TGIA The Podcast

Hailed as a "breath of fresh air" by its listeners, "Thank God I'm Atheist" tackles the issues of the day and recasts them in an Atheist light. "Funny and informative," Frank and Dan are two former Mormons offering up their perspective on politics, current events, and all things religious or otherwise.

December 4, 2021

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Dr. Oz announces run for US Senate, Richard Dawkins doubles down on trans stance, proposed Mormon temple remodel draws criticism from some members, Christian mother kills her child to send them to heaven, UK Premier League promotes LGBTQ+ equality, famous TV pastor dies of COVID-19, and how the State of Utah has farmed out welfare responsibilities to the Mormon Church.

November 27, 2021

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Church kicks woman out for bringing in herb, Southern hospitals limit legal abortion, misogynist pastor endorses marital rape, hospital bandages statue’s broken arm, Mormon church numbers slip, pastor fund raises from prison, and a quick talk about surviving the Xmas holiday season.

November 20, 2021

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Kate fills in for Frank who does NOT have Covid! Italians reverse their baptisms, Texans want to send their pregnant women out to pasture, Mormon leader Dallin Oaks lies through his dentures, the Archdiocese of New Orleans adds fraud to their already full rap-sheet, and Dan and Kate discuss worship spaces and the architecture of awe.

November 13, 2021

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Billionaire funds work to prove there’s an afterlife, toxic foam fails to stop holy dip, Middle East countries ban Marvel film, restaurant responds to anti-masker wrath, and a discussion about anecdotal evidence in light of Dan catching Covid.

November 6, 2021

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No exorcisms for Covid-19, the Supreme Court does the right thing by doing nothing at all, Christian radio host imprisoned for Ponzi scheme, a Qanon influencer, Indigenous lawyer fights to keep U.S. missionaries out of Amazon, a report on religious affiliation in Canada, and a chat about whether or not Christian conservatives seem happy to us.

October 30, 2021

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Polish school cancels Halloween, Biden visits the pope, Sikh men rescue two hikers, Liberty University “think tank,” Supreme Court lets Maine vaccine mandate stand, school revises clothing ban, and Christians can’t help but be upset about Halloween.

October 23, 2021

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Baylor students mock mormonism ahead of game with BYU, Southern Baptists lose leaders, Bangladesh reverting to secular constitution, Texas considers constitutional amendment to protect religious observance, Saudi Arabia welcomes bikini-clad sunbathers, a Baptist group judges fashion, and a chat about religious conservatives choosing to live in their own version of reality.

October 16, 2021

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Lizzo says twerking is a spiritual expression, military archbishop says Catholic troops can claim religious exemption for COVID vaccine, Mormons double down on not wanting to be called Mormons, FFRF rids another school system of religious symbols, anti-kink pastor says Jesus plants dirty dreams to warn away sin, President Biden tries to save Christmas, and a discussion about whether we would ban all religions if we could?

October 9, 2021

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Priests and nuns in India ordered to pay taxes, Tennessee’s governor offers time-honored solution for COVID-19 outbreak, French commission uncovers shocking number of Catholic Church sex abuse cases, Daniel Ortega and Nicaragua, a priest actually doesn’t sexually molest child, Pat Robertson makes way for next generation, and the Mormon prophet just said something mighty revealing about his real level of influence over membership.

October 2, 2021

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Christian Facebook pages largely run by troll farms, fake pastor does the wrong scam, female prophet sentenced to death in Pakistan, Milo and Bannon cancelled in Baltimore,Taliban fails to keep their promise to the women of Afghanistan, Washington judge rules on Planned Parenthood case, and our theory about COVID deniers and why they’re being such jerks.

September 25, 2021

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Pro-Trump billboard, an orphanage, white Americans flock to evangelicalism, a mosque site in China, president of Egypt open to atheists, two famous pastors on COVID-19 (one will surprise you), and Christianity under review.

September 18, 2021

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Arkansas hospital requires consistency from those seeking vaccine exemption, James Huntsman’s lawsuit seeking refund of tithing money hits roadblock, Mormon Church responds to members seeking religious exemption to vaccine mandates, an Oklahoma town plans to erect massive “Christ tree”, Mormons to pay $250M to abused Boy Scouts, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster offers interesting religious exemption, and how will believers practice religion in space?

September 11, 2021

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Guest host Andrea fills in for Frank. Coach Dave’s fundraising scheme, a ruling on if a Catholic school can fire a gay man, some faith leaders aren’t horrible on abortion, Mexico proves it’s better than Texas, a Norwegian church holds an unusual ceremony, a Spanish bishop finds a good reason to leave the clergy, and Dan and Andrea discuss Harvard Law Today’s take on polyamory (and reveal some stuff along the way).

September 4, 2021

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Guest host Kate joins Dan for a religious news roundup: Kat Kerr can’t control weather, Los Angeles forced to pay damages to a church for trying to keep their parishioners safe against their will, Christian network fires senior VP Dan Darling for encouraging intelligence, Myanmar is slightly less awful than they could have been, Ken Ham hoards all the Jesus for Earthlings, a new deity takes out his righteous anger against the Mormons, and Kate and Dan feel like they’re taking crazy pills because the U.S. Supreme Court is packed with religious zealots who let an insane Texas law go into effect.

August 28, 2021

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Zambian pastor’s stunt leads to death, church in Australia fined for violating COVID restrictions, more Americans accept evolution than don’t (FINALLY), Harvard has a new chaplain, the Taliban attempts to protect women (from the Taliban), belief in aliens, and a Mormon leader is gunning for dissenting professors at BYU. 

August 21, 2021

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Anti-vax cardinal on ventilator, COVID-denying pastor dead, inmate on Texas death row asks for pastor to join him during execution, thousands of new molestation cases emerge, whistleblower shares his story about Mormon funds, a Baptist university cancels far right event, and the Mormon prophet goes on the record encouraging the vaccine and calls of ‘false prophet’ emerge.

August 14, 2021

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McDonald’s advertising entices woman to sin, anti-gay ‘treatment’ group forced to pay $3.5 million in court case, ‘moderate’ Norwegian imam in trouble over antisemitic comments, Indonesian military ends virginity test for female recruits, Turkmenistan finds new way to enforce VPN ban, Christian group calls on Fisher-Price to modify one specific playset, and Christians scramble to find religious justification for their vaccine refusal (hint: there isn’t one).

August 7, 2021

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Wedding website designer loses case, Kent Hovind gets arrested, atheists face intolerance at work (says study), Israel’s gold medalist can’t marry, megachurch still designated a hate group (says court), romance novel loses award, and our musings on men who always think they’re right. 

July 31, 2021

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More priests defend the indefensible with Canadian residential schools, the Museum of the Bible is in hot water… again, Missouri clergy jump on the vax train, meanwhile vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. is dropping (even among the religious!), new curriculum among New Zealand Maori rankles scientists, and Anchorage loses a strip club and gains some Jesus. Also- will somebody get Frank an Ark?

July 24, 2021

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A new holiday hits Utah, abortion rights activists fight new Texas law, a top US official in the Catholic Church outed for Grindr use, women sue Liberty University, Alaska assistant attorney general outed as a Deseret nationalist (a far right, Mormon hate group), robots go to Hajj, and a discussion about Mormons and their wacky underwear. 

July 17, 2021

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Woman lets god drive and he wrecks her car, it turns out the Southern Baptist Convention isn’t liberal after all, an alternative to traditional burial draws Catholic opposition, highest EU court rules that employers can restrict religious apparel, new numbers about religion in America, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus causes controversy, and a chat about Bible translations.

July 10, 2021

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A fatwa group declares fatwa about video games, a Florida couple sues school, the Catholic Church plays poor to avoid paying residential school survivors, a Canadian archbishop cries persecution, India jails activists for speaking undeniable truth about cow poop, the US Supreme Court refuses to hear religious bigotry case, and the Mormon Church quietly changes their doctrine about Mormons becoming gods in the afterlife.

July 3, 2021

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Nigerian state bans mannequins, a Canadian priest is in hot water over defense of residential schools, Missouri offers itself up as a delta variant test case, Pat Robertson misunderstands what critical race theory is, an Air Force fighter pilot is suspended over refusal to wear a mask, a new conspiracy theory emerges about Bill Gates, and a discussion about some cute little cults and how religion ruins everything.

June 26, 2021

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Exorcism at the Home Depot, Mississippi license plates, Italian prime minister stands up to Catholic Church, anglicans subject school children to a lesson in misogyny, a nun gets ejected from convent, Jim Bakker in hot water (again), and the Mormon Church slips up and calls its members “customers.”

June 19, 2021

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Mormon ‘American Idol’ star comes out as LGBTQIA+, news from the Southern Baptist Convention, Michigan governor ends government funding of ‘conversion therapy,’ a new rug for the forgetful Muslim, Florida now requires daily moment of silence in schools, a mysterious donation to hate preacher, and the very strange ideas people have about god.

June 12, 2021

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Drought-burdened Utah gets a little rain during weekend of prayer, two new christian apps, Uyghurs deported from Muslim countries, a hateful Nigerian pastor goes away, Burger King taunts Chick-Fil-A with support of LGBTQ organization, hats off to Justin Trudeau for calling out the pope, and the story of Noah’s ark is just plain stupid.

June 5, 2021

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High school coaches force Jewish student to eat pork, indigenous schools in Canada, Louisiana votes to honor aborted fetuses, Catholics release new rule priests, Texas enacts law to target anyone aiding in abortions, high-profile anti-vaxxer goes to hospital with COVID-19, and Utah’s governor tries to end drought with a weekend of prayer.

May 29, 2021

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Wheaton College disposes of offensive plaque, Southern Baptist numbers decline significantly, fetuses flee to Ohio town for safety, street artist takes on Vatican, Legos celebrates diversity, the shocking case of Saudi Arabia continues, and a discussion about religious titles and how we feel about honoring them.

May 22, 2021

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Saudi Arabia opens up a little to non-Muslims, why college turns people secular, ‘religious knives’ in Australia, abusive summer camp for future ministers, Muslims boycott White House celebration, anti-vaccine conspiracies come from the same twelve people, and the Christians are about to get everything they’ve ever wanted.

May 20, 2021

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A god has died, German Priests defy Vatican, Hindu sect engages in forced labor, shop owner hides crosses in furniture, Lutherans ordain new bishop, Southern Baptists ordain new pastors, and we try to give some credit were credit is due (with a couple of caveats). 

May 8, 2021

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A stampede at an Israeli festival leads to dozens of deaths, Mormons and the COVID-19 vaccine, evangelicals promise to terrify Democrats, atheist ‘prayers’ at council meetings lead to similar responses in Florida, antisemitic crimes up in Germany, Jerry Falwell Jr. promises big party for graduates, and a discussion about Josh Duggar and why we usually don’t talk about stories of religious types sexually abusing children.

May 1, 2021

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This week, Kate fills in while Frank takes a much needed vacation, and tells us about leaving the church she had indoctrinated her children into. Catholic bishops are mad at Joe Biden, a Canadian MP tries to defend conversion therapy but ends up with a hashtag, bleach drinking “church” indicted and more! Find Kate and her amazing art on Instagram and TikTok @kebirch

April 24, 2021

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Liberty University wants its money back, activists seek more accurate Poland census, Bavaria orders secular crosses hung in public buildings, Pakistan calls on West to criminalize blasphemy against Islam, study finds poor health outcomes for women in sexist churches, Facebook announces a new prayer feature, and Richard Dawkins’ fall from grace.

April 17, 2021

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US Supreme Court continues push to officially establish Christianity as state religion, Mormon sex therapist faces excommunication for promoting sexual health, a Hindu holiday poses public health threat in India, bigger and better Jesus coming to a Brazilian town near you, Mormon Church growth slows, Planned Parenthood announces new board members, and a discussion about Mormon men and their odd public displays of emotion. Link to Conference on Religious Trauma 2021: https://pheedloop.com/CORT/site/home/

April 10, 2021

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Tennessee wants to expand eligibility to serve in legislature (in a bad way), RCMP close down church in Alberta, Alabama allows atheists to vote, god worshipped by cargo cult dies, t-shirt angers Muslims in Kenya, COVID-19 vaccine required for entry to Mecca, and Mormon prophet has a message for anyone doubting Mormonism, “you’re lazy.”

April 3, 2021

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Catholic Church lobbied against suicide prevention hotline, Christian schools reconsider mascots, new Arkansas law allows medical workers to refuse treatment to LGBTQ people, Panera Bread discriminates again pagan worker, fewer than half of Americans now belong to a church, a Christian school apologizes for the wrong thing, and a discussion about heaven and hell.

March 27, 2021

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Jehovah’s Witnesses face fines in Belgium, bakery faces another lawsuit, a US Air Force shooting range disrupts meditation, a poll of American values, Franklin Graham promotes vaccination, Texas lawmakers consider new HOA rules, and a wealthy former Mormon sues LDS Church over accusations of fraudulently using tithing money.

March 20, 2021

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COVID-denying president of Tanzania dies, Georgetown University announces plan for reparations, the Mormons remodel Salt Lake Temple (and make it even more boring), the Vatican announces decision about same sex weddings, twelve house republicans oppose medals for Capitol Police who protected them, evangelicals have a penis problem, and we dive into the ongoing and developing story about the Atlanta shooter. He is a religious zealot.

March 13, 2021

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Mormons cancel final year of the Hill Cumorah Pageant, prophet apologizes for wrong prediction, a study looks at atheists and health, a pastor who was right about Trump, Tennessee lawmaker tries (again) to make Bible ‘state book,’ pope experiences wardrobe malfunction, and ‘Murder Among the Mormons’ gets the Frank and Dan treatment.

March 6, 2021

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CPAC features graven image of Trump, Methodists take step toward schism, Eurovision entry promotes devil worship, a satanic license plate approved in Alabama, pastor admonishes wives for not being thin enough, Christian adoption services extended to LGBT families, and a discussion about forgiveness and whether the canceled ones can ever come back into the fold.

February 27, 2021

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Survey shows atheists know right from wrong, animated female characters must wear a hijab, more American adults identify as LGBT, Souther Baptists expel congregations, Catholic mom causes trouble for kids, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia face prison, and cancel culture’s next target (according to Fox News) is the Bible.

February 20, 2021

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Christian missionaries convince Brazilian tribes against vaccine, Utah school district ends equity reading program due to it being too inclusive, Evangelicals in trouble in Jordan, Biden reestablished White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, lawmaker wants women to get permission for abortions, Catholics try to hide money from abuse victims, and we talk about what a horrible person Rush Limbaugh was and his lasting legacy in America.

February 13, 2021

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President of Tanzania denies COVID-19, an unexpected Christian rock album hits the top of the charts, new data shows evangelicals sliding further from reality, new abortion law requires women to argue with call center worker, Catholic school system shows signs of collapse, the Supreme Court sides with churches (again), and Jeep tries to sell us a crock of s#!t.

February 6, 2021

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Waterboarding infants for Jesus, the very real consequences of anti-gay laws, ultra-orthodox Jewish communities and the spread of COVID-19, a survey about online harassment, Rick Warren makes fun and gets in trouble, the tale of an exorcism, and our take on the popular sci-fi series “Raised By Wolves” (hint: we hate it).

January 30, 2021

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Jewish leaders in UK draw focus to Uighur genocide, immigrants take sanctuary in churches, a new Mormon temple ‘opens’ in Salt Lake City, COVID denying preacher faces legal consequences, conspiracy theories run rampant in American churches, lawmakers attempt to limit abortion, and we chat about the effect the pandemic has had on faith in America.

January 23, 2021

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Cadbury Creme Eggs ad draws wrath of One Million Moms, lawsuits against Trump administration, North Dakota considers new law, rabbi predicts side effect from COVID vaccine, indecent cakes cause trouble in Egypt, harsh measures against LGBT people in Malaysia, and our take on how religious the inauguration was.

January 16, 2021

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Pastor urges parishioners to keep guns loaded, PayPal blocks fundraising site that helped provide funds to insurrectionists, survey reveals religious composition of the 117th Congress, progress made toward ending female genital mutilation, Dave Ramsey is a crappy boss, megachurch pastor in trouble, and Mormon leadership tries to calm the masses.

January 9, 2021

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Frank and Dan break their normal format to talk about the events of January 6, 2021 at the US Capitol.

January 2, 2021

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Abused scouts sue Mormon church, uptick in faith amongst UK teens, juror listens to ‘holy spirit’ instead of evidence, a German Catholic bishop sees writing on the wall, Liberty University students surprise us, churches fined by state of New Mexico, and guest Teresa English tells us what she learned running for office in Massachusetts.

December 26, 2020

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Christians offer offensive prayers at Native American sacred site, Christian rocker excluded from Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, Pat Robertson faces reality, religious leaders ignore pork and abortions, Kirk Cameron is being a real douche, Christmas will happen in LA County, and Mormon leadership tries to stay current with new handbook.

December 19, 2020

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Pastor buys jet with PPP money, religious organization funds “election fraud” attack, religious leaders call for end to gay conversion therapy, T**** administration protects religious discrimination, Australian rehab horror, some Evangelical pastors aren’t idiots, and it turns out that the Southern Baptists might just be racist after all.

December 12, 2020

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Labor department legalizes workplace discrimination, one fire department’s toxic work environment, a back to school guide, a white supremacist church opens in small Minnesota town, a Supreme Court ruling, megachurch pastor urges congregants to not get COVID-19 vaccine, and a storm’s a-brewin’ amongst Mormon laity.

December 5, 2020

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Secular Democrats respond to the rise of Christian nationalism, Jehovah Witnesses in Australia face losing tax exempt status, a live nativity annoys passersby, upcoming super spreader events announced by republicans, a new group of Methodists, a monolithic mystery solved, and Noah Lugeons joins us to talk about his new book “Outbreak: A Crisis of Faith: How Religion Ruined Our Global Pandemic.”

November 28, 2020

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List of naughty and nice retailers according to evangelicals, religious sentiments hurt over a kiss in an Indian Netflix show, US Supreme Court does’t understand science (and that’s troubling), Florida court decision about conversion therapy, update on priests abusing children in New York, and the Mormon Church found a way to be even more annoying than usual this week with their hashtag #givethanks.

November 21, 2020

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Vatican demands answers about pope’s like, Muslim woman kicked off flight because white man complains, Jehovah’s Witnesses force girl to listen to recording of her own rape, a pastor gets COVID, a Tennessee mayor consults with Holy Spirit about everything, a pretty bridge in Edmonton, and with all the crap in the world, Frank and Dan go to their happy place.

November 14, 2020

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Let’s talk exit polls, the ten wealthiest US pastors, why queer people leave religion, United Arab Emirates relaxes laws, counties with worst virus surge also were worst by voting for Trump, lots of uses for old Catholic school, and thank god those prophets were wrong about Trump.

