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Freethought in Florida

Atheist Community of Polk County

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Freethought in Florida is a production of the Atheist Community of Polk County, Inc. (ACPC) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The opinions and views expressed on this program are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily represent the ACPC. Learn more or donate at http://www.polkatheists.org
 
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I interview award-winning popular science writer Mary Roach about her new book Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law. It's a humorous look at the serious topic of human-animal conflict in an age of exploding population and global warming. Buy your very own copy of Fuzz. For more about Mary and her work visit MaryRoach.net. This was Mary's third appearan…
 
Topics discussed on the show: Florida's "on again / off again" relationship with Mask Mandate Bans Biden's Patience Is Wearing Thin (Ours is Worn Out) Federal Court Rules Catholic Schools Can’t Fire Teachers For Being Gay Four Killed in Polk County 'Shooting Rampage'; Shooter Said, "I Can Talk To God" Wisconsin School Board Member Says Families Wil…
 
I interview Harvard Professor Jennifer Hochschild about her new book Genomic Politics: How the Revolution in Genomic Science Is Shaping American Society. To buy a copy of Genomic Politics, click here. Plus: America is finally out of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the chaotic end to US withdrawal will be an ongoing political controversy; and, of course…
 
Sarah & Devon are TIRED of talking about this, but here we are again. Get vaccinated and wear a mask, y'all. Articles discussed on the show: DeSantis appoints former GOP chair to Alachua school board amid mask controversy BREAKING: Viral photo of people on floor at Jacksonville Regeneron clinic ‘doesn’t convey how much pain they were in’ BREAKING: …
 
I interview Dr. Obery M. Hendricks, Jr. about his new book Christians Against Christianity, a scathing rebuke from a progressive Christian perspective against how (white) conservative Christians pursue political power while ignoring the central teachings of Jesus regarding love, mercy, tolerance, and justice. Plus: It looks like America is getting …
 
Florida's a hot mess hotspot and it's time for you to get a Biology 101 refresher. In the News: FL has more new COVID-19 cases and deaths than any state or territory in the USA Polk County School Closed due to outbreak before kids even came back Ron DeSantis’ mask-optional order draws lawsuit from parents of students with disabilities Dr. Devon Gra…
 
I interview Representative Jared Huffman (Democrat representing California's 2nd District), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus. We talk about the origins, purpose, and recent activity of the Freethought Caucus; about perennial issues (like the national motto, the Pledge of Allegiance, legislative prayer, etc.) of concer…
 
Tonight on the show that wasn't meant to be... Leave Simone Biles Alone! Justice Department Nominee Asked: Do You Believe in God? Christian Summer Camps Were COVID Superspreaders DELTA is worse, follow the CDC, take it seriously! Gov DeSantis EO Forbidding School Mask Mandates (Parental Bill of Rights Strikes Again) Join us at www.patreon.com/polka…
 
I interview John V. Petrocelli, Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University, about his new book The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit. What exactly is bullshit, and how does it differ from a lie? Why do people bullshit? And how can we become better at identifying and countering bullshit? These are all important questions given our c…
 
This week in the news... CW: Discussion of sexual assault. Liberty University sued by 12 women claiming school policies made sexual assault and rape more likely Florida church youth pastor arrested third time for video voyeurism Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill resigns after sexual misconduct allegations Black Georgia couple refused vaccine because of Tus…
 
In The News Communist Cuban Regime a ‘Satanic Nightmare’? Project Blitz burrows even deeper, adding new initiatives for Christian Dominionism Family Research Council: Attacks on Trans Youth Health Care Are 2022 Election Strategy Some Christians are against Christian Nationalism, too. Southern Baptists come home from annual gathering with COVID-19 C…
 
I interview Muhammad Syed, President of Ex-Muslims of North America. We discuss the critical mission of his organization, as well as their new Apostate Report, which analyzes the demographics of Muslims who live in the United States and Canada who leave the faith, and breaks down the reasons their decision and the challenges they face as a result. …
 
Nicole Carr, Development Director for the American Humanist Association, joins us to talk about the upcoming AHA Annual Conference July 24-25. Learn more and register at http://conference.americanhumanist.org In The News Satanists to take over Bladensburg Cross Atheists, humanists sue over Mississippi's license plates American Atheists Wins New Vic…
 
