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Episode-020_-Zerin-Firoze-Ex-Muslim-Atheist-and-Asylum-Seeker

 

 

On this episode, I speak with Zerin Firoze, a courageous young woman and ex-Muslim from Bangladesh, a country where many atheist and agnostic bloggers have been murdered by fundamentalist Muslims in recent years. She is currently living in the US as an asylum-seeker and describes herself as an atheist, feminist, NASA geek, and aspiring doctor.

Zerin has talked and written about her transition from Muslim to atheist feminist in other places. From a young age, she started questioning the Islamic faith of her community and school. When she first learned in school about the Battle of Badr, fought by Muhammad in 624 CE against the Pagan tribes of Mecca, she started to think about how morally backwards it is to praise the exploits of a religious warrior spreading his religious dogma by the sword. As an apostate in Bangladesh, boldly and openly taking the “leap of doubt” after being exposed to information on the Internet critical of Islam, she faced death threats from the same people who murdered atheist bloggers in that country who made themselves even more visible.

In our discussion on this episode, Zerin talks about her day-to-day life in the US as an asylum seeker and full-time nursing student, how she has managed the transition from one culture to another, and how that process has shaped who she is today and her love of science, medicine, and progressive humanist values.

Links:
Zerin M. Firoze, “Journey of a Bangladeshi Woman from Islam to Atheism,” Faithless Feminist, https://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/journey-bangladeshi-woman-islam-atheism/

Zerin M. Firoze, “Journey of an Ex-Muslim Atheist from Bangladesh to the USA,” Faithless Feminist, https://faithlessfeminist.com/blog-posts/journey-ex-muslim-atheist-bangladesh-usa/

Zerin Firoze at the American Atheists 2017 National Convention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93h0fO78Gcw

This week’s shout-out: Guy P. Harrison, author of the new book “At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life” (https://tinyurl.com/y7qgmfys).

Check out the interview I did with Guy last year on the Trolling with Logic podcast: http://www.trollingwithlogic.com/055-race-even-real-guy-p-harrison/

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The opening clip is an excerpt from the audiobook “God is Not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, courtesy of Hachette Audio. Text Copyright 2007 by Christopher Hitchens. Audio production copyright 2007, Hachette Audio. Used with permission.
The opening and ending music is “Jade” by Esther Nicholson and is used under license. The editing was done by Rich Lyons of the “Living After Faith” podcast.

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Website_ EPISODE 19_ EMPATHY, ENGINEERING, AND FEMINISM

In this episode, we tackle the issue of sexism in STEM education, both in the past and in the present, and the important yet seemingly counter-intuitive roles emotional intelligence and empathy play in the way scientists, technologists, and engineers design and build for people. My guest for this episode is Sarah Nicholson, who has recently graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in thermodynamics and fluid dynamics. She is also a freelance graphic designer and activist who writes and speaks about feminism, environmentalism, and emotional intelligence. Fun fact: Sarah is also the one who designed the image graphic and logo for this podcast.

In our discussion, Sarah describes the research project she has undertaken to develop an evidence-based method for how engineers might go about including scientifically valid biological differences between men and women in their designs in a way that is non-sexist. And how should engineering students and educators go about identifying those different capabilities and needs in the first place?

Links:

Sarah Nicholson’s website: http://sarahnicholson.co/

Sarah Nicholson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahnicholsons

Paula J. Caplan, et al., “Gender Differences in Human Cognition” (Oxford University Press, 1997; Oxford Scholarship Online, 2012), https://tinyurl.com/y9fuu86h.

Angela Saini, “Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story” (Beacon Press, 2017), https://tinyurl.com/y9a6fr79

 

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The opening clip is an excerpt from the audiobook “God is Not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, courtesy of Hachette Audio. Text Copyright 2007 by Christopher Hitchens. Audio production copyright 2007, Hachette Audio. Used with permission.

The opening and ending music is “Jade” by Esther Nicholson and is used under license.  The editing was done by Rich Lyons of the “Living After Faith” podcast.

Website_ EPISODE 13_ PASSIONATE ATHEISM

On this episode, I speak with Sally Hunt, atheist activist and author of the blog and YouTube channel The Passionate Atheist. According to her website, she “advocates for the separation of church & state, comprehensive sex education, sex-positivity, feminism, social, racial, & economic justice, and equal human rights for all.” She is the Public Relations Director of The Original Motto Project, which seeks to replace the divisive and discriminatory U.S. motto, “In God We Trust,” with the original – and rightful – U.S. motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” (meaning “From many, one”) or the first three words of the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”

Sally and I discuss her public, peaceful opposition to the huge “In God We Trust” display emblazoned in the town hall meeting room of the Board of Aldermen in Wentzville, Missouri, and of her experience being cut off and kicked out of the meeting. We discuss her appearance on Fox News’ show “The Ingraham Angle” following that event, where she faced off with Ingraham and MO State Senator Bob Onder. We also talk about the failure of abstinence-only sex education and Sally’s campaign against Thrive’s “Best Choice” program, a curriculum written by Christians with an agenda to insert religious doctrine concerning sex into public school classrooms.