November 7, 2020

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Current Supreme Court case bodes poorly for separation of church and state, Mississippi makes progress (but not for us), two recent exorcisms in America, ‘flights to nowhere’ go nutty, pastors preach against COVID and get sick and/or die, Trump supporters vandalize Michigan cemetery, and Andrew Seidel from the Freedom From Religion Foundation joins us to talk about Christian Nationalism and the need to un-f*ck the courts.

October 31, 2020

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Muslim world boycotts French products, Franklin Graham responds to pope’s call for civil unions, school sends girl home for the wrong reason, witches try their best against Trump, a representative’s tweet, farewell to James “Amazing” Randi, and Andrew Gold—journalist and podcaster—joins us to talk about his BBC documentary that follows an Argentine exorcist and the people he casts demons out of.

October 24, 2020

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Sham health coverage plans under fire, pastor leaves ministry over Trump, a survey about ‘nones’ leaving religion, a millennial saint, possible anti-abortion sit-com, new university policy, and a discussion about news that Pope Francis supports civil unions for same-sex couples.

October 17, 2020

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Uncle Mark from The How To Heretic sits in for Frank and discusses the week’s news with Dan. They also have a conversation about Christians and their obsession with being persecuted all while holding all the keys to power in America.

October 10, 2020

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Evangelical leaders getting sick with COVID-19, Chinese textbook fixes Bible story, Donald Trump ‘literally’ saves Christianity per Eric, Catholic diocese files for bankruptcy, Orthodox Jews pissed at Cuomo and de Blasio, Mormons for Biden continues their work, and Utah State Senator Derek Kitchen joins us in an inspiring conversation about the need for atheists to run for public office.

October 3, 2020

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Trump mocks religious Americans, Muslim man sues employer over bottle of cognac, Christian groups march on Washington DC, cops in Idaho arrest protesters flouting mask order, COVID restrictions in UK, Icelandic church has a new take on Jesus, and a discussion about the power of religions requiring weird actions by members. Watch the speaking in tongues clip: https://youtu.be/68rEbWfOsBo Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tgiatheist

September 26, 2020

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Politically active congregations, study on spirituality, Oman tells shoppers to cover up, young minister gets the boot, two “young and dumb” party promoters cause epic COVID-19 outbreak in Utah, Methodists face trouble over logo, and Frank and Dan have an idea.

September 19, 2020

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Southern Baptists consider dropping ‘Southern’ from their official name, Wisconsin archbishop warns that skipping mass (even during COVID-19) is a ‘grave sin,’ a ‘million’ moms bothered by fruit commercial, the strange story of Utah lawmaker Steve Urquhart, a surprising survey of Iranian religious beliefs, Trump finds new way to insult Jewish Americans, and when oh when will atheists get the respect from politicians they deserve? Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tgiatheist This episode’s cover photography by Phil Roeder (Creative Commons): https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

September 12, 2020

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Husband and wife in court over right to die, Senator Mike Lee upset at Mormon-owned news outlet, Pope Francis takes off his mask, LDS women form group to appose Trump, town handles disagreement with aplomb, police handle situation poorly, and it might not the be apocalypse, but it sure feels that way.

September 5, 2020

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Research about religious prejudice by public school administrators, surprising results from sleep study, street preacher breaks man’s leg, Eric Metaxas in trouble, survey about Christian attitudes about sex, parking lot dinosaur targeted by Christians, and what in the hell is going on with Evangelicals and QAnon?! http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/news/it-takes-a-village http://www.polkatheists.org

August 29, 2020

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LDS leader defends Brigham Young, Donald Trump talks to god and god talks back, Jerry Falwell Jr. steps down from Liberty University, immigrant detention facilities refuse Muslims halal food, good news from atheists, Mormon father urges son to go on mission (by choking him), and what to do with all these churches!

August 22, 2020

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South Korean Christians put nation at risk, Trump speaks the truth (but only when he shouldn’t), Catholic school teachers forced to sign COVID-19 waiver, California megachurch defies court order, Kenneth Copeland canceled, social distancing in Brazil, and why we are forced to talk politics on a show about religion and secularism.

August 15, 2020

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A Bible burns in Portland and wreaks havoc on the internet, Ding dong Jerry Falwell Jr. unzips his pants, a Nigerian singer blasphemes against Mohammed, a shocking truth is revealed about Americans, theories on the cause of the Beirut explosion, trouble in an Arizona school district, and the Mormon Church takes secrecy to a new level.

August 8, 2020

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Billy Graham statue headed to US Capitol, Baptist pastor speaks at party for KKK leader, the Satanic Temple adopts abortion ritual, nuns face gag order, hajj numbers hit record low during COVID-19 restrictions, Florida pastor joins up with lawmaker to promote facial autonomy, and a conversation about doctors and our expectations about their personal beliefs.

August 1, 2020

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New research on atheists reveals something about our nature, a beach revival, Alaska Supreme Court protects woman from religious daughter, Jason Rappoport gets COVID-19, a new scholarship, a member of Congress faces consequences, and your taxes just went to propping up the Catholic Church.

July 25, 2020

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Hundreds exposed to COVID-19 at church camp, couple sues state to allow their large wedding to go forward, Bible reading down during pandemic, trans-man denied operation at Catholic hospital, the military and chaplains, Jehovah’s Witnesses bully religious watchdog group, and the appeal of Trump’s toxic masculinity to white evangelicals.

July 18, 2020

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Flight forced to land, Mormons shirk leaders request to wear masks, the story of a church that opened too soon, the Hagia Sophia, Sudan protects some human rights, Brazilian beer brand draws ire of activists, and maybe it’s time for the end of the world.

July 11, 2020

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Churches that must sing, summer camps spread COVID-19 (surprise, surprise), god calls Kanye West to run for president, religious appropriation in night clubs drawn into question, Satanic Temple makes sense about Mississippi flag, US Supreme Court update, and what we grew up believing about America.

July 4, 2020

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HUD threatens to pull protections for homeless transgender people, Mississippi drops racist flag (but there’s a catch), more about White Jesus, a pastor in Mississippi does the right thing, recent US Supreme Court decisions, God-TV gets pulled from Israel, and a new member of the ex-Mormon community proves she’s way better than the rest of us by shitting on some made up ideas about all of us.

June 27, 2020

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Conversion therapy network shuts down, hajj limited due to COVID-19, Americans uncomfortable going back to church, city tries to stop muslim cemetery, Graham vs. Fauci, newspaper ad causes stir in Tennessee, and a discussion about depictions of White Jesus and the white supremacy that follows.

June 20, 2020

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Supreme Court surprises nation, Vatican issues investment advice, Brigham Young was a vile racist, Trump and Uighur Muslims, a stained glass window in Boise, Washington National Cathedral lays off workers, and your in-group might be making you a bad thinker.

June 13, 2020

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Catholic archbishop warns Trump, porn star rallies sex workers against Lindsey Graham, new poll on Trump and faith, a hashtag gets banned, parolee files lawsuit, Tanzania, and a discussion about believers who over-claim.

June 6, 2020

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Asking what Jesus would do might not be the right question, Supreme Court rejects bid for churches to reopen, Trump and his Bible photo op, a prophet fails at prophesy, faith leaders call racists to repentance, Jerry Falwell Jr. might actually be in hot water, and a Christian father writes a horrible letter.

May 30, 2020

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Churches reopen across America, conspiracy theories about COVID-19 vaccine reach church leaders, a wedding in Wisconsin, tithes drop off threatening survival of small churches, priest beheads man to end COVID-19, a baptism lawsuit settled, and what happens when a high profile Christian joins the atheist ranks.

May 23, 2020

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LDS Church loses $8 billion, Jane Roe’s deathbed confession, Texas mayor only lets men pray, yet another problem for the Museum of the Bible, a TV station in Israel, and what does it mean for churches to be reopening and how many churchgoers will stop going?

May 16, 2020

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Salon tries to convince authorities it’s a faith-based business (and therefore essential), Vatican faces financial woes, olive oil used to sanctify stairs, wedding venue in trouble, Australia takes action against bleach church, a theater opens, and a discussion about what happens when your beliefs become your identity.

May 9, 2020

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Apparently some Christians want their very own Underground Railroad, Minneapolis violates own ordinances allowing a mosque’s call to prayer, an Ohio lawmaker comes up with unique reason not to wear a mask, cardinal not okay with new rules, an update about the Russian Orthodox Church, a court ruling, and American Atheists is out with a new poll about how non-believers identify and the results are very interesting.

May 2, 2020

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Pakistan cleric blames women for coronavirus, Muslim call to prayer heard in Minneapolis, Saudi Arabia introduces another reform, NYC mayor in hot water, an arrest in Nigeria, pastors dying from coronavirus at high rate, and Frank and Dan take up a hypothetical: if forced to join a religion, which would it be?

April 25, 2020

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Mass funeral in Bangladesh risks lives, LDS Church pushes “Fairness for All Act” promoting discrimination, BYU gets COVID-19 relief funds, traveling flames, a pastor in Louisiana gets arrested, an ultra orthodox charity, and a discuss about Samaritan’s Purse and their medical charity work.

April 18, 2020

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Pastor who refuses to social distance dies from coronavirus, poll about shifting opinions in America about LGBT rights, Jim Bakker faces financial consequences for peddling bunk, a court ruling on school prayer, church showdown Ukraine, LDS think they invented Good Friday fast, and predictions from the 1990s about Mormon growth don’t pan out.

April 11, 2020

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Mormons hold “solemn assembly,” a good time for religious leaders to get away with bad stuff, Melbourne cathedral vandalized in wake of George Pell acquittal, pope has comment about coronavirus, Jerry Falwell Jr. presses charges, landlord in California locks up church building, and what a couple of crappy holidays are Easter and Passover.

April 4, 2020

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Hajj on hold, abortion during Coronavirus, COVID-19 cases linked to church gatherings, religious people getting together in defiance of lockdown orders, evangelical hospital tents set up in NYC’s Central Park, zoom bombing online church services, and what we’re all being forced to give up this lenten season.

March 28, 2020

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Bangladeshi imam performs funeral for sex worker and later regrets it, priest give communion with shared spoon, Trump’s personal bible instructor clarifies God’s wrath, Irish government denies religion change, Mormon missionary fiasco at SLC airport, a proposed resolution in Pennsylvania, and our guide for not going crazy during a quarantine.

March 21, 2020

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“Halal” hand sanitizer, Angel Moroni statue damaged, Muslim pilgrims refuse to self-isolate, churches refuse to close for COVID-19, European nurses, the news for the Bible Museum keeps getting worse, and cataclysmic events and our need for comfort.

March 14, 2020

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American church engagement down by half since 2000, Coronavirus boosts “culture of life” according to cardinal close to pope, Alex Jones gets DWI, opposition to new burial technique, American cities rebuke India’s prime minister, high school coaches still can’t pray with teams, and a rundown of different religions’ response to Covid-19.

March 7, 2020

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Update about Iran’s coronavirus situation (hint: it’s bad), Lourdes denies pilgrims its healing waters (because it doesn’t work against coronavirus?), rabbi indicted of charlatanism, priest denies first communion to autistic child, church-based coronavirus prevention, Argentina set to legalize abortion, and is there a difference in how to treat Mormon missionaries vs. Jehovah’s Witness when they come knocking on your door.

February 29, 2020

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Iran responds to Coronavirus to comedic effect, Indonesia tries the pray-it-away approach to Coronavirus, US Supreme Court turns away religious bias case, Pakistani court rules horribly, secular day at Arizona state capitol, Ash Wednesday and Coronavirus, and is there value in practicing Lent?

February 22, 2020

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Jaegermeister sued over logo, trouble in the Holy Land, Hinduism and mensuration, the wacky Utah state legislature, the Southern Baptist Convention does something right, tiger widows, and does Brigham Young University’s policy change about gay and lesbian students actually change anything?

February 15, 2020

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Utah attempts to decriminalize polygamy, a Bible that secretes oil, a new law in Virginia, demographic update on Gen Z and nones, University of Texas receives endowment, Republican lawmaker wants to cut funding to public broadcasting over appearance of gay man on “Sesame Street,” and a discussion about white supremacy and religion.

February 8, 2020

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Antisemitic carvings allowed to stay on German churches, Texas attorney general’s religious beliefs cited in refusal to do his job, Malaysian pilgrim arrested in Mecca for being trans, Franklin Graham’s world tour stymied, international religious freedom alliance, federal court rules on the side of defendants’ religious freedom, and Mitt Romney surprises the nation by showing some integrity.

February 1, 2020

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Kevin Bolling from the Secular Student Alliance joins us to talk about their work on school campuses, and we do a rundown of the week’s news including a bill to end bishops’ automatic right to sit in House of Lords, the religious make up of the Republican and Democratic parties, Jerry Falwell Jr. has an idea, news from Central and South America, and Paula White casts a spell for “Satanic pregnancies” to miscarry.

January 25, 2020

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A new eternal standard for Mormon temple clothing, China finds a new use for Uyghur Muslims, BYU hosts dancing competition featuring same-gender dance partners, bishops in France adopt new rules for baptism, Utah bans so-called LGBT conversion therapy (sort of), poll reveals public’s level of knowledge about the Holocaust, and a discussion about the Doomsday Clock.

January 18, 2020

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Trump defends school prayer, “anti-Catholic” laws that are about to be struck down, religious sect kills seven during ritual, Christians cede all rainbows to LGBTQ+ movement, women reach new heights in religion, trouble for the two popes, and the FFRF hit by religious judge.

January 11, 2020

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Public grant to protect churches, English courts offer same protection to ethical veganism as religious belief, United Methodists separate over LGBT issues, anti-gay pastor blamed Australian fires on his being denied entry into the nation, atheist are cat people, a muslim’s perspective on fake pork, and the case of the very strange lawsuit against the Mormon church.

January 4, 2020

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Pope Francis gets slappy, fried chicken restaurant sends hijab wearing employee home, Brazilian production company firebombed for “gay Jesus” Christmas special, Mormon fanboy makes trailer for upcoming General Conference (see it here… https://youtu.be/UL5YojeR598), man who quit job over 666 on his paycheck doing fine, and a discussion about the status of the atheist movement and the religious right’s response at the start of a new decade.

December 28, 2019

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A look back at the stories we covered in 2019: Saudi phone app for men to track “their” women (from 2/9/2019); foster agencies allowed to discriminate against LGBT community (from 2/3/2019); measles outbreak among Orthodox Jews in NYC (from 4/20/2019); the distribution of religious materials at Veteran Administration hospitals (from 7/13/2019); China harvests organs from religious and political prisoners (from 06/22/2019); members of attacked synagogue oppose death penalty for shooter (from 8/31/2019); and a discussion about the rise of antisemitism (from 5/26/2019). Happy New Year, everyone!!

December 21, 2019

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Christian couple looking to raise $100k for daughter’s resurrection, church elder offers Arby’s for sex, new guidelines for Muslim inmates at federal prisons, Pope Francis issues new rule about secrecy, Netflix releases new Christmas classic featuring a gay Jesus (Christians respond), prominent evangelical publication sides with Donald Trump’s impeachment, and news breaks about Mormon Church’s $100 billion stash.

December 14, 2019

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Millennials’ flight from religion appears permanent, men go on trial under Nigeria’s anti-homosexuality laws, flight crew rejects passenger’s ’Hail Satan’ t-shirt, inappropriate speaker at White House Hanukkah event, trends in baby names, Vatican keeps charitable donations for themselves, and what to do when a display of devotion happens right in front of you.

December 7, 2019

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Roy Moore back from the dead, family hopes for dad’s resurrection (while keeping him in the other room), Jesus’ manger makes a grand return to Bethlehem, a prison chaplain pleads guilty to sexual abuse, atheists take over holiday display, Jewish schools in UK try to avoid sex ed, and a talk about letting Christmas get you down.

November 30, 2019

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Uproar over proposed float in Christmas parade, a judge rules on religious freedom, man in India fights for recognition of his atheism, Pope honestly answers a question, LDS Church wants to turn community garden into parking lot, Iranian cleric says the Quran mandates torture, and yet another take on the War on Xmas.

November 23, 2019

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Americans’ perception of Evangelicals, religious exemption for doctors not to treat LGBTQ patients struck down, freedom of the press, publisher refuses to print an Alabama magazine, a school board in Florida makes the right decision, a student body’s response to a very large donation to their college, and a woman is charged with lewdness for baring her breasts in her home.

November 16, 2019

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Project Blitz gets a new name, court rules Kentucky atheist can have vanity plate, BYU-Idaho stops accepting medicaid, Ohio students may gain religious exemption for being wrong, US latinos have begun leaving church, and a discussion about polygamy and whether it should be legalized in the US.

November 9, 2019

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The literal cost of religion, Trump’s new rules, Rusty Nelson preaches prosperity gospel, judge knocks down rules, evangelical leaders gather with Trump, Germany bans conversion therapy, and the fictitious war on xmas.

November 2, 2019

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Frank and Dan discuss the weeks news and muse about the harmful beliefs they grew up with.

October 26, 2019

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Anti-LGBTQ preacher banned from another country, Halloween tips for Christians, God as clown, too many Americans believe in ghosts, baptists talking smack on baptists, new poll on religious affiliation in America, and a discussion about forgiving yourself vs. being let off the hook.

October 19, 2019

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US Supreme Court pleases atheists by doing nothing, Ugandan government seeks death penalty for gay sex, a Bible Museum update, an Australian archbishop has a message for reformers, Michele Bachmann is such a Karen, POS art teacher gets the boot, and William Barr likes his little straw men.

October 12, 2019

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Melbourne wants to warn citizens about a very specific risk, firm markets Jesus shoes, Beto O’Rourke is the gift that keeps giving, that judge and that murder lady, the Catholics have an idea about the Amazon, Iranian women arrested for dancing, and a preview of this year’s holiday season.

October 5, 2019

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Iowa city causes crosswalk kerfuffle, cop abuses power in novel way, transphobic Christian doctor loses case, interesting theory about bicarbonate soda, crazy woman almost kills kids, how much woo can you do before you too have too much woo to do?

September 28, 2019

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UAE builds a religious complex for Jews, Muslims, and Christians; New York Catholic Dioceses in trouble; Trump’s holds a religious summit for himself; god owns stake in bus manufacturer; republican lawmakers in various states working to ban marriage equality; Saudi Arabia wants to build tourism industry; and a brief discussion about leadership of the atheist movement.

September 21, 2019

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Praying (and punching) the gay away in Oklahoma, the price (literally) to avoid hearing ‘thoughts and prayers,’ feds threaten to defund program at Duke, artists in Arizona, Pakistani officials attempt to veil order, Indonesia outlaws sex outside of marriage, and why do atheists continue to do good in the world.

