Sam and Wes welcome newcomer Luke Klue. They explore the wisdom of military parades, flu shots, rocket launches, and Trump’s declaration that we are “a nation of believers.” Listener feedback includes a call for volunteers to help facilitate atheist study groups in prisons. Upcoming Events Seattle Atheists will host Darwin Day at The Burke Museum, Feb 18 Save the Date for Ask An Atheist’s 400th episode celebration, Sat., March 31 at 733 Arts in Tacoma News Trump Pines for Military Parade; Military Members Rebuff Him Trump Panders to Religious at Nat’l Prayer Breakfast Trump Religious Adviser Urges Jesus in Place of Flu Shot Flat-Earther Would-be Rocketeer Fails to Launch, Again Feedback Do Autobots need life or car insurance? -Matt from Facebook Is yours the only original program on KTQA? -Ron from Tacoma I grew in a Catholic Family and was surrounded by religious friends and elders. [Now] I’m an agnostic but looking forward to be a gnostic atheist. How did you convert to atheism? ? -Rex from The Philippines 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.
Becky, Meredith, and Josh eat kosher gushers snacks in place of kosher laundry pods while exploring why laundry detergent even has kosher certification to begin with. They also balk at a Texas lawmaker’s attempt to make women “more responsible” about sex by outlawing abortion and an Iowa lawmaker’s attempt to create state standards for high school bible classes. Also: what kind of auto insurance does Jesus need? Announcement: Darwin Day at the Burke Join Seattle Atheists to celebrate the genius of Charles Darwin and the wonder of evolution with games, snacks, crafts, mini-lectures and more at the Burke Museum! Tickets to Darwin Day at the Burke will be free online and will include access to all exhibits in the museum. Seattle Atheists are still looking for volunteers! When: Sunday, February 18, 12pm – 2pm (museum is open 10-5) Where: Burke Museum, 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St. News Iowa considering “Bible Literacy” classes for children. In which we discuss how Tide Pods are not Kosher and YOU SHOULD NOT EAT THEM. Prohibition against suicide, per Rashi: Genesis 9:5 states, “But for your own life-blood I will require a reckoning: I will require it of every beast; of man, too, will I require a reckoning […]
Sam, Meredith, and Wes consider pros and cons of laws that govern mental and reproductive healthcare, analyze increased openness of LGBTQ individuals, mock a priest freaked out by demons, and dress down a bigot who’s destroying America. News Teens increasingly identifying as LGBTQ & atheist compared to previous generations Missouri AG vacates pre-abortion ultrasound law during Satanic Temple court hearings Bill aiming to restrict gay conversion therapy for minors introduced in WA leg Gay Mormon man apologizes to LGBTQ community and announces divorce from wife Irish priest panicks about demonic activity, calls for more trained Catholic exorcists Feedback Hello. I’d like to mention that one thing in particular I have missed when Sam isn’t on the show, is that he’s often the one who brings up an alternative perspective. Sometimes when the show is talking about say Trump supporters, it’s easy for everyone to agree and repeat the same points. Which could be a sign that you’re missing something. Or that there wasn’t much to talk about in the first place. -Odd from Norway Watched a documentary on you guys. Man, what a bunch of juvenile anti-Christian bigots. Rename your show “We’re so smart and sophisticated, let’s mock Patriotic American […]
Sam, Becky, and Wes advocate for health and safety, especially of children, through a discussion of politics in the shadow of the women’s marches 2.0, National Religious Freedom Day, a government shutdown, and 1 year under Donald Trump. We touch on more Blockchain inanity, and a state seal that forces people to rule under God. News The image that drew the ire of a South Dakota lawmaker. In other words, the Streisand Effect. care of Argus Leader South Dakota bill proposes jail time for altering state seal, removing God-reference BananaCoin urges blockchain agro-investment Trump celebrates National Religious Freedom Day with Health & Human Services Department move that threatens anti-discrimination protections for patience McConnell wants Dems to choose between children’s health and childhood immigrant arrivals Feedback Regarding Bitcoin mining guilds and World of Warcraft; there’s a pretty cool examination of this concept in Neal Stephenson’s Reamde, if you’ve not already read it. Also it’s true that blockchain enthusiasts usually have no idea how cryptocurrencies actually work, hence the term “Dunning-Kurgerrands”-Dean from Paris In our segment two weeks ago with Mandisa Thomas, founder of Black Nonbelievers, Mandisa mentioned that just days before our interview, an intake specialist at her local ER […]
Shithole. Then, Arpaio. Next, Sam toys with changing the show’s name to Ask A Blockchain, until Dan and Josh help calculate environmental impact of cryptocurrency use. Finally, Dan explains the science of sleep paralysis and exploding head syndrome. News Iced tea company tries to cash in on blockchain craze Competing Christian cryptocurrency launched Bitcoin consumes ridiculous energy per transaction Sheriff Joe attempting Senate run About the “Ask An Atheist” Podcast