FIF hosts take on the news. Condo collapse in Surfside, Florida Derek Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years Demon Buster Kim Daniels Returns to Run for Jacksonville City Council DeSantis Signs "Moment of Prayer... er Silence" Bill into Law DeSantis Signs Law Requiring College Faculty and Students to be Surveyed on Beliefs Parkland Parents p0wn Gun Rights…
 
I interview skeptical investigator, author, and podcaster Benjamin Radford. Our wide-ranging conversation covers various topics, including the Pentagon's pending release of a report on UFOs [latebreaking info: the nine-page report, titled "Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" was released on June 25, 2021 by the Director of Nation…
 
Critical Race Theory. Everyone's talking about it, and Florida has recently joined the wave of states falling prey to a movement to silence schools from teaching about systemic racism. Meanwhile, Congress and President Biden declare Juneteenth a federal holiday. More like "hollow"day? It's tea time with special guest Polk County Florida Educator Sh…
 
The FIF Cast chats about recent news! + More trans people have been murdered in 2021 than all of 2019 + Burger King throws down against Bigot Chicken + Student says "Under Allah" in Pledge of Allegiance @ Graduation + FFRF Challenges Haines City High School to ditch sports chaplain ... and more! --- Freethought in Florida is a production of the Ath…
 
I interview Daniel A. Sjursen, retired combat veteran and former West Point history instructor, about his new book A True History of the United States, which tackles head-on the dark aspects of America's past: racism, genocide, conquest, and capitalist hegemony. For more about Danny and his work visit SkepticalVet.com. To buy a copy of his book cli…
 
I interview historian Philip Jenkins about his new book Climate, Catastrophe, and Faith: How Changes in Climate Drive Religious Upheaval, in which he rewrites the familiar approaches to the history of religion, argues that climate is the missing dimension in religious history, and offers a timely discussion of future trends in religion during an er…
 
Shanon Nebo from Recovering from Religion joins to chat about the upcoming RfR Fall Excursion which is now open for registration! Then we chat about some things in the news: 🏛 SCOTUS to take up abortion restrictions again 🪑 Atheist orgs invited back to White House meeting ⛪️ Younger Christians are turning away from Death Penalty 🏳️‍⚧️ Anti-trans le…
 
This Week on Freethought in Florida... #GaetzGate Update - Joel Greenberg to change plea to guilty Floridians go crazy buying gas in the wake of pipeline hacking Elderly man dead after dispute at Dunkin' Pope Dawkins steps in it again Secular Week of Action Wrap-up Secular Student Alliance Conference kicks off this weekend http://www.secularstudent…
 
I interview Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director of the American Humanist Association and author of Justice-Centered Humanism: How (and Why) to Engage in Public Policy for Good. We talk about how Humanists can expand their concerns from separation of church and state to current issues like race, class, gender, and sexuality; his impending retirement …
 
Leonard Presberg, Founder and President of Association of Secular Elected Officials Leonard has been a member of the Fayette County School Board since December 2011 and created a new organization to help other secular folks get elected and serve in their offices while being more authentic. Learn more at SecularOfficials.org David Williamson, co-fou…
 
Eddie from North Orlando Oasis joined us to talk about his journey from pastor to atheist and secular organizing. Then we chat about the end of the Florida legislative session and things in the news (GaetzGate, Duggars, etc). Give it a watch and check them out on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/NorthOrlandoOasis…
 
I interview German astrophysicist Dr. Heino Falcke, who led the international team of scientists and technicians that created the first image of a black hole. Heino's new book is Light in the Darkness: Black Holes, the Universe, and Us. For more about Heino and his work visit HeinoFalcke.org. To buy a copy of his book click here. Theme music courte…
 
I interview Princeton's Dr. Michael Gordin about his new book On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience, an exploration of the "demarcation problem"; i.e., how to separate science from non-science. For more about Michael and his work visit MichaelGordin.com. To buy a copy of his book click here. (At the top of the show, a clip from Irish com…
 
Tensions erupt again across the US with the police killing of Daunte Wright only miles away from the ongoing trial in the police killing of George Floyd. We're in the back nine of the Florida legislative session and all the awful bills are being passed. The Florida Department of Education is considering new standards in Civics & Government that sne…
 