September 14, 2019

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Survey about belief and anxiety, man cuts phallus off statue, Jerry Falwell Jr. and Liberty University, ABC rejects FFRF ad, weeping Mary saves church, rapture index, a discussion about protecting sacred places. https://www.patreon.com/tgiatheist

September 7, 2019

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An argument between pastors’ wives, conservative groups confront Utah Board of Education over sex-ed, Swedish imam fined for hate speech, the Deaf Bible Society, Clemson football coach takes players to church, book banning, and a discussion about mockery.

August 31, 2019

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Mormons ban guns at church, women in Bangladesh no longer have to declare virginity on marriage certificates, straight pride fail, court okays ban on atheist prayers, Jerry Falwell Jr.’s boys, opposition to Pittsburg synagogue shooter receiving death penalty, and a discussion about how to promote secularism in America.

August 24, 2019

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Drag queen interrupted, shit gets real for white supremacist Texas marriage law, specialized citizen training, Wyoming investigation, and surviving the apocalypse isn’t for everyone.

August 17, 2019

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Nonreligious facing harassment in growing number of countries, scary group of young men being trained in “biblical warfare,” racist dog costs woman job, survey on abortion in America, Pennsylvania seal, a clever school district in Kentucky, and the LDS Church clarifies stance on coffee, tea, and tobacco.

August 10, 2019

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Male police trainer refuses to work with female recruit, pastor scams $631,000 from charities, El Paso shooter and hate crime charges, Mormon Church sued under racketeering laws, Josh Harris asks for forgiveness, Lutheran policy change, and a discussion about mass shootings and the right’s attempts to cast it as a lack-of-prayer problem.

August 3, 2019

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Frank and Dan celebrate their 400th episode of Thank God I’m Atheist with a visit Mormonism’s most holy site… Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Watch the video… https://youtu.be/FVpxc6ZbTYo

July 27, 2019

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Lebanese pop band offends believers, religious monument honors police officers, baby selling nun denied bail, US State Department tries to redefine human rights, church refuses to host funeral over gay son’s involvement in service, what Americans know about religion, and mandatory reporting and the clergy exemption.

July 20, 2019

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Christian family forced to pay taxes after claiming religious exemption, Christian book company changes name to avoid confusion, Rusty Nelson is a strange man in a strange land, House Republicans pressure Amazon to sell gay conversion therapy books, Trump takes the “Lord’s name in vain” upsetting some Christians, Christians can be made to care about climate change if we use the right words, and “Nuns and Nones.”

July 13, 2019

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HOA gets fussy about Pride flags, the Veterans Administration takes action to “protect” religious liberty, Atlanta church adds psychic medium to ministerial staff, Russian Orthodox Church questions the blessing of military weapons, Trump’s trade war may increase Bible prices threatening religious freedom, school principal pulls holocaust curriculum, and a discussion about judges giving lenient sentences to sex offender ministers.

July 6, 2019

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New York ends religious exemption for vaccinations, atheist banners rile up Fort Worth, man claims religious exemption for parking tickets, Rami Malek takes a stand about new Bond role, Haredi rabbi apposes ultrasounds, IKEA fires employee over violent religious comments, and a discussion about what sexual predators mean for the LDS Church.

June 29, 2019

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LGBTQ prom canceled over safety concerns after Christians threaten the event, PBS children’s show airs gay wedding, nudists and burkini bathers face off over swimming pool dress code, straight pride parade scheduled for Boston, nudity abounds during German heatwave, UK woman lands in court after harassing neighbor for being a witch, and for our Pride Month wrap up we ask ourselves whether we feel more or less safe in recent years.

June 22, 2019

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Light rail opponent claims higher authority, tribunal releases details about China harvesting organs from religious detainees, drag bingo raises money and ire, church leaves school board in the lurch for fines and legal costs, Quebec bans religious clothing for government workers, hate website fined, and a discussion about homophobia and suggestions on how to respond when harassed in public.

June 15, 2019

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US Embassies defy Trump administration orders, restaurant closures in Tehran (I bet it’s not for health code violations), Christian florists want special rights, seminary represents Christianity poorly, Wiccan professor sues for discrimination, “post-Christian” cities, and a discussion about the clergy and sex abuse.

June 8, 2019

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Frank and Dan discuss the news of the day from an atheist perspective and worry about the current efforts to undermine LGBT rights in America.

June 1, 2019

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Florida lawmaker follows God’s direct instruction, female singer in Iran charged for singing, anti-protest tactics in Tel Aviv, Catholic church makes bad landlord, Michigan Attorney General, a British nurse, and conservative Christians see second American civil war coming.

May 26, 2019

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Bleach “cure” spread by Christian pastor, sex-abuse victim attacked for claims, high school yearbook quote causes stir in Georgia, professor at university in Cairo faces undue pressure, America takes a stand about kosher meat in Europe, Ontario takes stand on abortion, and a discussion about Rick Wiles and the emboldened antisemitic voices in America.

May 18, 2019

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Texas courthouse defiantly displays Christian crosses, the fall of Jerry Falwell Jr., new law at the Vatican, trends amongst American voters, Ramadan causes trouble for thirsty child in Abu Dhabi, anti-gay preacher banned from yet another nation, and our take on anti-vaxxers.

May 11, 2019

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LDS Church changes stance on temple marriages, city government in hot water over racist leaders, how far-right hate groups get funded, anti-science bills in Florida, Poland enforces blasphemy laws against artist, Massachusetts lawmakers try to take “so help me god” out of public oaths, and a discussion about how to ask taxi drivers to change the radio station.

May 4, 2019

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Chris sits in for Dan and updates us on Saudi Arabia’s wife-tracking app and tells us about why predators are attracted to careers in the clergy. Other topics covered include: an elementary school in the UK suspends lessons on inclusion after parental outcry, Madison church offers marijuana as sacrament, Sri Lanka bans face veils in response to bombings, Iranian clerics issue fatwa over TV game shows, and a discussion about BYU’s gay valedictorian and what that means for the oppressive school.

April 27, 2019

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Anti-semitic ritual resurrected in Poland, Notre Dame cathedral fire god’s retribution for treatment of Jews, atheist invocations, a gun store and a muslim customer, woman threatens Easter service in San Diego, new theory about what “causes” homosexuality, and a discussion about Sri Lanka bombings.

April 20, 2019

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Pence causes stir at Christian university, case to open India’s mosques to women, Church of Sweden issues pamphlet for LGBTW children, Pope Benedict breaks his silence, new law in Missouri, no foot is safe in the presence of Pope Francis, and a chat about Notre Dame cathedral.

April 13, 2019

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Turns out yoga does not make inmates gay, Mormon General Conference winds up being total snoozefest, NYC faces measles outbreak due to one particular religious community, a legislature and a prayer, an Easter celebration, Texan and their executions, and why oh why is Easter still a thing?!

April 6, 2019

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Catholic priests burn Harry Potter books in Poland, one Iranian woman’s take on hijabs, Quebec’s National Assembly takes down cross, airport refreshments with a conscience, Utah legalizes sex, the pope and the women, and Mormon General Conference.

March 30, 2019

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Frank and Dan discuss the news of the week and tackle the topic of gender.

March 23, 2019

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Are you Jewish enough?, State Department phone call, abortion laws in Kentucky, Bible classes in school, Supreme Court rejects LGBTQ discrimination case, yoga in the schools, and our response to the shooting in New Zealand.

March 16, 2019

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Iranian couple breaks cultural norms, churches closing in Canada, stats on humanist marriages in Scotland, a French Cardinal, Texas judge in hot water, China wants west’s religious influence out, and strategies for combatting conspiracy theories.

March 9, 2019

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Spouses of gay and lesbian Anglican bishops not invited to world conference, judge rules man can’t go to church, Missouri bill targets atheists, Pope Pius XII’s archives to open ahead of schedule, religious buildings denied preservation funds, Finland revokes JW exemption from military service, and anthropologists find universal morals among world cultures.

March 2, 2019

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Priest offers special help to parishioners, international boxing organization changes rules to allow hijabs, sham resurrection, cross memorial faces legal challenges, new monastic order revives transgender role in Hinduism, YouTube, and we discuss whether or not Mormonism is a cult.

February 23, 2019

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Souther Baptists face clergy abuse, (Dis)United Methodists, Portland passes a new anti-discrimination law, Catholics test credit card machines, Vatican looks at unbelief, researchers look into Shroud of Turin, and our predictions for the LDS Church.

February 16, 2019

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US Supreme Court denies muslim man imam for execution, Christian school issues onerous dress code for annual dance, Pope Francis acknowledges sexual abuse of nuns, efforts to end religious exemptions for school vaccinations, Arizona has a problematic “In God We Trust” license plate program, polls of highly religious Americans skew depending on how questions are asked, and a clever tactic for getting truth to loved ones.

February 9, 2019

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Mormon filmmaker exposed for abuse, Christian student groups visit Sundance film festival, composting our dead loved ones, child killed because he didn’t learn his bible verses, oppressive Saudi app exposed, an update about an Oklahoma state senator, and what a new poll suggests about faith and happiness.

February 3, 2019

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New York passes landmark LGBTQ rights laws, another ding-dong American missionary, Christian foster agencies enforce their own rules, Louisiana schools, Muslim extremism, god on the souls of their shoes, and what Mormons believe about their temples.

January 26, 2019

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Pence and the Christian school, guru in jail, Greek Orthodox owns a lot of property, Chechnya orders LGBT people killed, Egypt fines TV host, and an anti-gay therapist comes out of the closet.

January 19, 2019

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Woo gets sued, Methodists make progress on LGBTQ issues, Putin and the JWs, Rome city council and Catholic Church in fight over coins from Trevi fountain, Evangelicals think LGBTQ folk should be removed from anti-lynching bill, church bilks congregants who supported failed musical, and what is and isn’t art.

January 12, 2019

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Drag Queen Story Hour targeted by Christian complainers, China attempts to reform Islam, religious fundamentalism linked to brain damage, dubious scientific claims in India, marriage laws in Kenya, women in Saudi Arabia, and where can atheists go to find inspiration in this world?

January 5, 2019

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Big changes for Mormon women, two women visit temple in India causing riots, Coptic Christians consider changing when they celebrate Christmas, legal change in New South Wales lets sex abuse victims sue churches, Jerry Falwell Jr. opens his big fat mouth, Mississippi changes its license plates adding “In God We Trust,” and a look back at some of the biggest religion stories of 2018. Email us at podcast@thankgodimatheist.com. Leave voicemails for the show at 424-666-8442. Support us at www.patreon.com/TGIAtheist.

December 30, 2018

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Germany considers “Mosque Tax,” Americans trust in clergy at all time low, a fake Catholic priest in Spain, Ukrainian Orthodox schism, temple in India loses its priests, Project Blitz lays out its priorities for 2019, and a goal for all of us.

December 22, 2018

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Growing number of Americans don’t care about Christ being in Christmas, China’s forced labor camps, atheist couple causes stir at pre-school, some cases of cancer have a meaning, Republican muslims in Texas face other Republicans, some sex abuse isn’t Christian, and Andrew Seidel from the Freedom From Religion Foundation joins us to chat about their work.

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Growing number of Americans don’t care about Christ being in Christmas, China’s forced labor camps, atheist couple causes stir at pre-school, some cases of cancer have a meaning, Republican muslims in Texas face other Republicans, some sex abuse isn’t Christian, and Andrew Seidel from the Freedom From Religion Foundation joins us to chat about their work.

December 15, 2018

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Elementary school principal bans Christmas, Trump administration halts HIV research, Salt Lake County now minority Mormon, nuns gamble away charity funds, Baptist exposé reveals deep-seated clergy abuse, Indonesian app lets users report blasphemy, and a festival for the rest of y’all.

December 8, 2018

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Frank and Dan discuss the news of the week from an atheist and exmormon perspective.

December 1, 2018

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Disney takes over Christmas, Taiwan votes against gay marriage, primitive menstruation practice leads to death of young girl, nuns stand up to abuse, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade causes outrage, India gets another really large statue, and a discussion about missionary work in light of John Allen Chau’s death.

November 23, 2018

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An election in Jerusalem, a wedding magazine closes, Ultra-Orthodox wreak havoc on two trans-Atlantic flights, prying preachers cancel wedding, accommodations for holiday displays on public land, Islamist extremist hackers like gay , and Mormons in Congress.

November 16, 2018

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Scotland requires addition of LGBTI history to school  curriculum, Greek progress, trial in Canada, reaction to theatre, Texas lawsuit attempts to end clergy only weddings, female genital mutilation rates drop in Africa, and a discussion about Thanksgiving.

November 10, 2018

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Another schism, Jewish school policy, Alabama constitutional amendment, novice becomes pro, plan for peace in the Holy Land, telescopes get go ahead, and Frank and Dan discuss what it has meant to them to do Thank God I’m Atheist for seven years.

November 3, 2018

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LGBT books publicly burned, Stephen Fry honored for lack of belief, Catholic synod, the wrong people are reading to our children, a Christmas tree, the Church of Iceland, and the right wing loves telling atheists what we truly believe.

October 29, 2018

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Frank and Dan discuss the news of the week from an atheist perspective.

October 20, 2018

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Witches plan Hex on Kavanaugh, Catholic scandals, activists address paedophilia in Poland, death penalty for abortions, an update about Matthew Shepard, a crucifix in Quebec, and spooky times are here!

October 14, 2018

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Frank and Dan present a rundown of the week’s religious news through an atheist lens. They focus the second half of this episode on the hateful messaging coming out of the most recent Mormon General Conference.

October 5, 2018

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A new 24-hour news network you won’t want to miss, Trump ends visas for same-sex partners of UN employees, a horrific story about sex abuse by more Catholic priests, Cardinal watchdog group, Ireland gets its house in order, more Kavanaugh (yuck), and Frank and Dan share some predictions about Mormon General Conference.

September 29, 2018

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Frank and Dan host their weekly rundown of atheist and religious news. This week they also discuss the Kavanaugh hearings.

September 22, 2018

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Pastors attempt to ban banned books, group in UK attempts to keep Franklin Graham out of country, American doctor performs FGM, Catholics update abuse numbers, LDS church gets serious about medical marijuana, a gun goes off in LDC chapel, and a discussion about why it’s so hard to leave religion behind.

September 15, 2018

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Giant cross coming down in Florida, AP poll finds voters don’t consider religion as much as we thought when voting, cholera outbreak linked to church, world Hindu conference, more investigations into abuse by Catholic priests, Christians in China, and alternatives for finding community.

September 8, 2018

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Catholic church isn’t happy about possibility of same-sex marriage in Cuba, future of religious television programming in question in Belgium, a ruling in Texas, White House evangelicals, terrorist attack in Amsterdam, Aretha’s eulogy, and Frank and Dan discuss ongoing disruptions of the LDS status quo.

September 1, 2018

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Youth advocate facing excommunication from Mormon church, Vatican edits pope’s comments, construction worker tries to opt out of bible study and gets fired, Riot appears at Christian festival, Pew has a new poll, Fancy Bear has an unexpected target, and believers’ need for enemies.

August 25, 2018

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American Atheists make a poster, Mormons don’t want to be called Mormons, group of churches tries to own up to racist past, Oklahoma! turned gay, atheists in Kenya call for national “Atheist Day,” Russian student faces jail time for offending believers, and an uproar about David Cross’s Mormon garment stunt.

August 18, 2018

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LDS Church doubles down on anti-gay policies, the story of a transgender youth in Oklahoma, Jeff Sessions, Batman is an atheist, Labor Department creates faith based exemptions for contractors, Pittsburgh priests who ran child ring, and a stroll down memory lane with Frank and Dan.

August 11, 2018

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New poll shows support for conservatives’ distorted view of religious freedom is on the rise, the real reason for the California wildfires, a new video game, Catholic church priest pedophilia update, famous pastor faces allegations of sexual misconduct, prayer at school board meeting, and Frank and Dan talk about creationism, biology, and a ridiculously heavy book.

August 4, 2018

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Group seeks sainthood for five African-Americans, update on the Danish face veil ban, Trump official makes wild statement about religious freedom and anti-gay laws in Africa, Ammon Bundy comes to Utah with ideas about socialists taking over Mormon church, Jeff Sessions forms a task force, Bible removed from military display, and a discussion about current efforts by active Mormons to reforms the LDS church.

July 30, 2018

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Chris sits in for Dan. They discuss good parents, bad parents, LGBT issues, and lots of ideas from men about women.

July 21, 2018

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BYU religious police, Episcopal church presents solution to gay marriage issue, Miami man arrested for trying to burn down building to kill Jewish neighbors, ultra-orthodox men attack neighborhood women Zuckerberg refuses to remove holocaust denial content from Facebook, and the problem with Prosperity Doctrine. 

July 14, 2018

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Religious parents let baby die and only face six years in prison, Amazon profits off of racist and homophobic products, First Church of Cannabis loses court case, Philippines president denies god, angry Israeli politician, bar opens in historically FLDS community, and Frank and Dan speculate about the Supreme Court.

July 7, 2018

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Harsh new laws in Denmark, religious conservatives shift focus from Roe v. Wade, Vatican fails to legally protect children from abuse, Australia considers no longer saying prayer at Parliament, Project Blitz pushes religious based laws in state legislatures, Holy Family lands in a detention center, and gays finally allowed in Provo’s 4th of July parade.

July 1, 2018

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El Al airline changes searing policy, Minnesota mosque vandalized, Jim Carrey paints another Donald Trump portrait, Pope Francis weighs in on global refugee crisis, national motto on tax forms in Texas, Canadians and Mormon polygamy, and a message about hate.

June 23, 2018

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Egypt promotes women’s role at the mosque, FFRF wins court case against Texas governor, Christian national billboard taken down in Dallas, teacher quits over district’s transgender policies, Jeff Session taken to task over child separation policy, and Frank and Dan talk about a home school biology book.

June 16, 2018

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Crosses in Bavaria’s public buildings, Scouts BSA stands firm against atheist members, BYU Hawaii’s failure to respond to violence on campus, European countries continue to target muslims, statue of Marilyn Monroe causes stir, Pope Francis takes a stand on fossil fuels, and Heavenly Mother.

June 9, 2018

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Gender segregation on public beaches, a new movie about Trump, Catholics in Congo respond to ebola, judge says UK’s NHS has authority to exclude homeopathy, St. Paul archdiocese faces big payout to abuse victims, In God We Trust stays on US currency, and our response to the propaganda we grew up watching at church.

June 1, 2018

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Valedictorian silenced over political concerns, chaplain program in Australian schools, televangelist covets jet, baptist college makes correct decision, Ireland makes a change to their constitution, police trainer spreads anti-Muslim bigotry, and recent news reveals a small portion of the LDS Church’s massive financial holdings.