Links:

Sally Hunt’s website and blog: http://thepassionateatheist.com/author/sallyhunt/

Sally Hunt YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/sallymander44

Sally Hunt on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sallybhunt

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/passionateatheist

Expose Thrive website: https://www.exposethrive.com/

Hemant Mehta, “Atheist Kicked Out of MO Town Meeting After Criticizing ‘In God We Trust’ Sign,” Friendly Atheist, February 16, 2018, https://tinyurl.com/y7jlmchl.

The Original Motto Project’s video of Sally Hunt speaking at the Wentzville, MO council meeting opposing “In God We Trust”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la7TJKVSwsM

Sally’s appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzunZpw-jv4

Sally’s commentary and analysis on her Fox News appearance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYpfG506JmY

 

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The opening clip is an excerpt from the audiobook “God is Not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, courtesy of Hachette Audio. Text Copyright 2007 by Christopher Hitchens. Audio production copyright 2007, Hachette Audio. Used with permission.

The opening and ending music is “Jade” by Esther Nicholson and is used under license. The editing was done by Rich Lyons of the “Living After Faith” podcast.

This episode, Justin spoke with author and activist Hypatia Alexandria. They talked about her Catholic upbringing, her path to atheism and humanism, issues within the Latino community and their relationship to religion, and how political activism and secular humanism can resolve some of these issues. A special thanks to Karen Garst for making this conversation happen.

Contact Hypatia: hypatia@arauco.com

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Website_ EPISODE 7_ ABORTION IS A HUMAN RIGHT

In this episode, we explore the issue of women’s reproductive rights. The historic 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade upheld women’s dignity and placed constitutional protections around women’s freedom of choice and right to control their own body by making abortions legal in the United States. But this human right has been under constant attack by the anti-choice movement in the four decades since. Dr. George Tiller, the late-term abortion provider who was murdered by a gunman in a church in May 2009, often made the statement that people need to listen to women and understand what they are going through. I’m doing my own small part in this discussion by speaking with two women in this episode for whom abortion and reproductive rights is important.

In the first part of this episode, I speak with Amy (the one with a ‘y’), one of the two hosts of the Secular Soup podcast, who shares her perspective as someone who worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic. We discussed what Planned Parenthood actually does (including all the basic care services that do not include abortion), her experiences with protecting patients from protesters, what life was like for women before Roe v. Wade, the Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws that have been quietly put into legislation by anti-choice lobbies, and why the pro-choice side should be unapologetic about upholding abortion as a human right.

In the second part of this episode, I interview Jen of the Not Another Atheist Podcast about her own personal experiences with the abortion procedure and how to effectively debunk myths associated with it, including the myth that most women regret their decision to have an abortion.

Secular Soup podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/secular-soup

Not Another Atheist Podcast: https://notanotheratheistpodcast.podbean.com/

Recommended resources:

Dr. George Tiller clip: “I’m a woman-educated physician”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V52JQ4Z3rjs

Documentaries:
Soldiers in the Army of God (HBO, 2000)
12th & Delaware (HBO, 2010)
After Tiller (Doc Club, 2013)
Trapped (Roco Films, 2016)

Ann Fessler, The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade (New York: Penguin Books, 2006)

Susan Wicklund, This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor(New York: PublicAffairs, 2007)

Dr. Willie Parker, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice (New York: Atria Books, 2017)

Ruth Graham, “The Myth of Abortion Regret”: http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2016/10/the_myth_of_abortion_regret.html

“Appeals Court Won’t Reconsider Tennessee Abortion Measure Decision,” Tennessean, February 28, 2018, https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/02/28/tennessee-abortion-laws-case-amendment-1/383251002/

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The opening clip is an excerpt from the audiobook “God is Not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, courtesy of Hachette Audio. Text Copyright 2007 by Christopher Hitchens. Audio production copyright 2007, Hachette Audio. Used with permission.

The opening and ending music is “Jade” by Esther Nicholson and is used under license.

This episode, Justin sat down with Karen Garst (@karen_garst), founder of the Faithless Feminist blog and editor of the new book, Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion.

They discussed her path of our religion, how her feminism informs her views of politics and atheism, her newest book, and her recent trip to the controversial Mythinformation Conference in Milwaukee.

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