s resignation, the futility of anti-bullet charm necklaces, fish, and trucks. News Harlan Ellison dies at 84 Japanese Sarin Gas Attack Leaders Executed Nigerian man killed by bullet that bested anti-bullet charm necklace EPA Chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid ethics scandals and environmental policy devastation Information about the Aum Shinrikyo game that haunts Sam’s dreams. (Warning: Turns out, the game has nudity in it. ) Sam’s Open Letter to the Illinois Republicans To: The Illinois Republican Party From: Sam Re: That Guy Hey! Look, I haven’t lived in Illinois for a while, but I’ve still got a lot of family and business there and I pay attention. For one thing, I’ve always thought Illinois Republicans were a cut above, if you know what I mean. I don’t mean we agree on much– I’m some dirty socialist– but at least you folks knew how to Party, as it were. I get not wanting to spend a lot of money in IL-03. You gotta save your resources for winnable battles, and the guy in […]
Becky and Meredith discuss participating as Humanists in immigration protests and migrant solidarity events; with Josh, they pick apart racist/antisemitic candidates, “accidental” racist/antisemitic retweets, and being distracted by beauty on airplanes. Immigration Protests & Solidarity This week: 7/2 Monday at 11:00am-1:00pm Demo at USCIS (US Citizenship & Immigration Service), Tukwila 7/3 Tuesday 8:00am – 1pm Demo at ICE Office, Seattle 7/5 Thursday 2pm – 4pm. Walk a Mile In Our Shoes Congressional Visits 7/6 Friday Banner Drop @ Corporations that collaborate with ICE 7/7 Saturday at 11:30am – 4:00pm: We Stand with Immigrants Symposium in Redmond In General: 9pm nightly there are demonstrations of solidarity with those incarcerated at the Northwest Detention Center in the tideflats/Port of Tacoma. 30 minutes of noise. Families welcome, bring brass and percussion instruments, pots and pans to bang on, noisemakers, anything but whistles. Or, two hands to clap! Saturdays are big visiting days at NWDC. Families and individuals drive from far distances to visit loved ones. Bring non-perishable snacks, juice boxes, water bottles, car-ride games and toys for kids, and messages of solidarity and support. NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC has been running actions and demonstrations for more than 5 years; folks with Resistencia have […]
Sam’s back from a week at Camp Quest Northwest and is excited to talk to Tom and Meredith about everything he missed! Turns out, not much has changed. Jesus is still everywhere and Trump still has the Best Words. Announcements Please join us for an Independence Day Potluck Picnic: 1-5 pm in Seattle’s Ravenna Park, co-sponsored by Humanists of Washington and Seattle Atheists. More information coming! For ideas & resources on how to help in the wake of wide-spread family separation of migrants at our borders, we’ll have links on our webpage at atheist.radio, but check out SupportKIND.org. KIND stands for Kids In Need of Defense, with offices around the country including Seattle. Also the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project at nwirp.org. News Florida Woman sees Hipster Jesus on the back of a horseshoe crab. Christian Zealot vandalizes Tacoma Buddhist temple, calls them devil-worshippers. A Texas billboard which claimed “America is a Christian Nation” has been removed. Trump tosses Starburst candies at Angela Merkel during G7 summit. Trump declares the sixth branch of the US military will be the Space Force. Melania Trump wore a controversial jacket to visit migrant children. Clergy and judges call to revoke the liquor license of Trump’s DC hotel, citing […]
Sam, Dave, and Wes talk about the intersection of religiosity and immigration. Sports and Scifi make an appearance. Call to Action: Help Detained Immigrants and their Kids. News SCOTUS tosses abortion ruling on migrant teen Sessions and Huckabee Sanders justify harsh immigration policies with Bible What’s going on with detention of asylum seekers at border crossers? Atheists might die earlier than religious folks…according to obits Ireland to hold referendum on blasphemy Feedback Hello a friend of mine who is also an atheist told me he hates Homo sapiens. I couldn’t get a good reason out of him. As some one else who is logic driven I ask for help knowing if it is reasonable or not to dislike human? Christopher from Georgia Been listening to your show since it was recommended on Atheist Experience. Really enjoy your show and the emotional journey you and the regular contributors are taking through life. Recently I encountered the only other show to mention Tacoma. The Spud Gooan show. I know you also had a cable TV show. But what is the go with that character? PS: More Sci – Fi, much less sport please. Maynard from Sydney, Australia About the “Ask An Atheist” […]