May 26, 2018

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Pope Francis says nice things to gay man, school principal and campus cop fired for promoting religion in school, Catholic church loses priests and nuns, Arizona removes evolution from state education standards, religious conservatives threaten Netflix boycott, Alex Jones faces defamation suit, and the Mormon Church gets outmaneuvered on their past racism.

May 18, 2018

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Beirut Pride cancelled, India cracks down on child abuse, pope reveals himself to be an old crank, US moves embassy to Jerusalem, crackpot causes stir at movie screening, new federal appointee, and Frank and Dan discuss wonder and awe.

May 12, 2018

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Chris sits in for Dan, Missouri lawmaker makes wild claim about rape, female genital mutilation, LDS Church quits Boy Scouts, survey about journalistic ethics at religious schools, and an observation about people with “In God We Trust” license plates/

May 4, 2018

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Dan is joined by guest host Kate for a discussion of her conversion to (and then from) Mormonism. They also discuss GQ’s controvercial book list, a new caucus in the U.S. congress, changing attitudes about gay marriage, a new ten commandments monument (and what the Satanic Temple wants to do about it), Christians defending bestiality, and polling data about who believes in God! Find Kate’s books at https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/entity/author/B00IOAHECU/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 or better yet, at your local independent bookshop!

April 27, 2018

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Scientology infiltrates popular online kid’s game, DC Council Member tries to rehabilitate his image after antisemitic comments only to trip over himself, research shows strong link between religiosity and LGBT teen suicide rates, and a look back at the Branch Davidian showdown 25 years ago in Waco, Texas.

April 20, 2018

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People are less religious when government is bigger, LDS prophet tells African crowed to pay their tithing to get out of poverty, Morrissey denounces halal meat, Silverman fired from top American Atheist post, a new dinosaur museum, another rapture prediction.

April 14, 2018

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Seven years ago, before they started Thank God I’m Atheist, Dan and Frank recorded an hour of audio for a local community radio station. This is that audio. Please enjoy.

April 6, 2018

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Mother uses stun gun to wake son for Easter services, Hindus pray to cleanse concentration camps, Church of England goes cash free, Stormy Daniels counters allegations, “nonconsensual immorality,” and the Mormons have themselves one heck of a General Conference.

March 31, 2018

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UK coroner causes stir by not considering religion, why evangelicals continue supporting Trump, Muslim refugees convert to Christianity in Germany, Mormons march to Temple Square demanding reform, Putin’s Rasputin, the refugee system in the US, and a preview of this weekend’s General Conference.

March 23, 2018

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City council member floats anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, Boko Haram and their kidnapped school girls, Jim Carrey paints a picture, appointment of humanist chaplain blocked, monks angry at the sale of their holy beer, falling rates of religious belief amongst Europe’s youth, and a rape-coverup scandal hits Mormon church.

March 16, 2018

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Vatican doctors photo to omit statement by Benedict, hate group in UK announces horrid event, top level domain woes, three racists bomb mosque in Minnesota, religious types respond to Stephen Hawking’s death, and analysis about why millennials are leaving the Mormon church and what the church could (but won’t) do to keep them.

March 9, 2018

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Public school teacher discovered to be white nationalist podcaster, Christians in Indonesia flogged for playing children’s game, male escort releases dossier implicating Vatican officials, “dirty” churches closed in Rwanda, jerk conspiracy theorists arrested in Texas, and a Mormon movement to end the practice of private one-on-one “worthiness” interviews with children.

March 2, 2018

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NRA calls gun rights “god given,” Church of England issues Lent challenge to clean up environment, lesbian couple denied application to become foster parents, religious college rescinds job offer, “In God We Trust” law, Idaho law, and atheists’ anger.

February 23, 2018

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Town faces the consequences of placing Ten Commandments monument, message in a bottom, new law in Iceland protects all babies from mutilation, woman thrown in jail for baptizing daughter (boy, it’s more complicated than that), Idaho movement to end faith-based medical exemptions, city council members censure one of their own for anti-Islam post on Facebook, and the story of an LDS woman disciplined by church for not shutting up about divorce—she recorded the conversations with her bishop after losing her temple recommend.

February 16, 2018

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Mark sits in for Frank, and Dan talks with Bart Ehrman to discuss his new book “The Triumph of Christianity.”

February 9, 2018

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Indonesians Christians fear deportation, new app promises a better Bible experience for all, two new Polish laws, evangelical minister claims you don’t need the flu shot, top cardinal might support blessing same-sex unions, a new TV show puts god on Facebook, and Christian abuse victim says stay away from church if you need help.

February 2, 2018

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Satanists adopt a highway, ‘In God We Trust,’ Iranian women protest mandatory hijabs, nuns vs priest in battle over control of hospital, Clinton’s spiritual advisor accused of sexual misconduct, KFC franchisee told to stop serving halal chicken, and the possible ripple effect of a high profile ‘mixed orientation’ marriage ending in divorce.

January 26, 2018

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Nonbelievers turn to prayer during crisis, Buddhist scholar runs afoul of law, Missouri would like to redefine marriage, a ploy to “protect” doctors from unsavory patients, internet use reduced religiosity, judge exposes religious bias in court, and a new hashtag is sweeping the nation.

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Nonbelievers turn to prayer during crisis, Buddhist scholar runs afoul of law, Missouri would like to redefine marriage, a ploy to “protect” doctors from unsavory patients, internet use reduced religiosity, judge exposes religious bias in court, and a new hashtag is sweeping the nation.

January 18, 2018

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Fasting to save Trump, West Virginia wants to add Bible to curriculum, new study shows “Muslim Ban” may have prompted more acceptance of Islam in America, two Utahns ritually abuse children in name of religion, UK clergy unionize, Canada enforces Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and how full is my quiver!

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Fasting to save Trump, West Virginia wants to add Bible to curriculum, new study shows “Muslim Ban” may have prompted more acceptance of Islam in America, two Utahns ritually abuse children in name of religion, UK clergy unionize, Canada enforces Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and how full is my quiver!

January 11, 2018

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The New York Times runs an honest obituary about Thomas Monson and the mormons don’t like it, Supreme Court doesn’t take anti-gay Mississippi case, ten commandments monument erected at shopping mall, schism in Mennonite world, lawyers for Kansas assholes want more assholes on jury, school lunch woes in France, and the mechanics of choosing a new LDS prophet.

January 5, 2018

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Ritual child abuse uncovered within FLDS, climate scientists leave US for France, train station named to honor Donald Trump, archdiocese bankruptcy denied, not one of 100 largest US churches is LGBT affirming, elementary teacher fired, and Donald J. Trump as King David (and other biblical figures).

December 30, 2017

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Topless activist tries to steal Baby Jesus, Texas attorney general clarifies gun law, gay priest gets standing ovation, changes in abortion law, added security for Christians in India, Egypt taking new stance on atheism, and the Mormon Church has continued performing baptisms for the death for Holocaust survivors even though they promised they wouldn’t.

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Topless activist tries to steal Baby Jesus, Texas attorney general clarifies gun law, gay priest gets standing ovation, changes in abortion law, added security for Christians in India, Egypt taking new stance on atheism, and the Mormon Church has continued performing baptisms for the death for Holocaust survivors even though they promised they wouldn’t.

December 22, 2017

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The Johnson Amendment survives GOP’s tax legislation, religious broadcasters claim their speech is being stifled, story of Christian flag being saved from DMZ doesn’t add up, Egyptian pop star in trouble for sexy fruit video, and two developments in Mormonism.

December 15, 2017

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Frank and Dan discuss the news of the week and that gosh darn Donald Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We look at how this is playing into Evangelical Christians’ desire to bring about the End of the World.

December 8, 2017

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Mark sits in for Dan and the discussion centers around how could Roy Moore think dating teenage girls is okay. Well… it has something to do with the Evangelical “Courtship Culture” that promotes fathers turning their teen daughters over to older men in order to protect their chastity. All that and the week’s news.

December 1, 2017

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Jewish children’s book causes stir among anti-vaxxers, Touched by an Angel star set for angel-hood herself, suggestive statue erected at Catholic school, countries of particular concern, divining rods used by UK utility workers, religious colleges face dark times, and the religious education workaround.

November 24, 2017

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10 Commandments guy, Australian divorced couple, church shooting, Santa Claus is too American for some Brits, fake Dead Sea Scrolls at DC’s Bible museum, Chinese government offers poor Christians money to take down pictures of Jesus, and sexual harassment.

November 16, 2017

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Religious Alabamans still likely to vote for Moore, member of Congress comes out as humanist, Trump thinks Scientology should lose tax-exempt status, Catholicism at the Costume Institute, Southern Baptist church hires female pastor and faces the consequences, Holy See says no to holy smoke, and Frank and Dan reminisce about six years of podcasting.

November 10, 2017

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Coke runs ad showing Saudi woman learning to drive a car, Kentucky House speaker resigns after being accused of sexual harassment, Indonesia Supreme Court rules in favor of religious freedom, armed guards in churches, new poll about religion and spirituality, surprising election results in polygamist Utah town, and thoughts and prayers are not action and commitment to do anything.

November 2, 2017

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Exclusive housing development only sells to Muslims, China wants to take control of religion, Saudi Arabia announces additional reforms for women, newspaper finds no evidence for Old Testament stories, Mike Pence to visit persecuted Christians, witches, and finding the right space for religion in our society.

October 26, 2017

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Bill O’Reilly mad at God, JWs face class action lawsuit over child abuse, questions for Mormon missionaries, homeless shelter charges tithe, museum highlights Nazis’ use of Martin Luther to justify holocaust, fight over a headstone, and Frank and Dan discuss dangerous non-medical treatments.

October 19, 2017

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SLC movie theatre sues state, new pol shows shift on attitudes about God and morality, Ten Commandments update, Kentucky clerk takes anti-gay marriage message to Romania, Boy Scouts of America announces plan to include girls, a presidential election gets religious, and a clip from Mark and Dan’s new show—“The How To Heretic.”

October 11, 2017

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Church focuses prayer against proposed bike lane, city council in Idaho makes surprisingly inclusive decision, US federal judge strikes down parsonage benefit for clergy, accusations that India is neglecting the Taj Mahal, shark costume in Austria runs afoul of law, and why are the evangelicals so upset about contraception?

October 4, 2017

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Mormon leader proclaims gay marriage will never happen in LDS Church, the Book of Common Prayer, child sacrifice in Uganda, a very special train, Christianity promoted in Kansas prison, a county seal, and the DOJ butts its nose into a court case.

September 27, 2017

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BYU allows caffeine on campus, Muslim university in Berkeley, religious unemployment fraud, judge orders teen to live, atheist donations to hurricane relief, Yemeni WI-FI woes, and Frank and Dan talk about the new developments with the Book of Mormon.

September 20, 2017

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Warren Jeffs, Air Force chaplain, straight marriage ruined by gay marriage, gay cake update, the world is coming to an end, Belgian monks defy pope, and disasters.

September 13, 2017

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National Cathedral announces they are taking down stain-glass windows, poll on evolution and belief, robocalling Christians in hot water, Singapore celebration, churches in Texas sue FEMA, and an offshoot of Mormonism.

September 7, 2017

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Frank and Dan discuss the week’s news and the rise of white supremacy in America.

August 30, 2017

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Robots of the cloth, a very spiritual sonogram, poll about discrimination, Indian guru, ministry lawsuit, and two-thirds of Americans are sinners.  Watch us on youtube.com/tgiatheist. And support us at patreon.com/tgiatheist.

August 22, 2017

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Frank and Dan discuss the news of the week and muse about the eclipse.

August 14, 2017

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Evangelical preachers giving Trump religious cover for nuclear war, Mosque bombed, Sasquatch sighting, Mormon Leaks strikes again, the Pence doctrine, and nazis in America.

August 8, 2017

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Fatwa booths in Cairo, Christians more likely to blame poverty on lack of effort, pastor gives bad advice to bipolar woman, Pope objects to transgender people, someone new is writing laws in Utah, first gay marriage in Church of England, and Mormonism as an ancestor cult.

July 31, 2017

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Religious trafficking, Baby Charlie, Trump nominee, Ark update, ancient Canaanites, and belief.

July 24, 2017

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Creative accounting and The Ark, BYU-Idaho professor fired for post on Facebook, wardrobe change in England, Saudi woman arrested for miniskirt video, BYU professor implicated in Hobby Lobby antiquities scandal, monument revisited, and Mormon Pioneers.

July 18, 2017

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Wheat Jesus, grizzly bears present problem for Native Americans, secular cities, Malta legalizes gay marriage, Palestine and Israel, synthetic Texas, and the First Vision.

July 11, 2017

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Frank and Dan discuss the news of the week and recount the origin of the Devil according to the Mormons. 

July 3, 2017

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Frank and Dan chat about patriotism, the national anthem, and ways in which modern attitudes about the flag and nation feel icky.

June 28, 2017

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Judge miraculously obeys the law, Mississippians now allowed to discriminate against LGBT community, schools in Turkey stop teaching evolution, woman wins lawsuit against Israeli airline, Texas couple exonerated, vaccination woo, and rural America vs. urban America.

June 19, 2017

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Anti-Sharia rallies across the US, British politician steps down, fake drug dealer just ‘doing the Lord’s work,’ Southern Baptists join the modern era, Mormon temple in Rome, Trump wants us to stop attacking religion, and Frank and Dan explain a viral video of young Mormon girl getting her mic cut.

June 12, 2017

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Governor Kentucky has a plan, a story of a stolen brain, a useful reason for converting to Islam, an anti-Islam billboard, religious hospitals win major court victory, a Jewish ritual, and a discussion on religious marriage.

June 5, 2017

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Robot priest blesses the faithful in Germany, survey shows trends with LDS millennials, town ordered to pay Mosque after denying building permit, man with a funny hat makes statement about homosexuality, religious types commit violence, a Ramadan warning, and atheists need to come out for the sake of the world.

May 30, 2017

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Group tries to reclaim tithing from LDS Church, new law in Texas, art heist in Salt Lake, Greg Gainforte is a douchebag, a pastor with a direct line to god, study about loans, and religious fasts.

May 22, 2017

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Doug sits in for Dan: Trump speaks in Saudi Arabia about Islam, fidget spinners take the world by storm, Callista Gingrich to serve as US ambassador to Vatican, Utah’s new polygamy law, an update on the LGBT disaster in Chechnya, a new exhibit at Temple Square, and a chat about LDS missions.

May 15, 2017

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LISTENER WARNING: EXPLICIT SEX TALK IN THIS EPISODE (thanks, Dan…) BYU conducts study, LDS Church steps away from Boy Scouts of America, Mormon Leaks releases LDS internal survey, blasphemy law in Ireland tested by atheist celebs, secular wedding officiants allowed in Oregon, God tells woman to kill, and we explore the question of how much should we let religions get away with.

May 8, 2017

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Frank and Dan talk about ‘religious liberty’ and how that’s cover for Christians to deny rights to other groups.

May 1, 2017

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Religious name ban in China, atheist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia, breast feeding in church, rates of belief in Christ’s resurrection, San Antonio mayor is a ding dong, King James bible burned in Uganda, and the Word of Wisdom.

April 24, 2017

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Benedict celebrates 90th with a rager Vatican-style, another church needs armed security, Humanism recognized by the Department of Defense, Roy Moore strikes again, a pope meeting, Catholic school exercise, and Dan sits down with playwright Robert Askins.

April 17, 2017

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Alabama church gets its own police force, gay friendly book backed by Vatican, Swedish midwife who refused to do abortions loses case, boobies, Marvel comics, magic fire, and the power of religious architecture in secular spaces.

April 10, 2017

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Doug fills in for Frank, and along with Dan dives down the rabbit hole of  Mormonism’s bi-yearly torture of their own members. Together, they explore the scars left on them by their mandatory viewing of the most boring event EVER. Stories include Christians who are more like Pharisees, Duterte giving atheists a pass, the Chechnyan hate round-up, Mike Pence’s fear of women, Bryan Fischer wants to fly his rainbow flag, and a culture clash surrounding who should perform circumcisions and when (hint: nobody. ever.).   

April 3, 2017

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Mormon blogger gets racist, Mexican archdiocese warns construction companies about building Trump’s wall, “In God We Trust,” Pakistan warns social media websites, NASA funds dubious research, image of Smurfette ‘incites feelings’ among orthodox Jews, and Mormons love their personal revelation.

March 28, 2017

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Weekly Bible classes at West Virginia school, hypocritical attorney general, living status for rivers in India and New Zealand, March Madness brackets, Australian commission and child sex crimes in churches, abortion, and Mormon baptism.

March 19, 2017

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Girls Council in Saudi Arabia misses the mark, Satanic Temple has new campaign, the Dutch dodge a bullet, conservative Oklahoma lawmaker engages in hypocrisy, Reza Aslan eats brains, Pat McCrory can’t find a job, and group think.

March 13, 2017

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Majority of Evangelicals believe Trump’s lies about journalists, Bali will not cover nude statues for Saudi royal visit, Kansas congressman claims poor don’t want health insurance, Nike has a new product, new rule for conservative Jews, an anti-medical treatment pastor has been charged in child’s death, and men get their day.

March 6, 2017

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Conservative gay-hating and Planned Parenthood-hating pastor rants on YouTube, dead babies and toddlers found in sewage chambers behind convent, abuse survivor quits Vatican commission, another abortion bill in Texas, Christian war memorial vandalized in Australia, Orthodox Jews take new tactics to stop women from praying at Western Wall, and why religious people think people leave church.

March 2, 2017

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Statue of Christ by Michelangelo rediscovered, parents guilty of 1st-degree murder in religious neglect case, Mormons fight renaming of a street in Atlanta, Ark Encounter not the boon to local tax revenue once hoped for, Christian bookstore closing nationwide, and Frank and Dan discuss Mardi Gras and their complete lack of understand of it.

February 20, 2017

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Hate groups triple membership over the last year, Mormon church takes stance on transgender restroom issue, Boy Scout alternative sees uptick in membership, IKEA issues catalog for ultra orthodox Jews, Glitter Ash Wednesday, US Commission on Religious Freedom releases report gives poor grade to Hindus in India, and Frank and Dan remember growing up Mormon.

February 13, 2017

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Trump appears on Christian network, a solution to Utah’s sex-ed policies, girls want into Boy Scouts of America, World Hijab Day, Pope Francis has a solution to Vatican corruption, private high schools told not to pray at state playoffs, and blue laws from around the world.

February 6, 2017

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Kosher marijuana, preaching politics, transgender boy scouts, a gay Ark Encounter, Jesus wants us to be rich, clergy abuse group sued, and the Department of Education is in serious trouble.

