The Bitchspot Report Podcast #39

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Episode 39: Atheists Can Be Fair Too!

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Show Notes:

Don’t forget to contribute to the Michael Shermer Legal Defense Fund!

And Now The News:

Evangelicals opposed to Evangelicals For Immigration Reform.

Soy Story: Atrocious ‘reporting’ on insular religious groups.

Muslim workers say they were fired for praying.

Methodist pastor found guilty of officiating at gay son’s wedding.

The Main Event:  Fairness to the Religious

In light of our story about Muslim workers, we thought we’d talk about abuses and equality for the religious and how religion ought to be treated in the workplace and in society.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #38

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Episode 38: We Weep For Humanity

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While you’re at it, listen to Mike’s other podcast, The Skeptic’s Guide to Conspiracy!

Show Notes:

Don’t forget to contribute to the Michael Shermer Legal Defense Fund!

And Now The News:

Creationists turn against Pat Robertson for saying Earth isn’t 6,000 years old.

Bishop: Deadly typhoon means God opposes reproductive rights.

ENDA religious arguments lose power as conservatives attack on business not Bible.

Pastor defends million-dollar mega-house as a gift from God.

Fatwa forbids Muslims from traveling to Mars.

Yemeni girl, 15, ‘burned to death by father‘.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #37

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Episode 37: Light ’em Up For Jesus!

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Show Notes:

Don’t forget to contribute to the Michael Shermer Legal Defense Fund!

Things That Make Us Facepalm:

And Now The News:

Shunned, then fired: A priest’s tale of what happened when he discussed sex abuse.

No evidence radical comics on religion ever existed says principal.

Chick Tracts, for your amusement.

President Obama is leading a modern day Islamic Jonestown cult.

Obama and Jim Jones Cults – The Parallels.

North Carolina church plans Halloween Bible burning.

Conservatism 101:  Revisiting Conservatism

The original show we did on conservatism.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #36

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Episode 36: It’s Only Paranoia if They’re Not Out to Get You!

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Show Notes:

Don’t forget to contribute to the Michael Shermer Legal Defense Fund!

And Now The News:

Fischer: Military preparing to kill Christians, surround Values Voter summit.

Kevin Swanson begs you not to buy communist lesbian Girl Scout cookies.

Religious hatred in paradise.

Michael Pollan as GMO ‘denialist’ dupes credulous New York Times.

The Main Event:  The State of Christian Paranoia

Christian paranoia runs rampant.

The annual War on Christmas.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #35

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Episode 35: It’s Another Religious Horror Show!

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Show Notes:

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And Now The News:

Gays would be executed in ideal world, says UK Islamic leader.

On world stage, India lets down its child brides.

Jewish faith school caught censoring questions on science exam papers.

Hospital sells body parts to witch doctors, accusers say.

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Hindu man brutally murders 8-month-old son as a sacrifice to Goddess Kali.

Pakistan polio outbreak puts global eradication at risk.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #34

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Episode 34: Even Better Than The Onion!

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Show Notes:

Don’t forget to contribute to the Michael Shermer Legal Defense Fund!

And Now  The News:

Rand Paul: ‘There’s a worldwide war on Christianity’

Onion beats AP by months on Vatican damage control of Pope Francis.

Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood.

Ancient confession found: ‘We Invented Jesus Christ‘.

You Believe What?:  Presuppositionalist Nonsense

What it is.

Matt Dillahunty vs. Matt Slick Debate on The Atheist Experience.

Recent episode of The Atheist Experience featuring a presuppositionalist.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #33

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Episode 33: Poop Gets In Your Eyes

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Show Notes:

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And Now  The News:

Catholic church attempted to conceal sexual abuse evidence.

Myanmar Muslims hide from Buddhist mobs amid sectarian violence.

Study: Holy water often contaminated with fecal matter, bacteria.

Scalia talks religion at UVa.

The Main Event:  Should Non-Theist Groups Seek Religious Standing?

Should Humanist Groups Seek Church Status?

Atheism starts its megachurch: Is it a religion now?

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #32

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Episode 32:  Magnets Disprove the Gay!

