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Episode 18 | The Dangers of American Theocracy

This episode, Justin had a conversation with his friend Adriane about abuse, neglect, and harm done in the name of religion. They discussed her upbringing and eventual path to atheism, how religious exemption laws harm public health and children’s rights, the current political climate, and the value of citizenship.

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Episode 15 | The Interview: Kelsey Gordon

 

This week, Justin talks with friend and historian Kelsey Gordon. They talk about her questioning of faith, her research on mid-century American popular culture, and the current state of American politics.

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Episode 13 | Thoughts on the “New Center”

 

In this special episode, Justin shares his thoughts on the current state of politics and the emerging “New Center.”

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“We Must Continue the Dream”

The Special Comment: “We Must Continue the Dream”

This originally appeared in Reason Revolution, episode 12.

Heinrich “Henry” Becker arrived in the United States in 1849, stepping off the passenger ship Hermann and claiming a new life for himself in Baltimore, Maryland. His family had lived in Prussia all their lives, but they embarked on a new path for themselves in America. His father, Friedrich Becker, brought his wife, Elizabeth, and their five children (including Heinrich) to United States. He worked as a tailor most of his life in Baltimore but frequently made trips back to Germany. Heinrich, by contrast, likely had odd jobs before settling in Ohio as an employee of an oil mill. He became a  naturalized citizen in 1854 and lived the next six decades in Dayton, Ohio. He died in 1912.

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Episode 11 | The Interview: Luciano Gonzalez

This week, Justin sits down with journalist, historian, and activist Luciano Gonzalez. They have a wide-ranging discussion about his path out of religion, what it’s like to be an atheist in the latinx community, the growing threat of white supremacy and violent extremism, and the value of history to democracy.

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Episode 8 | Pro-Life Democrats, White House Bible Studies, and Legalizing Pot

 

This week, Justin talks about the DCCC’s potential support of pro-life candidates, homeopathy, bible studies in the White House, and ending the federal prohibition of marijuana.

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It’s Time to End the War on Pot

It’s Time to End the War on Pot

This originally appeared in Reason Revolution, episode 8.

In 1936, a church-funded film called Tell Your Children was released in theaters. Originally produced by George Hirliman as a propaganda film, Tell Your Children displayed youths gone wild under the influence of marijuana. However, it is best known to the world under its later title, Reefer Madness. A more salacious version, released just years later, cemented its place as one of most ill-conceived, yet undeniably fascinating pieces of film. In both versions, young people have their lives ruined by the “dangerous” effects of marijuana, with violence, promiscuity, and death as a result of their inhalations. This type of presentation is known as “voodoo pharmacology,” the idea that any drug, no matter how benign, could cause “uncontrollable urge[s] of craving and compulsion.”

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Episode 6 | Humira, Pakistani Atheists, and Losing Religion

 

This week, Justin covers Scientology’s big money donors and their connections to “Big Pharma,” Pakistani atheists facing death for their apostasy, and what we lose, and gain, when we lose our religion.

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Episode 5 | Chiropractors, Looted Relics, and the Decline of White Christian America

 

This week, Justin talks about Robert P. Jones’ research on the “Decline of White Christian America,” Hobby Lobby CEO Steve Green’s looted relics for his Bible museum in Washington, D.C., and why Chiropractic medicine Is nonsense. Also, Cardinal George Pell’s alleged sexual abuse, the link of Saudi Arabia to Islamism, and Kentucky’s public school class on the Bible.

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Episode 4 | The Interview: Justin Scott (Part Two)

 

Justin sits down for the first interview on Reason Revolution with Eastern Iowa Atheists director Justin Scott. In the second part of their four-hour conversation, they continue discussing about the 2016 election, how atheists can reach out to liberals and conservatives, how to effectively communicate about the threat of Islamism, and how people can be activists in their own neck of the woods.

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