January 30, 2017

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Churches adjust Sunday night activities to accommodate Super Bowl, using the Bible as a court room defense strategy, Trump fails to mention Jews in official Holocaust remembrance statement, dustup at the Knights of Malta, president of Philippines starts showdown with Vatican, Pakistan TV host taken off the air, and Trump bans Muslims from entering the country.

January 23, 2017

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School principal cheats and credits power of prayer, Imam’s prayer incites outrage, FFRF sues to stop public funding of church building maintenance, conservative Christians coming around on pot, JCCs targeted throughout the country, Church of England changes rules on clergy celibacy (not really), and our hopes for progress in America.

January 16, 2017

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Russia set to decriminalize domestic violence, Vatican McDonald’s to feed the homeless, Philippine government blocks popular sites, lesbian couple takes over Baptist congregation, federal prisoner sues for secular treatment program, After School Satan opens in Utah, and a discussion on religious tax exempt status.

January 8, 2017

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Neo-nazis plan march in Montana, the family that prays together gets their SUV stolen, US military extends religious accommodations, then there were two (Shakers left in the world), LDS Church growth rate drops in US, Church of Norway status changes, and we talk with Fred Karger who is currently fighting to end the Mormon Church’s tax exempt status. Support us on Patreon.

January 2, 2017

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Scientology takes aim at A&E, NYPD makes accommodations to Sikh and Muslim officers, the Utah Secular Caucus takes form, pope on the run buys new shoes, MoTab member resigns over Trump inauguration, soccer and witches, and was 2016 really as bad as we’re all making it out to be? Yes, maybe it was, but let’s also remember that Scalia died, and that was pretty awesome.

December 19, 2016

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“Charlie Brown Christmas” causes stir at Texas middle school, freaked out liberal christians return to church after Trump victory, LGBT community center opens across from Mormon temple, Oklahoma plans for anti-abortion signs in public buildings, LDS church changes mind about new song in young women’s songbook, neopagan wins right to wear horns on driver’s license, and an interview with Michael Ferguson about his experiences with gay conversion therapy and lawsuit after the fact. Support us on Patreon.

December 11, 2016

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Vatican repeats itself about gay priests, German court rules that Muslim girls must take swimming class, Marriott makes big decision about the Bible, the world’s largest nativity, the world is ending (again), Orthodox rabbis and converting to Judaism, and neuroscientist Michael Ferguson joins us to talk about faith and the brain.

December 4, 2016

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Santa vs. Jesus board game ruffles Christian feathers, Catholic priest prevents gay man from singing at own grandmother’s funeral, Norway fines Catholic church for falsifying membership numbers to get more taxpayer money, Pope Francis advocates for the climate (and science), new study shines positive light on psychedelic drugs in fighting depression, and sneaky ways Christian types try to block abortions.

November 27, 2016

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Dan and Mark spend Thanksgiving in Savannah, Georgia.

November 20, 2016

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Naughty and nice retailers, Georgia tries to outlaw hijabs in public, Duck Dynasty comes to a close, German protestants stop converting Jews, humanists sue, Catholic diocese in Minnesota, and maybe we need some new friends.

November 13, 2016

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Self-appointed bishops, pope says no to female priests, China lures children away from church, Michelle Bachmann uses graph to show power of prayer, priest posts video with dead fetus, Oklahomans vote down constitutional amendment, and Dan and Frank take a moment to reflect on the election.

November 6, 2016

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Trump robocaller calls third-party candidate ‘closet homosexual’, transgender Muslim woman hacked to death, rabbi discovers code in scripture predicting a Trump presidency, Oklahoma seeks to change state constitution, county commissioners in court for right to pray at meetings, Puerto Rico gubernatorial candidate comes out atheist, and talking to believers.

October 30, 2016

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South Koreans experience their own funeral, Vatican says no to scattering ashes, prayer garden for pet lovers, BYU offers amnesty to rape victims, Pope Francis opens posh papal retreat to public, Mormon(s) and gay(s), and a tribute to Jack Chick.

October 23, 2016

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Cardinals protest McDonald’s opening near Vatican, Americans trust scientists and military over clergy, Sweden gets a cemetery free of religious symbols, pastor comes out as atheist and then runs back to the church, terrorism in Kansas, a Catholic charity in India surprises us (a little), and an independent presidential candidate in Utah within striking distance of winning the state.

October 16, 2016

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Norwegian trickery trips up psychics, Temple Mount aggression, no more holiday displays on county courthouse grounds, US government releases report on religious freedom and many religious leaders are upset by its content, an angry pope takes on Germany, InterVarsity to fire employees who don’t agree with them on gay marriage, and Mormon tithing settlement.

October 9, 2016

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High school assembly about sex, Oklahoma’s governor, Catholic diocese makes right on sex abuse scandal, an elderly bar mitzvah, not-so-shocking sculpture of Jesus shocks conservatives, clever polygamist defense, and Mormon Leaks.

October 2, 2016

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Utah legislative candidate comments online, female chess players face obstacles, untouchables find way out, Confederate flag removed from Washington National Cathedral, change comes to Billy Graham’s ministry, Danish anti-migrant spray, and Mormons and their get-rich-quick schemes.

September 25, 2016

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Priest delivery service, Pakistani Christian jailed for online blasphemy, the Sistine Chapel visits Texas, J-Dubs face judicial review in Canada, study about Nones, update about American hate pastor in Africa, and appropriating eastern spirituality in the west.

September 17, 2016

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Religion’s economic value, Arizona pastor denied entrance into South Africa, arson, Mormons shying away from Republican party, hijab emoji, only ‘natural families’ should get child care tax credit, and atheists are no longer the most hated group in America.

September 11, 2016

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Obama nominates Muslim to Federal bench, Kaepernick is not muslim, I won’t watch that icky video, Midwest hospital chain rebrands, atheist minister, a mother files charges, and how our views on Islam have evolved over the fifteen years since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

September 4, 2016

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Georgia county bans new churches, ISIS declares Pope enemy number one, Christian woman told to remove headscarf for DMV photo, a gay bishop, Indiana religious freedom act, Icelandic elves stop construction project, and Mormon seminary is just plain awful.

August 28, 2016

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Atheists run for office in Arizona, homophobic pastor arrested for child molestation, federal judge lets strict vaccination law stand in CA, US State Department makes international call, saga of atheist donor in Oklahoma, new Vatican handbook about sex, and the French try to ban burkinis at the beach.

August 22, 2016

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Louisiana flood exposes hypocrisy, Lutherans want to reconcile with Rome, gay bashing, Pokemon Go linked to demonic plot, the Norwegian Church loses members thanks to online registration, prayer and religion banned at Chinese hospitals and four ‘lamanites’ sue LDS Church.

August 16, 2016

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Mormons build high-profile temple in Philadelphia, Trump ask evangelicals for help (with Mormons!), Satanic Temple is at it again, Hillary Clinton writes a letter to Utah, woman denied vanity plate settles lawsuit, Christian pastors sue Illinois for right to perform ‘conversion therapy,’ and faith at the Olympics.

August 7, 2016

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Public school adopts problematic logo, Pope Francis follows through on a promise, Satan clubs test public schools’ after-school club policies, Josh Duggar sued by the face of his online sex presence, church promises to drop Bibles onto ISIS, a day for ‘burkinis’ at French waterpark, and a lack of evidence supporting flossing’s health benefits tests our commitment to basic dental hygiene.

July 30, 2016

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Tattoos leave marks at BYU-Hawaii, Ben-Hur for a new generation, France attacks, a new law in Illinois, Kansas City sued, non-believers campaign to affect Australian census, and being an atheist in an election year.

July 25, 2016

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China bans churches over safely concerns, Muslim clerics issue fatwa against ISIS, Garden of Eden becomes World Heritage Site, Pokemon, marriage laws challenged, pastor starts club, and Pioneer Day!

July 18, 2016

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A Kentucky judge refuses to marry atheist couple, FLDS news, Pakistan’s own Kim Kardashian murdered in honor killing, mosques shouldn’t be polling stations (but neither should churches and synagogues), ‘Meet the Mormons: Part 2’, Newt Gingrich has a big fat mouth, and superstitious atheists.

July 11, 2016

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Texas governor’s new rule affecting abortion, Catholic priests in Montreal banned from children, Trump’s Star of David, driver’s license photo error, post-Brexit bigotry, Russia limits religious proselytizing, and Noah’s Ark theme park opens in Kentucky.

July 4, 2016

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Turns out the Book of Mormon isn’t historical, Satanic Temple strikes again, demon possession, Kansas church calls for sexual assault victims to be outed, Mississippi ‘religious freedom’ law struck down for trampling on religious freedom, Christian website must make room for gays, and our take on the 4th of July.

June 26, 2016

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Kim Davis declares victory in fight against gay marriage, wishing Muslims happy Ramadan, European Islamophobia summit scheduled, Osteen hecklers, UK asylum seekers, satanists vs anti-satanists, and proof there is a god.

June 19, 2016

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Pope Francis pets a tiger, a clash at the Western Wall, Mormon missionaries in trouble, atheist scholarships, Amish PAC, the many smells of Jesus, and the Orlando shooting.

June 12, 2016

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Passion of the Christ 2, religious freedom is just for Christians, Evangelicals are feeling a little left out, Iowa’s governor, Mecca turns mega, and Dan interviews newly minted atheist Shannon Low of the Order of Elijah.

June 5, 2016

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Women and church attendance, to hajj or not to hajj, judge hands down a creative sentence, inappropriate test question, Mormon church takes anti-gay fight to Mexico, Muslim killed by mob may have been eating beef, and celebrities and atheism.

May 28, 2016

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Children afflicted in Peru, father interprets Bible literally with horrendous consequences, landmark court ruling in New Jersey, Swiss Muslims face fine, sacred objects auctioned off to offense of Native Americans, Saudi doctor shot for doing his job, and religious folks once again try to spruce up the Bible.

May 22, 2016

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Changes in Mormon missionary attire, abuse sticks, abuse by clergy on the rise, International Religious Freedom Act, town sells plot of land under cross, Church of Scotland explores way to remotely baptize, and a quick talk about suicide and non-believers.

May 16, 2016

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American Atheists sues Tennessee sheriff for promoting Jesus, Arabic speakers loving on Dawkins, Ohio megachurch can’t force insurance company to pay for child abuse, criminal sentenced to read Ben Carson book, Missouri school’s field trip to Jesus, Alabama chief justice KOed by drag queen, and Dan and Mark discuss the great trans panic of 2016!

May 8, 2016

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Angel washes up on the shore, first amendment needs defending, marrying off your quiverfull, restraining order against God, Hindus are jerks too, troubles at the Target bathroom, and Jake and Dan talk about God telling candidates to run only to fail. 

May 1, 2016

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Denny Hastert sentenced to jail time, Oklahoma knows how to pay for lawsuits, Utah Pride festival bans gay site, Kevin Swanson compares gays to Nazis and cannibals, Mormon university blames the (rape) victim, Scientology leader’s father write tell-all book, and Dan and Mark discuss parents who kill their children through prayer.

April 24, 2016

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Iowa schools shut down, Hitchens converted, Americans and prayer, poll shows UK muslims sympathize with violence, leader of Conservative rabbis resigns, Utah , and Dan and Jake discuss Mormon communism.

April 16, 2016

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The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster declared “not a real religion,” giant crucifix proposed in Australia, a “relic in the making” sold to highest bidder, governor of Tennessee rejects the Bible, parents object to Bible placement in schools, Sarah Palin insults Bill Nye, and a very scary Christian daycare in Alabama.

April 9, 2016

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Bangladeshi atheist killed by Muslim mob, Russian nonbeliever in trouble, new poll on gender and religious belief, giant cross in Corpus Cristi, Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims would allow his rich friends to enter US, conservative Christians gather to discuss , and a Mormon general authority claims divine protection for LDS missionaries in Brussels’ bombing.

April 3, 2016

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Frank and Dan speculate about why Utah has more plastic surgeons per capita than any other state in the US and include a discussion about how the Mormon obsession with perfection comes at a high cost for Mormon women. Also: Catholic cardinal takes money from charity to renovate his luxury apartment, Donald Trumps makes some sense, Mississippi approves Church Protection Act, Easter stunt in Louisiana, Colorado school district in showdown over religious literature in schools, and Alabama’s governor in sex scandal. 

March 26, 2016

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Frank and Dan discuss Joseph Smith’s “Thirteen Articles of Faith” and how the Mormons live them today. Also: Utah might vote for a democrat this year, parents react to yoga in the schools, North Carolina blocks LGBT protections, Obama defunds abstinence only education, Shawna Cox sues federal employees for ungodly amount, and Catholic bishop bans Muslims from praying in churches.

March 21, 2016

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Mark and Frank continue their conversation about art, this time focusing on attempts to censor art. Also: Mother Teresa on track for September sainthood, Oklahoma lawmakers seek to change state constitution, Bernie Sanders needs to “meet Jesus,” majority of GOP supports ban on Muslim immigration, and an evolution warning appears in text books. 

March 13, 2016

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Frank and Mark discuss the role art plays in religious settings. Also: Americans are officially getting less religious, Christians turn to faith-based groups to pay medical bills, gays ruin Easter, faith exemptions for businesses and bad parents, and a Christian pastor gets buttocks bitten off by lion. 

March 5, 2016

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Sexual healing in Arizona, Mormon leader denies existence of homosexuals, faithful couple loses septuplets, Sikh man sues US Army, Best Picture shockingly pleases Catholics, new online religious literacy class, and it turns out that religion plays a very different role in voters’ minds than one might expect. 

February 27, 2016

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Frank and Mark discuss recent examples of LDS leadership officially meddling in Utah’s lawmaking process. Other stories include: Eleven FLDS leaders have been indicted in food stamps fraud, NYC teacher claims anti-Irish discrimination, an orthodox Israeli bashes up TV screens mid-flight, Catholic archbishop wants alternative to Girl Scouts, the political clout of the “nones,” holy milk.

February 20, 2016

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death at 79 has left some conservatives wondering if foul play was involved. Plus, we talk about some of his influential statements and what this means for atheists in the United States.

February 14, 2016

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New bill in West Virginia, clerk harasses lesbian couple, horrific get rich quick scheme in Africa, Ted Cruz is the face of God, Mardi Gras, and miracles. Mark sits in for Frank.

February 6, 2016

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Trump commits a faux pas, new Israeli policy for women at prayer wall, poor response from priests about zika virus health guidelines, ‘In God we trust’ and police cars in Wisconsin, Phoenix city council wrings hands over ‘satanic’ prayer, and we keep it short because we’re both sick.  

January 30, 2016

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Bernie’s fate, belief and awe, lawsuit about Jesus’ skin color, Italy covers nude statues for Iran’s leader, BYU law school in trouble for discrimination, American voters shift on atheist candidates, and talking about your atheism with nonatheists. 

January 23, 2016

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Popemobile for sale, “In God We Trust” motto challenged in court, Saudi Arabian fatwa against chess, two atheist organizations merge, Irish grade schools, a wedding chapel in Taiwan takes interesting form, and we discuss alternative medicine.

January 16, 2016

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Planned Parenthood sues group that made undercover videos, Russian Pastafarian required to always wear his colander while driving, Irish woman jailed for abortion, Icelandic youth don’t believe God created universe AT ALL, conservatives own the Bible, the hypnotic power of lotteries, and the Kinderhook Plates explained. 

January 9, 2016

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Mark fills in for Frank, and he and Dan discuss the militia men in Oregon and their Latter Day Saint connections. Also: Huckabee is too good at Christianing, Alabama Supreme Court justice gone rogue again, a school for training diddlers, Marco Rubio’s new campaign ad, child abuse by a charity in India, and new stats reveal where America stands. 

January 4, 2016

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New Biblical theory, murder, church trends, religious rights for me, victory for Planned Parenthood, Christmas in Brunei, and the afterlife makes no damned sense.

December 27, 2015

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Frank calls Dan for Christmas well wishes. 

December 19, 2015

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Texas plumber whose truck ended up in ISIS video sues, Mother Teresa’s miracle approved, judge gets sworn in on something other than the Bible, college professor suspended for online post supporting muslims, school assignment crosses line, where to bury mass murderers, and Frank and Dan possibly put their big white feet in their dumb white mouths. 

December 12, 2015

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Priest spends $1 Million on beefy lover, members of Donald Trump’s church want him out, FFRF gets ignored, home vandalized, observatory nixed in Hawaii, UK no longer a Christian nation, and we set goals for the new year. 

December 5, 2015

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Souvenir vendors displaced, Fox and Friends, faith-based groups and federal money, Humanists and Muslims, Donald Trump speaks to Jewish group, dueling nativity scenes, and we respond to emails and voicemail.   

November 28, 2015

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LDS cancel experiment, temple in India, abandoned newborn found in church, black Friday fighting, public library planned for polygamist town, an ad gets canceled in UK, and ’tis the season for gift giving. 

November 21, 2015

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Judge orders circumcision, Missouri legislator tries to stop research, “idiot” christian warrior kills child, Scalia spews more argle bargle, Mormon university cancels event, trouble in sportsland, and Mark and Dan wade like scared little bunnies into the topics of Islamic terrorism and the refugee crisis.

November 14, 2015

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Mark fills in for Frank again to chat with Dan about: religious giving on the decline, lesbian moms, Japan losing interest in Buddha, Darwin’s Origin of the Species, magnets messing with brains, and Ray offering Comfort to Christians. Also- what are the purity tests for your tribe?

November 7, 2015

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Mark sits in for Frank, and chats with Dan about non-religious kids being more generous than religious, Canada swears in, Ben Carson continues not to make sense, Texans opt out of education, GOP debate finds a home, Catholics do Hobby Lobby one better, and the Mormons hate on babies.

October 31, 2015

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Sheik Fagin, Museum of the Bible under federal scrutiny, Hindu cattle patrols, praying football coach, city council prayers, LDS church redefines their words, and what do you do when the shoes on the other foot.

October 27, 2015

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A very quiet march for peace, Singaporean pop star, Ben Carson’s stance on abortion, tripping pastors, Mormon leader says something awful, and silly things believers wear.

October 17, 2015

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Big tip from church to pizza delivery driver, gun discounts, bike lanes and religious freedom, relics, Mother Teresa’s charity, UK man and Saudi Arabian justice system, and Mark Hofmann. 

October 10, 2015

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Mark sits in for Dan and we discuss BYU’s violations of religious freedom, Norway creates app for leaving the church, Jason Chaffetz, merchandizing faith, FFRF’s victory in Georgia, and Mormon leadership misses the boat at this week’s General Conference. 

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Mark sits in for Dan and we discuss BYU’s violations of religious freedom, Norway creates app for leaving the church, Jason Chaffetz, merchandizing faith, FFRF’s victory in Georgia, and Mormon leadership misses the boat at this week’s General Conference. 