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Bikers more

Update to earlier story in show #26 – The Million Muslim March, scheduled in Washington D.C. for 9/11/13 actually attracted fewer than 200 Muslims and was overshadowed by a biker rally that found the planned Muslim rally offensive and showed up over 800,000 strong.  So sad, Muslims.  Bikers – 1, Islam – 0.

And Now  The News:

Pope Francis excommunicates Australian priest who advocated for gay marriage and female clergy.

Nigerian man uses magnets to “prove” homosexuality is wrong.

Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to own a tank or fighter jet.

State GOP adopts resolution demanding withdrawal from Common Core, science standards.

The Main Event: Is It Offensive to Question Religion?

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #31

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Episode 31: It is the Most Dangerous Mustache in the World!

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Show Notes:

Don’t forget to contribute to the Michael Shermer Legal Defense Fund!

And go read special guest Hausdorff’s blog too!  Hausdorff’s Bible Blog and Podcast

And Now  The News:

The most dangerous mustache in the world.

Most Dangerous Mustache

First, forget about witchcraft

Texas conservatives demand science textbooks incorporate ‘creation science based on Biblical principles’.

Texas Freedom Network, join now!

Russia gay marriage apocalypse? Head of Russian Orthodox Church says same-sex unions are portents of doom.

 The Main Event:  Atheist Parenting

Article I wrote on Parenting Beyond Belief.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #30

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Episode 30:  It’s a Nazi Gay Bar!

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And Now  The News:

Swanson: Tell gay couples to die on their wedding day.

6 reasons (+2) to NOT send your daughter to college.

Recent transport disasters blamed on spirits.

Pope Francis’ outreach to atheists not as controversial as it seems.

The Main Event:  Of Theism and Conspiracy Nuts

Ten characteristics of conspiracy theorists that look amazingly similar to theists.

Even better list from Wikipedia.

1. Initiated on the basis of limited, partial or circumstantial evidence;
Conceived in reaction to media reports and images, as opposed to, for example, thorough knowledge of the relevant forensic evidence.

2. Addresses an event or process that has broad historical or emotional impact;
Seeks to interpret a phenomenon which has near-universal interest and emotional significance, a story that may thus be of some compelling interest to a wide audience.

3. Reduces morally complex social phenomena to simple, immoral actions;
Impersonal, institutional processes, especially errors and oversights, interpreted as malign, consciously intended and designed by immoral individuals.

4. Personifies complex social phenomena as powerful individual conspirators;
Related to (3) but distinct from it, deduces the existence of powerful individual conspirators from the ‘impossibility’ that a chain of events lacked direction by a person.

5. Allots superhuman talents or resources to conspirators;
May require conspirators to possess unique discipline, unrepentant resolve, advanced or unknown technology, uncommon psychological insight, historical foresight, unlimited resources, etc.

6. Key steps in argument rely on inductive, not deductive reasoning;
Inductive steps are mistaken to bear as much confidence as deductive ones.

Appeals to ‘common sense’;
Common sense steps substitute for the more robust, academically respectable methodologies available for investigating sociological and scientific phenomena.

7. Exhibits well-established logical and methodological fallacies;
Formal and informal logical fallacies are readily identifiable among the key steps of the argument.

8. Is produced and circulated by ‘outsiders’, often anonymous, and generally lacking peer review;
Story originates with a person who lacks any insider contact or knowledge, and enjoys popularity among persons who lack critical (especially technical) knowledge.

9. Is upheld by persons with demonstrably false conceptions of relevant science;
At least some of the story’s believers believe it on the basis of a mistaken grasp of elementary scientific facts.

10. Enjoys zero credibility in expert communities;
Academics and professionals tend to ignore the story, treating it as too frivolous to invest their time and risk their personal authority in disproving.

11. Rebuttals provided by experts are ignored or accommodated through elaborate new twists in the narrative;
When experts do respond to the story with critical new evidence, the conspiracy is elaborated (sometimes to a spectacular degree) to discount the new evidence, often incorporating the rebuttal as a part of the conspiracy.’

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