October 3, 2015

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Mark sits in for Dan, and we discuss the Christian preacher with the resurrectin’ power, the evangelicals who descended on Donald Trump, the Indiana legislator who videoed himself cheating on his wife (and then texted a copy to everyone he knows), how New Zealand prefers the dark side of the force, right wing crazies, Kim Davis’s papal visit, and the World Conference of Families (and their upcoming visit to SLC).

September 26, 2015

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Pope visits America, polygamist town flooded, gay man nominated to serve as Secretary of the Army, teen clockmaker, religious (online) searches, Jesus shows up in someone’s brain, and guest host Mark tells us his story.

September 19, 2015

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It’s our 200th episode and there are plenty of surprises in store… mainly we’re drunk and we have a couple of visitors. Shhh! It’s Cecile and Tom from “Cognitive Dissonance.” Plus we do some stories, but not really. You’ll just have to listen.

September 13, 2015

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Class of 2019, Maylasia and their rules, imprisoned Iranian cartoonist faces more time in jail, punishments in India, adult coloring books, and pluralism in America. 

September 5, 2015

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Mark sits in for Frank and talks about the following with Dan: the Josh Duggar saga continues, Kim Davis is behind bars, a Utah man who raped little girls uses Bible as excuse, the pope lets priests forgive women who have abortions, an Oklahoma school bans crosses and cowboy boots, Episcopals divest of fossil fuels, and Bryce Blankenagel from “Naked Mormonism Podcast” stops by for a visit. 

August 29, 2015

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Terrorist threat actually just a welcome sign in Hebrew, praying the potholes away, Rome to name square after Martin Luther, Mormon Church decides to stay with BSA, Jain problem, and sex problems for the religious.

August 23, 2015

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Utah Mormons want church out of BSA, French court rules schools don’t need to offer non-pork lunch option for students, you only pope once, theatre piece canceled for addressing radicalization of Muslims, gun stores ban muslims, an atheist and a minister, and the pledge.

August 15, 2015

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Chechen women scam ISIS, Italian priest offers baby bonus, East Texas man sentenced to marriage, spiritual needs filled by natural beauty, cop cars sport bible verses, NFL player comes out as atheist, and you might just be religious about your atheism.

August 8, 2015

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Church of England worried about “trendy” exhumations, Canada Post workers refuse to delivery anti-abortion tracts, Georgia seeks to protect clergy from gay marriage, Satanic Temple unveils their monument, stabbing at Jerusalem pride, seven year old atheist punished by Christian teacher, and the Mormon Church reveals “seer stone” used by Joseph Smith.

August 2, 2015

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Kenyan priests fight polio vaccination, federal prisons officially recognize humanism as religion, Catholic priests no longer needed in Antarctica, praying in the car, taking up serpents, photography exhibit at BYU causes stir, and Boy Scouts of America changes policy to allow gay leaders.

July 25, 2015

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County clerk in Kentucky goes rogue for god, Iceland legalizes blasphemy, Texas town fights plan to build Muslim cemetery, ousted pastor, christian church vandalized by christians, federal land under cross no longer federal, and a look at the faith of the republican candidates for president.

July 18, 2015

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Third gender in India, ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses post billboard for current JWs, French Muslim leader calls for use of unused Christian churches, new prayer rules for Florida city, colleges and contraception, Utah school sex education contract, and the pope has something to say about capitalism.

July 11, 2015

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Ten commandments update, Saudi comedian tackles issues facing Middle East, First Church of Cannabis holds first meeting, Hindus and homosexuality, Baylor University policy change, traffic stops in Puerto Rico, and Boyd K. Packer is dead.

July 4, 2015

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Pope portrait, fetus for ransom, otherwise healthy 24-year old granted right to die for depression, “Jewish” protesters, LDS Church makes donation to Utah Pride Center, ten commandments monument ordered taken down from Oklahoma capitol grounds, and it’s a brave new gay marrying world.

June 28, 2015

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Bristol Palin pregnant out of wedlock again, gay men win consumer fraud case, California Assembly passes strict mandatory vaccination law, new chair of Texas Board of Education, Satanists sue Missouri over abortion laws, attack on French factory, and an interview with David Michael, host of “My Book of Mormon.”

June 20, 2015

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Rachel guest hosts with Dan and talks about growing up female in the LDS church.

June 14, 2015

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Dan plays interviews from old episodes: Peter Boghossian, Darrel Ray, the Bishop of London, and Paige Palmer. New episode next week.

June 6, 2015

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Christian gamemakers, Alan Keyes is an idiot, Indiana’s Church of Cannabis gets IRS recognition, Swiss schools, Muslims in the Supreme Court, Church of England feminists would like god to sometimes be a she, and we respond to emails discussing trans issues and transphobia.

May 30, 2015

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Creationist discovers fossils, Muslim high school soccer team refuses to play against team with two girls, Ireland votes for equality, atheists as a voting block, ice cream, college entry, and we continue our conversation about civility.

May 24, 2015

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Boy Scouts chief argues for ending ban on gay leaders, Saudi Arabia places ad for new executioners, Indonesian military inspects female recruits genitalia for proof of virginity, wedding officiating, faith and science, priests have more fun, and we respond to one of the Scathing Atheist diatribes… http://bit.ly/1drTJZm.

May 16, 2015

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Christianity’s falling numbers, California senate votes to end “personal belief” exemption for vaccines, International Draw Mohammed Day, Mormon temple in England charged taxes, high school principal in Georgia says something racist, new form of religious tracts, and eating animals.

May 9, 2015

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Americans support the right to offend, Christian book of the year, Americans more supportive of a potential gay president than an evangelical one, Sunday school teacher gets released, polygamist wife, one city’s antidiscrimination law, and our review of “God’s Not Dead.”

May 2, 2015

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Nothing. Nothing happens. This is not an episode. And now Dan might have to take up Tai Chi or gardening or something, because he is THIS CLOSE to actually losing it.

April 25, 2015

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China says no more strippers at funerals, another business set to deny service to gay community, Islamic school principal bans girls from running, Pope and French ambassador, Arkansas monument, sexy Saudi store, and check that box!

April 18, 2015

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Muslim migrants throw Christians off boat, ISIS leader killed planting bomb, human compost, Idaho Christian professor teaches evolution and loses his job, Tennessee bill to make Holy Bible state book dies in committee, Vatican backs off of radical American nuns, and gay marriage.

April 11, 2015

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Hindu temples’ gold as cure for India’s economic woes, ISIS brings down TV5 Monde, pregnant j-dub refuses blood transfusion leading to death of her and baby, Mormon General Conference “nays,” Canadian postal workers, yoga in schools, and our interview with James Randi and Tyler Measom of “An Honest Liar.”

April 4, 2015

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Isis destroys halal chickens from America, owners of Indiana pizzeria strike it rich on go fund me, Kenyan university shot up by al-shabab, Bangladeshi bloggers, Pew report on global religious trends, and Utah man helps with resurrection.

March 28, 2015

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Muslim medical students sue school to change curriculum, California lawyer proposes ballot initiative to kill gays, Catholic high school approves prom dresses, Bob Jones III, happy Wiccans and Georgia’s RFRA, patriotic Georgians, and CNN special report: Atheists!

March 21, 2015

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BYU grads looking to change rules at said university, prominent San Francisco evangelical church ends celibacy policy for gays, RFRA laws coming to a state near you, California supreme court doesn’t like boy scouts, Presbyterian church votes to allow gay marriage, LDS apostles say the darndest things, and we dumb atheists don’t think no good.

March 14, 2015

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Oklahoma House of Repressentatives passes bill that would end government issued marriage licenses, US government returns eagle feathers to Lipan Apache, Diane Rehm in lukewarm water, Arkansas legislator regifts adopted children, family leaves New Zealand cult and gets lots of cool new stuff, Netherlands discovers skeleton in brass buddha statue, and the Mormon Church hides its history in plain sight.

March 7, 2015

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Texas Republican wants to legalize marijuana because “God created it,” 400 men castrate themselves at the behest of their guru, broadcast of BBC documentary blocked in India, sex shop troubles, ruling in Canada, prayer in school, and protecting our churches one law at a time.

February 28, 2015

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A “super” episode featuring segments from multiple episodes including: sexual propositions at the Vatican, camels don’t belong in much of the old testiment, frozen guru, abortion prevention pills, man sues first responders (instead of God), muslim family removed from Empire State Building overlook, and our musings on “spirituality.”

February 21, 2015

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Breakups spike after holidays, Jesus takes the wheel in Mississippi, police suspect hate crime, J-Dubs and a surprisingly bad policy, Oklahoma tries to abandon history, woman tries new conversion technique, and the problem Christians calling other Christians out for circular logic.

February 15, 2015

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Mississippi and 50 Shades of Grey, hate crimes, yoga class banned by church, a new reason women shouldn’t drive cars (in Saudi Arabia), and a chat with someone leaving her religion.  

February 7, 2015

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Controversial new “third parent” fertility treatment, Iceland to build temple to Nordic gods, Average Mohamed calls out ISIS with cartoons, Val Kilmer goes to the hospital, making money in the service of the Lord, rabbi won’t leave, and Frank and Dan talk about “Going Clear” the new HBO documentary about Scientology.

January 30, 2015

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Most and least bible-minded cities in America, Colorado bakery refuses to make offensive cake, Vatican finds symbolism in balloons, family commits suicide to avoid the coming apocalypse, Ordain Women (not the Mormon ones), a priest takes Burke the Jerk’s advice, and the Mormons hold a press conference.

January 24, 2015

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Canadian First Nation girl dies after traditional treatment fails to cure leukemia, US Supreme Court rules to allow Muslim prisoner to wear beard, the boy who didn’t come from heaven, secular family values, Florida school update, Alabama town gets a new boss, and we chat with Anonymous Steve (the UK father ordered by judge to attend church with children).

January 16, 2015

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Oxford University Press creates guidelines to avoid offending Jews and Muslims, residents near treatment center for priests worry about property values, a Saudi jihad against the jolly, an ultra orthodox Jewish newspaper discovers Photoshop, and our response to “My Husband’s Not Gay.”

January 9, 2015

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Irish group distributes anti-gay literature, TLC debuts “My Husband’s Not Gay,” Tennessee woman finds good home for embryos, Florida counties begin issuing marriage licenses for gay couples, religious exemption predictions, the feminized church, and the mess that is Islam.

January 3, 2015

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Pope Francis and the environment, gay Christians meet in Portland, largest nativity in the world, Utah woman makes baby decision, Islamist militants kill non-Muslims, zombie church in Slovenia, and we resolve to become better atheists.

December 27, 2014

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Indiana man and his mobile nativity scene, mandatory Bible verses on back of “tricycles,” passenger kicked off flight after protesting “Merry Christmas,”  following up on a year of atheism for former Christian pastor, an attack on a holiday display, and a menorah lighting gone wrong.

December 19, 2014

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The Bible as tweets, Mitt Romney pleas for release of “The Interview,” Australia responds to Sydney cafe siege, judge dismisses lawsuit, Iranian blogger, Satanists ruffle feathers with yet another holiday display, and Mormons know how to torture.

December 12, 2014

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Missouri sets execution record, Americans increasingly want to separate religious marriage from civil marriage, Dalai Lama and Pope will not meet, high school coach punishes team members, Mormons in , Canadian woman REALLY believes her dead husband can still be healed, and TGIA declares war on Christian privilege. 

December 6, 2014

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Adam guest hosts with Frank to discuss the following: former Hasid sues Quebec over lack of education, Australian government cuts university funding but funds something else, super strict new law, yogi gone bad, campaign to help bigoted bakers, Pakistani pop singer gets in trouble, and Pope Francis says pets might go to heaven.

November 28, 2014

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Beard ban at BYU, HBO prepares team of lawyers for upcoming Scientology documentary, Houston pastor denies burial to longtime church member, ex-gay leader gets married, military confusion, a Chicago church teaches a lesson, and we wrestle with the issue of race in America.

November 22, 2014

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Austria attempt to ban foreign funding of mosques and imams, faith healing in America, pro-life means you should be pro-immigration reform, Church of England allows female bishops, Vatican conference on marriage, Monster energy drink woman shows up elsewhere, and Frank and Dan offer advice on handling religious families during the holiday season.

November 14, 2014

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Churchgoers find beer at “experimental” church, Kenya’s Catholic Priests interfere with public health, Mormon missionaries try chalk art, Maryland school district struggles with holidays, Cardinal Burke gets demoted, and taxes and religion have their day in court.

November 8, 2014

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Catholic Church in Norway commits fraud, 44 people arrested in Pakistan for murder of Christian couple, Alabama electorate attempts to block sharia law, churches electioneer, triumph in federal court, Christian teen slays Satanist teen, and death with dignity.

October 31, 2014

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Malaysian Muslims get in trouble for petting dogs, Indian woman turns husband in for homosexuality, Catholic exorcists call for “Holyween,” the pope and evolution, new navy guy, science and the eucharist, and we talk about ghosts (and play a piece from Adam).

October 24, 2014

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Shootings in Canada, justice Scalia inadvertently knocks his own argle-bargle, Vatican cookbook reveals Pope favs, the ten commandments are broken, Nobel snubs the chosen people, orthodox Jews attack busses, and the Mormons cop to some messed-up stuff.

October 17, 2014

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Atheist jailed for denying “higher power” gets $2M settlement, Mother Teresa runs for office, Dalits change religion in protest of caste system, a Mormon chaplain, UK denies refugee status to prominent Iranian atheist, the Vatican’s stance on gays may be changing, and the question of moderate Muslims.

October 10, 2014

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HIV+ minister has sex with congregation, Bill Maher has a message for liberals and their outrage, US seminaries granted $1.5 million to teach science, pulpit freedom Sunday, Justice Scalia, “science” teacher, and gays get married (again…).

October 3, 2014

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Arkansas shooting range declares itself a “Muslim Free Zone,” CBS refuses to air atheist commercial, what Americans pray for, a town called Ave Maria, Muslim beheads co-workers, football team forced to remove crosses from helmets, and we try to answer the question, “Why TGIA?”

September 26, 2014

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Warning: we were celebrating our 150th episode a little too hard while recording this. We do the news and then decide to drunk dial some TGIA VIPs. 

September 20, 2014

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Airmen no longer required to say “so help me god” when reciting USAF oath, Satanic Temple provides educational materials to Orange County public schools, ISIS changes school curriculum in Iraq, China cracks down on Christianity, Muslim headscarves and body image, new way for ebola to move about, and our war on Christmas.

September 12, 2014

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Sam Harris gets spiritual, China and the Dalai Lama, Orthodox Patriarch chimes in on Putin, atheist airman, Egypt arrests seven men, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, and ISIS.

September 5, 2014

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Competing polls about removing “under God” from pledge, church bans use of altar for tea service, high school changes depiction of mascot, St. Patrick’s Day parade, Florida mayor kicks someone out of public meeting, Victor Stenger passes away, and online etiquette for atheists.

August 29, 2014

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Kirk Cameron saves Christmas with holiday film, US Muslims ask State Department for protection during Hajj, Mormon parents write letter to non-believing child, Zara apologizes for insensitive kids clothing, Utah polygamists no longer in legal peril, humanist does good during Ebola outbreak, and marriage in a non-religious world.

August 22, 2014

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Biblical erotica and homeschoolers, atheist congressional candidate mails condoms to pro-life group, Noah’s Ark theme park awarded $18 million in tax breaks, Tea Party of Louisiana opposes common core, Mars Hill makes a big announcement, Florida county votes to block atheists from praying, and Richard Dawkins opens his mouth.

August 15, 2014

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European towns with anti-semitic names, Texas court rules against Christian homeschoolers, LDS Church surveys followers, grumpy dad and his will, the Navy removes Bibles from its hotels, Glenn Beck lawsuit, and we spend some time listening to our listeners.

August 8, 2014

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Molester claims a demon made him do it, missionaries infected with ebola criticized for their third world work, federal judge rules that banning gay-conversion therapy for minors does not violate religious freedom guarantees, Black Jesus debuts on Cartoon Network, archbishops and their housing, meal discount for praying in public, and we call for mass resignation of atheists from their former churches.

August 1, 2014

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North Texas tax office adds “In God We Trust” to tax forms, Hawaii GOP candidate denies ties to evangelical group, Christians start free laundry ministry, Catholic priest gets texts from the devil, Christian coffee shops, strict laws enforce fasting in Iran, and a “mass” resignation from the LDS Church.

July 25, 2014

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Google Suggest suggests religious stereotypes, Christian group “fasting” to oppose gay marriage, thieves steal air conditioners from Tennessee churches, Italian priest and cocaine, religious requirements for heads of state, FFRF victory, and musings about Utah’s Pioneer Day.

July 19, 2014

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Adam sits in for Dan for the first half of the show, and Hemant Mehta chats with Frank and Dan during the second half. Hobby Lobby owners want to build Bible museum in DC, a survey of Americans’ views of religious groups, a miracle and a motorcyclist collide, Iraqi Muslims want Christians to pay religious tax, Urban Outfitters and Lord Ganesh, a Muslim supermarket worker refuses to sell pork and alcohol during Ramadan.

July 11, 2014

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Christian rappers claim Katy Perry stole their song, Rainbow Family meets in the mountains and prays, Russian Orthodox priest denounces soccer for being gay, archbishop misuses his position, angry SCOTUS women, number of Catholic schools declines across the country, and the Mormons issue a clarification about one of their sacred books.

July 4, 2014

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Clergy hand out condoms at Hobby Lobby after Supreme Court decision, Burger King and their Proud Whopper, law enforcement and religion, New Zealand forces church to change advertising, pew puncher punished, France’s burqa ban stands, and freedom of religion in America. 

June 27, 2014

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Mormon missionaries break the law by erecting a flagpole above SLC on federal land, Nigerian atheist committed for his non-belief, Buddhist-themed waterpark opens in Vietnam, new rule in New York City schools about unvaccinated children, pastor update, India attempts to clean up the Ganges, and more discussion of excommunication.

June 20, 2014

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Case of the bullet and the Bible found to be a hoax, Monster energy drink linked to the devil, pagan faces discrimination in small-town Arkansas, nuns sue their neighbors, humanist applicant to Navy chaplaincy denied post, Supreme Court refuses to hear case about high school graduation, and Theresa Caputo investigated for fraud.

June 13, 2014

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Cleveland gas station takes on the controversial issue, pope announces Nicea III, OK GOP candidate says some very not-OK stuff about gays, Southern Baptists take a stand on transgender issues, Turkish imam totally rocks, Sikhs finally get to use their swords, and LDS Church just can’t help themselves from not excommunicating voices of change.

June 6, 2014

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Catholic Priest wants British boy band banned from Philippines, Jesus Tattoo banned from advertising at Texas high school, Utah man sets up tax shelter church, South Africa has a Chief Justice worthy of Alabama, bodies of almost 800 children found in Irish home for unwed mothers, Murfreesboro mosque update, and sex and religion.

May 30, 2014

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Drive-thru prayers, a 4,300 year old dinosaur skeleton proves the Bible literalists correct, US House of Representatives declares cemetery desecration an international religious crime, a Southern Baptist seminary lets a nontraditional student in, an Indian court intervenes on a prominent guru’s deep state of meditation, Sioux City gets a lovely new park, and the Mormons and the Jews.

May 23, 2014

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Utah lawmaker calls for return of firing squad executions, Catholic school principal apologizes for Ellen DeGeneres’ photo on invitation, Christians need their own Pinterest, Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity, happy Iranians arrested for flaunting their joy online, Americans tell the truth about church attendance, and Old Earth vs. Young Earth Creationism.

May 16, 2014

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Pope Francis welcomes Martians into the fold, Mormon teens in New Jersey hold their own prom, conservative Bryan College loses 25% of faculty over Adam and Eve controversy, Alabama chief justice in the news again, a very special inmate finds Jesus in jail, South Carolina budget cuts, and the openly gay Michael Sam is drafted into the NFL.

May 9, 2014

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Hobby Lobby owner succeeds in getting bible curriculum into schools, “Days of 47” parade rejects float from Mormon LGBT advocacy group, Alabama chief justice claims 1st amendment only applied to Christians, Presidential candidate, Mississippi and school prayer, Catholic Cardinal scolds nuns, and the US Supreme Court hands down major decision regarding prayer at public meetings.

May 3, 2014

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Dan invites (a different) Rachel to co-pilot as they discuss the documentary “The honor diaries,” getting out of jury duty, embattled ex-Gov of Virginia’s new job, Mormons talking gay, another win for FFRF, and new laws in Brunei. Also, interviews with Camp Quest Executive Director Amanda Metskas and YouTuber Jaclyn Glenn.

April 25, 2014

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Our interview with Matt Dillahunty and from the news: British woman deported from Sri Lanka for sporting Buddha tattoo, “Birthright” expands “Jewish” definition on application for free 10-day tour of Israel, US Supreme Court to hear “born in Jerusalem” passport case, trouble in Texas, soon-to-be most Christian nation, and the new study coming from a discredited social scientist.

April 19, 2014

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Seth Andrews joins us for a nice chat at the American Atheists Convention, blood moon sets off apocalyptic chatter, Vatican set to scan precious manuscripts and place them online, LDS Church tries to shut down Mormon dating site claiming copyright infringement, the pope and footwashing, Freedom from Religion Foundation stuff, and the Salt Lake Tribune loses its “faith” section.

April 11, 2014

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Australia deams homeopathic remedies useless to human health, Captain Janeway duped into narrating geocentric “documentary” trailer, Brandeis University reneges on honorary degree for Ayaan Hirsi Ali, family sues polygamist town, Oklahoma birth control, spaghetti monsters around the world, LDS General Conference yields more “Ordain Women” news, and atheists organize mass resignation outside Temple Square.

April 4, 2014

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Mazoh shortage in Nepal just prior to Passover, Saudi Arabia labels atheists as terrorists, Pope Francis calls marriage between a man and a woman an “icon of God’s love,” Mississippians are finally free to practice their religion, South Carolina lawmakers fight over state fossil, World Vision tries offering benefits to same-sex couples, and Frank found his patriarchal blessing in his basement and now wants to talk about it.

March 28, 2014

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BYU’s serial groper, German customs intercepts package carrying cocaine bound for Vatican, Anne Graham Lotz compares world reaction to missing Malaysian airplane to post rapture confusion, theft of collection plate money at Joel Osteen’s megachurch, actress denied permission to convert to Judaism, publisher pulls book about Hinduism from shelves in India, and the new movie Noah.

March 21, 2014

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Louisiana man wants to make Bible the official state book, scientific proof of the Bible, photos of Mormon women leaders on display for the first time in the LDS Conference Center, Salvation Army forced to pay damages to former employees, Mark Driscoll apologizes, Muslim family kicked out of Empire State Building for praying, and Fred Phelps of “God Hates Fags” fame dies.

March 14, 2014

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Kentucky Baptists withhold $7 million from children’s home to force anti-gay policy, man rescued from submerged car credits God and then sues the very people who saved his life, OKC Fox affiliate runs news promo over Cosmos sequence that mentions evolution, new Israeli law requires military service from everyone, Utah Mormons are the most passive aggressive in the world (we have the numbers to prove it), Kentucky Baptists provide incentives to go to church, and our interview with American Atheists’ Dave Muscato.

March 7, 2014

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New Hollywood movie about Noah includes disclaimer from studio, Oklahoma doctor gives Jesus shots, Bob Jones University cancels study of sexual assault on campus, unrepentant gays are going to hell according to star witness in marriage equality case, Kenyan preacher spreads the good word about no panties, UK judge rules for baby to receive blood transfusion despite the objections from the Jehovah’s Witness parents, and Dan tells us all about his trip to India.

February 28, 2014

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Mackenzie joins Frank for a “clips” show. We’ve dug deep into the TGIA archives to find some of our favorite moments, including Newt and Callista Gingrich’s lent, national hats, belief in god helping you jam anything down your throat, Brigham Young as a nose breather, slippery slope, et al. We also tackle some news from the week: modest clothing designers meet for Christian Fashion Week, a Bible stops bullets from hitting a bus driver, the Alabama state legislature takes up the issue of prayer in public schools, and Mackenzie shares the results of a survey about Americans’ shifting attitudes about gay marriage and LGBT rights in general.

February 23, 2014

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Adam guest hosts with Frank: Denmark bans religious animal slaughter, Utah lawmaker claims atmosphere needs more carbon-dioxide, snake handling preacher dies from snake bite, movie about the rapture, fatwa issued warning Muslims about living on Mars, fired pharmacist sues Walgreens for religious discrimination, and a review of HBO’s “Questioning Darwin.”

February 14, 2014

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Camels don’t belong in book of Genesis, Shroud of Turin “science,” African Pentecostal church spreading in United States, North Carolina school rejects secular club application, Saudi paramedics prevented from providing lifesaving services to woman, nude church, and atheists meet up.

February 7, 2014

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BYU masturbation video, “jail nun” fired for organizing workers, former Mormon sues president of Mormon Church for fraud, members of a fundamentalist sect in Canada loses custody of kids, Bieber gets baptized, German Catholics share their opinions, and that whole Nye/Ham debate thing.

January 31, 2014

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Police in Rome take down the “Superpope,” the largest church in the world is also one of the least attended, the new documentary “Mitt” looks behind the scenes of our favorite Mormon candidate’s presidential campaign, the Pope’s doves face terrible end, pig faces censored, Noah’s ark before Noah’s ark, and can atheists be spiritual?

January 24, 2014

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Conservative protestants and their contagious divorces, “Tiger Mom” writes book about why Mormons and Jews are more socioeconomically successful, Louisiana parents sue school district, Indonesian President discusses a belief of his, conservative UK lawmaker gets kicked out of his party for saying something his American counterpart would have been praised for, a nun in Italy gives birth, and an example of how the Mormon Church exerts its control over the Utah State Legislature.

January 17, 2014

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God lets pediphile teacher off the hook, brain adaptation wards off depression, sports fans believe God has role in outcome, the UN questions the Vatican over sex abuse, South Carolina prayer in schools, Dennis Rodman apologizes to missionary held in North Korea, and what Mormons believe about marriage.

January 10, 2014

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Former member of Vatican’s Swiss Guard reports numerous unwanted sexual advances from clergy, five religious themed iPhone apps banned from app store, Sikh woman sues go-kart park for cutting her hair from motor, Christian pastor tries out atheism, school superintendent fired for (theater) performance, Obama is not the antichrist, and freedom of speech issues in France.

January 3, 2014

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Malaysia’s Islamic authorities confiscate Christian bibles for use of “Allah,” Pope Francis declared Esquire’s best dressed man of the 2013, Los Angeles County Supervisors want Christian cross back on government seal, five films that will make 2014 the year of the Bible, Israeli government changes policy about rabbis, a philanthropist dies, and the ethics of “pulling the plug.”

December 27, 2013

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Pope Francis frenzy, Muslims hate Santa, Chick-PHIL-A day to support anti-gay bigot Phil Robertson, gay marriage breaks records in Utah, BBC presents a list of things we didn’t know until 2013, Salt Lake City = Bible City 2013, and Chris Johnson joins us to talk about his new book, “A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God.”

December 21, 2013

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Federal judge gives thumbs-up to plural marriage, pope Francis is a boob man, researchers find cities on top of cities, Christmas by the numbers, churches LoJack the baby Jesus, born prognosticator Harold Camping did not see own death coming, and the LDS Church continues to acknowledge its own embarrassing history.

December 13, 2013

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Edmonton police force offers a hijab uniform, Scientology declared legitimate in UK, turns out Jesus has the biggest [blank], a veterans’ monument in San Diego declared unconstitutional, a Catholic group banned from an Irish college, a mother prays away home invasion, and the LDS Church revises its racist history.

December 7, 2013

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Mormon bishop tries to teach congregation a lesson by playing dress up, Hopi tribe attempts to stop sell of sacred tribal artifacts, caffeine delivery service for BYU campus, Kenyan pentecostals offer ‘cure’ for HIV/AIDS, satanic monument in OKC, Christian tithing counting as charitable giving, and why atheism is the next ‘gay marriage.’

November 28, 2013

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A federal judge rules that tax-free housing for clergy is unconstitutional, Mormon construction site in Philadelphia enforces no coffee or swearing rules, spread of European anti-semitism, bars next to churches, a group of Oklahoma pastors upset about a play, and Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2013

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Interview with Peter Boghossian author of ‘A Manual for Creating Atheists,’ 24 Muslims fired for taking 5-minute break to pray, snake handling pastor raided for violation of Tennessee wildlife laws, Menorah Tree offers fun new version of age-old tradition, new way to prevent abortion, Church of England approves ordination of female bishops, an extreme reaction to free hugs in Saudi Arabia, and a really bad impression of Harvey Fierstein that keeps coming back for more.

November 15, 2013

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Sarah Palin pens book about ‘War on Christmas,’ patriarchy proponent Doug Phillips resigns from ministry after extramarital relationship, motivational speaker at Texas high school criticized for gender stereotyping, creationist museum snubbed by museum organization, Vatican message to American bishops, an exorcism in Illinois, and the continued use of capital punishment in the United States.

November 8, 2013

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Venezuela starts the Christmas season early, a new book helps you convert people to atheism, Paula Abdul bat mitzvahs, praying school bus driver gets in trouble, ‘tearing’ into the Bible gets Texas student in suspended, student body president at a Christian university comes out as atheist, and the Salvation Army’s bell ringers might not be a good place for your money to go.

November 1, 2013

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The Martin Luther insult machine, Air Force Academy changes policy on official honor oath, Pope Francis causes tourism boom in Rome, “National Motto Display Act” tries to get “In God We Trust” displayed in all Pennsylvania public schools, the sexiest rabbi in the world, revisions of Mormon General Conference talks, and what motivates people to change their religion.

October 25, 2013

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Four Iranian Christians sentenced to 80 lashes for consumption of alcohol (during communion), ShivaConnect.com helps corridinate Jewish mourning rituals, Oprah infuriates nonbelievers with her incomprehension of atheist awe, Scientology in trouble with French government, Utah rejects joint tax filing for married same-sex couples, atheists in showdown with Christian-run soup kitchen, and spooky fun times with Frank and Dan.

October 19, 2013

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New Missouri law allows Christmas celebrations in public schools, Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” causes anxiety at Paramount, Mormons on Jeopardy, the Vatican withdraws papal medals due to spelling error, American Atheists denied billboards in SLC, an update on Ohio middle school’s portrait of Jesus, and Frank and Dan visit Joel Osteen’s Night of Hope.

October 11, 2013

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Mainline Protestants need a new name, online communion, two rabbis arrested for Jewish divorce shakedown, elicit sales on BYU campus, prayerful police, Hajj concerns, and a celebration of our 100th episode.

October 5, 2013

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Pastor Rick Joyner calls for military takeover of US to save democracy, Hobby Lobby’s lack of Hanukkah decorations, atheist Sunday assembly, a not-so-good way to handle JW’s, science standards in Kansas schools, and Mormon General Conference.

September 27, 2013

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Abercrombie and Fitch approve change to ‘look policy,’ Nashville area school changes rules on field trips, Mississippi judge reveals prejudice to a sikh man, Pope Francis, Saudi Arabia defends horrific punishment of innocent woman, Billy Graham’s grandson, and THE BIBLE!

September 22, 2013

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Kosher smart phones, LDS Church joins gay marriage fight in Hawaii, Muslim woman must remove veil for court, Scottish man throws bacon in a Mosque and gets 10 months in jail, Dresden churches offer “sexy church,” transgender theology professor, and the pope.

September 13, 2013

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Observant Jewish drug dealers observe the sabbath, Pastor Terry Jones tries to burn 2998 Qurans in remembrance of 9/11 victims, Quebec attempts to ban ‘overt’ religious symbols, a highly questionable ‘cure’ for homosexuality lands a man in prison, an Ohio Amish couple denies child chemotherapy for leukemia, and parastriskaidekaphobia rears its ugly head.

September 6, 2013

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Iranian president wishes Jews a happy new year, LDS church releases new unvarnished volume of the ‘Joseph Smith Papers,’ Mormon owned TV station moves “Days of Our Lives” to the middle of the night, new Christian ‘dating’ site, a case of Texas measles, UK’s Girl Guide’s new promise, and Dan tells all on Burning Man.

August 31, 2013

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Catholic Bishop in Honolulu takes a stand against marriage equality, American Atheists win license plate battle, IRS to treat same-sex couples equally for tax purposes, Syria and the second coming of Jesus Christ, Christian church destroyed in North India, and abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

August 23, 2013

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Kathy Lee Gifford wants to be a rabbi, “dot” BIBLE domain, Ratzinger: “God told me to” step down, black magic outlawed in Indian state, surprise for Louisiana lawmaker, “missionary” criminals, and the sad, sad story of Iosepa, Utah.

August 17, 2013

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Brains of dying mice reveal details about near death experiences, PBS set to air series on Islam’s Muhammad, unable to focus on sermons church goers turn to e-devices, court orders child’s name changed, archbishop rejects persecution, Switzerland changes national anthem, and family lost at sea doesn’t find God.

August 10, 2013

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Mystery priest probably an angel according to local media, pastor prosecuted for reading bible out loud at DMV, Greek orthodox services suspended in SLC, Obama administration likes prayer, elderly nun jailed, and the ethics of force feeding prisoners.

August 2, 2013

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Some US conservatives laud Russia’s anti-gay laws, Alabama football coach fired for going to wrong church, Tennessee mosque in the news again, Kenyan lawyer on quest to overturn Pilate’s ruling against Jesus, ex-gays rally at Supreme Court, UK ‘dinner lady’ fired, and what kind of atheist are you?

July 26, 2013

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Comic-Con and street preachers, the Church of England and payday lenders, the GOP and welcoming diversity, Schindler’s List: The Original, godless church, and Buddhism vs. Islam.

July 20, 2013

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Adam sits in for Dan, America’s most saintly city, Ohio statehouse holocaust memorial, Satanists perform “Pink Mass” on Fred Phelps’ mother’s grave, religion and Wikipedia: the edit wars, how faith can affect therapy, America’s most sinful city, and Adam talks about his time as a Taoist.

July 12, 2013

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The New York Times questions whether Muslims are ready for democracy, the White House lets faith groups opt out of Obamacare contraception requirement, Mormon membership numbers screwy, female bishops now allowed in the Church of England, backlash against a moderate pastor, Satanist infighting, and “What Jehovah’s Witness Believe!”

July 5, 2013

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Home schooling humanists, Muslim prisoners ask to be allowed to starve to death for Ramadan, San Diego judge OKs yoga in classroom, Montana court rules in favor of Jesus statue, Obama administration refuses to classify Westboro Baptists a hate group, a very clever PR effort for Superman backfires, and happy 4th!

June 28, 2013

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Same-sex marriage, Christians happier than atheists, Brandeis gets an apology, gay member of the Pennsylvania house, anti-Muslim bullets, domestic discipline, and a conversation with Noah from the Scathing Atheist.

June 21, 2013

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Crucifixion images no longer command auction prices, conservative moms slam Kraft over “zesty guy” ad campaign, atheist woman being denied citizenship because her morality doesn’t come from religion, pagan Oklahoma license plates, religious leaders arrested, masturbating fetuses, and the vast number of Mormon denominations you’ve never heard of.

June 14, 2013

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A meeting on tolerance turns into shouting match, Pope Francis admits that a gay lobby exists within the Vatican Curia, Mending Vatican ties with Islam, Science curriculum in Kansas schools, Mike Huckabee tweets that churches should give up tax exemption, “possessed” parent beats child to death.

June 7, 2013

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A wedding cake for dogs not gays, Utah Boy Scouts defy orders and wear their uniforms in Pride Parade, Arizona lawmaker does humanist prayer, Miss World beauty pageant, Amish romance novels, and a monument to atheism misses the point.

May 31, 2013

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Utah gay rights group protests naming of family center after Boyd K. Packer, Mormon owned DI cuts workers hours ahead of Obamacare, American Atheists settle case against six-ton Ten Commandments, vaccinations, and El Salvador has a very serious prohibition against abortion.

May 24, 2013

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According to Pope Francis atheists are saved by Christ’s blood too, the Sistine Chapel has become haven for pickpockets, Westboro Baptist Church blames Oklahoma City tornadoes on supporters of Jason Collins, autistic kids and atheism, Pope Francis names new saints, Virginia lt. gov. nominee not sorry for hate speech, and more news from the road including a Church Review.

May 17, 2013

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Saudi Arabia punishes men over Christian convert, Mahony continues public life after rebuke, Georgia places Bibles in public cabins, the end is near, and Frank and Dan have been on the road for almost a week: Giant Cross, Branch Davidians, and Houston Atheists.

May 10, 2013

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Interview with noted physicist Lawrence Krauss, psychic’s predictions proven wrong, cheerleaders in Texas win ‘Bible Banner’ lawsuit, Methodist minister caught in faith’s split over same-sex marriage, Mormon offshoot ‘Community of Christ’ accepts homosexuals into clergy, Cardinal Dolan says ‘wash your hands,’ and “Sorry, kids. Graduation’s canceled.”

May 3, 2013

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Britons trust Google as much as “the church” (meaning not very much), US Muslims more moderate than Muslims worldwide, atheist’s hold “National Day of Reason”, blasphemers punished in Malta, women praying at the wailing wall, atheist pamphlets in Florida school, and this week in gayness.

April 26, 2013

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Atheist bloggers imprisoned in Bangladesh, Mark Driscoll criticizes “nagging wives” during sermon, prominent “ex-gay” denounces years denouncing gay community, US Christians rally around homeschooling family facing deportation, praying couple allows another child to die from lack of medical care, Chilean baby killed for being antichrist, and is Islam any more to blame for violence than other world religions (namely Christianity)?

April 20, 2013

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Pope Francis redirects employees’ bonuses to charity, pastors claim city’s annual registration fee is really a tax, McDonalds sells non-halal chicken McNuggets and gets sued, high school senior takes on her principal, a fake rabbi helps a real one, Post Christians, and dealing with grief as an atheist.

April 13, 2013

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Frequent texters tend to be shallow according to study, Vatican IP address connected to illegal downloads, Peter Higgs: “Stop calling Higgs Boson the God particle,” atheist organizations vow for online civility; Catholic Bishop in Michigan says supporters of gay marriage shouldn’t take communion; Seventh Day Adventists unhappy to have been around long enough for a sesquicentennial; and the Mormons—yawn—hold General Conference.

April 5, 2013

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Classroom activity causes trouble for professor at Florida Atlantic University, Mormon women don’t want the priesthood (even though half of Mormon men would be willing to give it to them), Utah polygamists ask local government to alter zoning to allow for new retirement community, the US and the second coming, North Carolina tries to pass official state religion, American attitudes about the Bible defy reality, and Frank and Dan announce plans for their upcoming Bible Belt road trip.

March 30, 2013

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Bhutan seeks to curb STI’s in monk population, Pope Francis’ new digs, women told to know their place, creationists want to bet with you, German shoe company discovers why their shipments haven’t arrived in the US, a helpful new app to be excommunicated from the Catholic church, and Mother Teresa was a bad person.

March 22, 2013

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Paige pays us a visit, pride-flag-painted ‘Equality House’ set up across from Westboro Baptist Church, Mormon General Conference set to make history, Jews trek to the Mojave Desert for a visceral Passover, Mormon businessman attempts tax dodge citing tithing, religion in prison, and there’s a new Archbishop of Canterbury.

March 15, 2013

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Sarah Palin writes a book about Christmas, a gay bath house in building owned by Vatican, Americans see gay marriage as inevitable, Ahmadinejad and the hug, atheists are compassionate, atheists banned from Kansas City St. Patrick’s day parade, and habemus papam!

March 8, 2013

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Chavez will return with Jesus, Cardinal O’Brien resigns, Iowan legislator attempts to end no fault divorce, priest burns photo of Benedict during mass, anti-bigot bigotry, Mr. Mahony goes to Rome, and the Mormons edit their scriptures.

March 1, 2013

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Anti-Catholicism on BuzzFeed, Scott Lively announces Obama’s homosexuality, Roma Downey brings “The Bible” to TV, guru suggests way to fend off rapists, NYC goes after Orthodox Jews for dress codes, the douchebag Mahony goes to Rome (and keeps blogging), and Frank and Dan fail to make any sense during the second half of the show. 

February 22, 2013

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Mormons and space, Twitter tracks lent, parents sue under separation of church and state to stop the teaching of yoga in public schools, legislator attempts to change definitions of scientific terms, Bill O’Reilly writes another book, the pope dominates international religion news, and Sarah Silverman’s sister arrested at Wailing Wall. 

February 15, 2013

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“Downton Abbey” and the question of god, Cardinal Roger Mahony feels like Jesus is humiliating him for a purpose, a public school refuses to take down picture of Jesus, US House of Representatives votes to extend disaster relief to religious groups, transgender priest, and we take your calls and emails.

February 8, 2013

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Our interview with the president of American Atheists, David Silverman; ‘ex-gay’ activist found using gay dating app; woman burned for sorcery; Christian quits job for being given 666 as his employee number; Catholics object to the name of a flavor; Brazilian pastor provides unique path to the ‘spirit’; and your kosher hot dog may not be that kosher.

February 1, 2013

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Dan and Frank continue their look into Scientology, the Catholic Church acknowledges they’re out of touch, Jesus in Japan, Texas “schools” teach the Bible, money to fight DOMA comes from an unexpected place, and a gay dog finds a new home.

January 25, 2013

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Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set; LDS woman respond to church pants, “meh”; list of Bible-minded cities; Catholic hospital says, “that fetus wasn’t alive!” in wrongful death case; France requires Twitter to identify racist posters; and Dan and Frank start their discussion of Scientology.

January 18, 2013

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Flight attendant wins right to wear crucifix at work, Scientology is falling apart, new statistics on Roe v. Wade support, the fight against the Sundance Film Festival, a priest breaks bad, a new dating website for gay Mormons, and psychic readings for Mormons in the form of “Patriarchal Blessings.”

January 11, 2013

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Editor and Chief of Gallup Poll says God is alive and well, megachurch tries to dodge rape charge, RFID chips = mark of the beast, Jesus wasn’t as clean as Christians like to think, and our interview with Mike Norton—the man with the secret camera in the LDS temple.

January 4, 2013

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Vatican credit card machines cut off by Italy’s central bank, supposed Muslim bias turns out to be a very real Christian bias (oops), Catholic school teachers get a crazy suggestion to offset their low pay, Superman is a Jew, and Dan and Frank ask themselves if they actually might be a couple of “angry” ex-Mormons.

December 31, 2012

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‘Tis the season for Humanlight, a new secular holiday; the Pope doesn’t like gays; an exorcism hotline in Italy; “stroking” horses as a “cure” for homosexuality, and the Mormon temple ceremony hits the web.

December 21, 2012

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Mike Huckabee opens his mouth and says awful things about the Newtown shooting, churches use gun classes as outreach, a good Atheist billboard, a bad Atheist billboard, a woman says God made her drive over the speed limit, the New Orleans school district wins for reason, and American Atheist president David Silverman hurts the Atheist cause once again on national television. 

December 14, 2012

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Gay Orthodox Jews, Mormons launch gay website, Atheist blogger jailed in Egypt, network and the “half” in Two and a Half Men squabble, and Mormon feminists plan “Wear Pants to Church Day.”

December 8, 2012

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A very large water bill gets settled in the Middle East, another cure for homosexuality discovered, man pretends to be gay (for a year!), and talk of secession and its religious overtones.

November 30, 2012

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Ratzinger declares war on Christmas, Mormon Dems fast for nation, Michigan needlessly tries to outlaw Sharia law, the “Muslim 500,” Church of England rejects women, and Dan and Frank design their ideal religions.  

November 26, 2012

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Anti-gay, Christian, child ographer; lying textbooks; a really bad statue of the pope; a woman in Ireland dies when denied an abortion; and public displays of Christmas.

November 18, 2012

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Mayans say no to the capitalization of their calendar, being Atheist a plus on OKCupid, Atheists sue IRS for failure to monitor church policking, and Dan and Frank discuss the Ten Commandments—basically… they suck.

November 11, 2012

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Drive-thru church, post-election layoffs, the Egyptian pope prefers secularism, and TGIA’s very own “clip show.”

November 4, 2012

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Utah gets a new license plate, Sistine Chapel turns 500, church-going teens attend college at higher rate than those who don’t, Catholic bishop orders priests to read anti-Obama letter over the pulpit, and a look at the role religious affiliation might play in the election. 

October 28, 2012

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Muslims perform animal sacrifice in Salt Lake City (and everywhere else, apparently), the Mormons plan an attraction in Rome, women arrested for praying at the temple wall in Jerusalem, Boy Scout’s perversion files don’t include enough Mormons (statistically speaking), and the Book of Mormon doesn’t stand up to archeological scrutiny.

October 22, 2012

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Newsweek breaks journalistic ground, space aliens beat out god in poll, Muslims celebrate pork-free vaccination, cheerleaders bring god into it, and get your “tebowing” in now before you have to pay a royalty.

October 14, 2012

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Mormons fasting for Romney apparently working; Tim Tebow takes a knee for the mark of the beast; if you find out your dentist is Amish, RUN; Mormon God changes mind about missionary building in Provo; and watch out, the Catholics might be coming to your door!

October 7, 2012

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LDS General Conference is in full swing: Mormon missionaries are now even YOUNGER and (surprise, surprise) Mormon leadership takes a stand against homosexuality (this time swinging for same sex parents), Oklahoma Christians pray against a new casino, and according to the Vatican the butler did it.

September 30, 2012

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God punishes the Pope for hating on gays, the Boy Scouts of America takes a page from churches the world over and cover up hundreds of molestations, and Mormons “fast and pray” for Romney. Dave fills in for Frank, and we play a delightful interview with noted atheist blogger Greta Christina.

September 23, 2012

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Dan and Frank interview Dr. Darrel Ray about his dirty book, Iranian woman kicks some butt, Mitt Romney denies his faith, Mormons as hoarders, Spanish painting-ruiner demands her due, U.S. pastors dare the IRS to shut them down, and everybody is a little less tolerant of everybody else.

September 16, 2012

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Dan defends homosexuality as deviant, Muslims go crazy about portrayal of Muhammad… (once again), Catholics say no to gay marriage in real estate deal, frequent Bible reading makes people more aware of social justice (???), and Frank and Dan go to the temple.

September 9, 2012

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Cardinal Dolan prays at the DNC, Dems cave on god, anti-Muslim activists outraged over the truth, Bill Nye, and what the hell is Atheism Plus?

September 3, 2012

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Dan goes to Burning Man, Arizona redefines conception, Mormons can now drink Coke and Pepsi, and an Indiana man pays the price for flipping off Mormon missionaries.

August 26, 2012

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NBC affiliate in Salt Lake refuses to run gay themed show, Christians hike for toads, Mormon men are just as religious as Mormon women, Louisiana school vouchers, and being an out Atheist doesn’t mean you have to be test out the blasphemy laws of so called Muslim countries. 

August 20, 2012

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Two hate groups claim they’re not hate groups (and try to get the court to agree with them), Orthodox Jews get some blurry glasses, Mormon women get all uppity and somehow DON’T ask for equality in church, Satan takes over a school cafeteria, and Frank attends a taping of a new program for Showtime. 

August 12, 2012

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What Mormons Believe: D&C 132 “Celestial Marriage,” Murfreesboro Mosque gets built and opens, the LDS penis biter hits the news, Obama hosts a Ramadan dinner at White House, Missouri passes “right to prayer” amendment, and an idiot douchebag talk radio personality calls for “underground railroad” to kidnap children of gays and lesbians. 

August 5, 2012

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Mr. Romney goes to Israel, Eagle Scouts resign in support of gay rights, Putin “generously” calls for light punishment of his critics, racist church in Mississippi refuses to marry black couple, and WHAT MORMONS BELIEVE: Jesus in America. 

July 29, 2012

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Dan attends a Mormon funeral, Chick-Fil-A, an Air Force chaplain leaves Southern Baptists over gay marriage, a recent poll shows that Americans don’t relate to Romney’s faith, and more stupid explanations for why James Holmes opened fire in Aurora. 

July 22, 2012

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Christians form an alternative to health insurance, the debate over circumcision continues in Germany, a douchebag in Texas responds to the shootings in Aurora, the LDS Church reports numbers out of touch with reality (once again), and Dan and Frank respond to emails. 

July 15, 2012

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Mormon Inc hits the cover of Business Week, pastors’ health suffers while tending to flock, Mormons urged to follow the prophet and support distasteful development, more high school Atheist clubs, and how do Muslim athletes observe Ramadan during the Olympics?

July 8, 2012

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Dan’s back and has news from Europe, Mongolians re-enact 19th Century Mormon exodus across the US plains, critical thinkers lose faith, and the Virgin Mary helps some Bosnians rip off pilgrims. 

July 1, 2012

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Rachel sits in for Dan, a miracle saves a home from wildfire, Mormons excited about Romney but leery of national attention, Obamacare as a Christian value, a group of ex-Mormons resign en masse and go for a hike, German court calls for the end to infant circumcision, and fireworks are lame. 

June 18, 2012

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Adam’s back and he’s got a case of the dizzies, Evangelicals strangely silent on Romney’s Mormonism, social-entreprenuer claims success is a miracle, ministers turn Atheist, a kid gets in trouble for a picture of Jesus, and we do a very quick movie review of the oldie-but-goodie documentary, “Hell House.”

June 13, 2012

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The Vatican continues to harass American nuns, President Obama gets lynched in effigy, soon we’ll all be Atheists, the KKK tries to adopt a highway, and a homosexual man comes out as married to a woman. 

June 3, 2012

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The CDC wieghs in on the zombie issue, book banning in Pennsylvania, Atheists do good for different reasons than religious people, and in this installment of What Mormons Believe we look at Mormons and homosexuality.

May 28, 2012

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Alain de Botton calls for a new kind of ; Obama hires a faith outreach advisor; double suicide goes wrong, survivor charged with murder; origin of homemade soda machines improperly labeled; Mormons cover up immodest angels; and Dan asks for an interview and gets one with the Bishop of London.

May 21, 2012

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Adam sits in for Dan (and we never get to the Taoist discussion, BTW), dirty dancing gets cleaned up, turns out Jesus doesn’t approve of gay marriage, SLC shocks America as the most religious city in the country, and Frank and Adam discuss having a day of rest.

May 13, 2012

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Kansas finds a clever way to ban sharia law, thinking of god increases self-control, Fox News spins Obama’s support of gay marriage, and Dan does a church review from merry old England.

May 6, 2012

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Mormons promote membership numbers that don’t jive with reality, “Angry Queers” damage church, Millennials shun belief, curing gayness with violence, and can’t we all just stop overusing the word “Nazi?” 

April 29, 2012

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What Mormons Believe: Polygamy. Joe the plumber writes a letter, voters no longer swayed by gay marriage, a war rages on twitter, and Romney runs from his Mormon ancestors.

April 22, 2012

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Mormons tear down their own history, Arizona OK’s teaching the Bible in public schools, Vatican cracks down on US nuns, and advice both good and bad flows to and from the TGIA studio.

April 15, 2012

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Glenn Beck declares us all evil, Britain’s Christians are under attack, the US Army wants YOU… to be spiritual, Frank gets racist and Dan gets “comforted” by some Jay-Dubs.

April 8, 2012

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Russian watch miracle, Mormons and Gentiles, kosher pot cookies, praying for God to hurt people not illegal, existance of Jesus, and the Mormon affinity for Jews. 

April 1, 2012

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Frank and Dan emplain LDS Temple Garments (Mormon underwear), progressive Muslims launch women-led mosques, Mormon bloggers get hateful about gays on BYU campus, Britain considers legalizing gay marriage, Jimmy Carter does something amazing, and Dan plays a guessing game.

March 25, 2012

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Mohammed (peace be upon him) tells everybody how to poo in a special “what Muslims believe” segment, the reason rally raises ire even in Dan and Frank, Episcopal roguery, an atheist temple is proposed, and Alaskans try to protect the rights of the fathers of aborted babies.

March 18, 2012

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Red Bull drops Jesus ad, offensive Atheist billboard gets pulled down in Pennsylvania, exorcists attack abortion clinic, and “What Mormons Believe” recounts the first storyline in the Book of Mormon.

March 15, 2012

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More of these goddam Atheist billboards, another “What Mormons Believe,” Gingrich chimes in about “anti-Christian” programming on ABC, and the Vatican gets tagged as a “money laundering concern.”

March 8, 2012

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Baptisms for the dead, Helen Radkey loses access to LDS geneological records, Miley Cyrus makes sense, teen exorcists, history of Mormon racism, and we take another call.

February 29, 2012

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Guest host Adam fills in for Dan, all dead Mormons are now gay, Amish buggies get new reflective tape, seven reasons Obama isn’t Christian, and Dan leaves us a little gift before leaving town. 

February 23, 2012

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Candidates observe Ash Wednesday, Anne Frank becomes a Mormon, Poe’s law strikes again, Santorum defends comments about Satan, “activist” judges side with religious pharmacists, and black atheists recognized for role in civil rights movement. 

February 19, 2012

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Please help us out and vote for us in City Weekly’s Best of Utah awards. Listen to this “episode” for instuctions on how to help, and for a little fun as well. NEW LISTENERS: NOT OUR NORMAL FORMAT.

February 16, 2012

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2012 = Year of the Bible, Westboro Baptist Church inadvertantly helps raise money for HRC, God doesn’t want teachers paid more, Obama claims the Bible is on his side, and another installement of “What Mormons Believe.”

February 2, 2012

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De-baptism, ministerial exception, a homophobic state senator gets kicked out of a Tennessee restaurant, local transit agency denies atheists advertising space on city busses, and our second installent of “What Mormons Believe.”

January 26, 2012

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Church review! Christian conspiracies, Indonesian atheist arrested, Jay Leno sued for bad joke, Catholics take Newt and Santorum to task, and Warren Jeffs calls the nation to repent.

January 19, 2012

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Installment 1 of “What Mormons Believe”: the war in heaven, mark of Cain, and Satan vies for the role of Jesus. Also: Romney = kind of a jerk toward women, school prayer banner ordered taken down, and Christians as a religious minority in the US.

January 12, 2012

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The Pope says gay marriage is a threat to future of humanity, lawmakers in Indiana want schools to be able to require recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, Warren Jeffs wants you to know how your hometown will be destroyed, and Mary appears to a bunch of Mary’s. 

January 5, 2012

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A Romney presidency, the Iowa caucus, Catholics up in arms over gay adoptions, woman pulled over for wearing a burka, our prayer for Pat Robertson, and we take another call.

December 28, 2011

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Another church review, priests brawl in Bethlehem, we take another caller, and a sock wrinkles to form Christ’s visage.

December 23, 2011

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Capitol xmas tree celebrates Obama, xmas with the family, Vatican recognizes a miracle, Hitchens passes, and our very first voice mail message.

December 14, 2011

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Atheist xmas displays, Pope etiquette for ladies, “Cross on the Moon,” and who’s more likely to have scratched your car? An atheist or a [really, really bad person]?

December 8, 2011

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Anti-athiest bias, Rick Perry’s new ad, a Pennsylvanian creche meets an anti-gods banner, and our very first church review!

December 1, 2011

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Yoga as a satanic activity and the priest who stares down Satan daily as the chief exorcist of the Vatican City. Siri, Apple’s killer app, knows where to score some weed, but is mute on abortions. Grieving as an atheist. And the movie of the week: The Muppets.

November 24, 2011

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Thanksgiving brings talk about bad chicken sandwiches, Mitt Romney, the religious lobby, hate crimes, and a really bad movie: J. Edgar.

November 15, 2011

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Two former Mormons in Salt Lake discuss current events from an Atheist perspective. Covered in our inaugural episode: contraception for wildlife, prayers for President Obama, moderate Muslim polygamy in Libya, national hats, and the film “Anonymous.”