Sarah & Allie discuss news of the week(ish). From a serious toxic leak in Tampa Bay to the Chauvin trial in the murder of George Floyd, we connect the dots and probably make you angry. That's OK, we're angry, too. Winding down the Parents Bill of Rights and Moment of Silence Bills Reservoir leak in Manatee County Chauvin Trial FL HB1: The Anti-Prot…
 
I interview journalist (and senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity) Mustafa Akyol, author of Reopening Muslim Minds, in which he outlines how the Islamic world lost its way, and how it can move toward progress and modernity by leveraging traditions from its own past. For more about Mustafa and his work visit …
 
I interview scientist and science advocate Dr. David Robert Grimes about his new book Good Thinking: Why Flawed Logic Puts Us All at Risk and How Critical Thinking Can Save the World. For more about David and his work visit DavidRobertGrimes.com. To buy a copy of the book for yourself click here. Plus: The 21-year-old man who murdered eight people …
 
Monica Miller, Legal Director and Senior Counsel with American Humanist Association joins to discuss a recent SCOTUS case that brought AHA together with Alliance Defending Freedom over issues of campus free speech and religious expression. We'll also talk about other cases and legislation in Florida and beyond. American Humanist Association Religio…
 
JR Becker, Best Selling Author of the Annabelle & Aiden series of children's books joins us for a chat about writing science & skepticism books for kids and kick off his next book, "Oh My Gods! A History of Belief" - A stunning children's book on the history of our beliefs and gods, and what they say about us. Kickstart the new book! OhMyGodsTheBoo…
 
I interview Emily Joy Allison, author of #ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing, in which she shares her deeply personal story and offers a way forward for survivors of church-based indoctrination and mistreatment. To buy a copy of this book click here. For more about Emily and her work visit EmilyJoyPoetry.com. Plus: …
 
Juror 13: She's not guilty! The "Holy Spirit" told me. Florida Spring water bottling to expand after permit approval Moment of Silence Bill Advances; Fox 35 Orlando Coverage Sen. Dennis Baxley bill would mandate moment of silence in Florida schools Georgia Bill Would Replace Moment of Silence with Specific Christian Prayer in Public Schools ACPC Di…
 
I interview Ian Rosenberg, media lawyer, legal counsel for ABC News, and author of The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases that Define Our First Amendment Freedoms. For more about Ian and his book visit thefightforfreespeech.com. Plus: Donald Trump survived his second impeachment, and now the Republican Party continues the project of ejecting anyone w…
 
Dale McGowan joins Sarah Ray and Devon Graham for a conversation about secular parenting in a still highly-religious world. We talk about parenting during difficult world events and take viewer questions. Dale's Links Dale's Website: https://dalemcgowan.com/ How Music Does That Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/how-music-does-that Raising Free…
 
Our guest this week is Bryce Blankenagel, host of the Naked Mormonism and Glass Box podcasts. Bryce Blankenagel Introduction - Naked Mormonism - Glass Box Podcast Mormon Missions Designed to Fail? Mormons and the Boy Scouts - Church Divorcing from BSA - BSA Files for Bankruptcy over Sex Abuse Claims - History of Abuse in Scounting LDS Youth & Worth…
 
I interview Dr. Randall Balmer, historian and Episcopal priest, about his new book Solemn Reverence: The Separation of Church and State in American Life. To buy this book click here. Plus: Kudos to the US House of Representatives for removing Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, as punishment for promulgating…
 
Sarah Ray and Allie Ashmead highlight two Black freethinkers with a Florida connection: Zora Neale Hurston and Butterfly McQueen. Then a quick roundup of some of the week's news. - Allie's Story - Zora Neale Hurston - Butterfly McQueen - Devon Graham's Secular Invocation before the Tallahassee Board of City Commissioners - FL Bill permitting high s…
 
Sarah presents a brief "State of the ACPC" and then Sarah & Deborah discuss recent news & events. --- Freethought in Florida is a production of the Atheist Community of Polk County, Inc. (ACPC) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The opinions and views expressed on this program are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily represent the …
 
I interview Harvard economist Dr. Benjamin M. Friedman about his new book Religion and the Rise of Capitalism. To buy this book click here. Plus: Donald Trump gets impeached. Again. For inciting the riot at the US Capitol. And his impeachment trial begins in the Senate on February 9th. The Justice Department should show no mercy to the rioters who …
 
Geoffrey T. Blackwell, Esq., Litigation Counsel with American Atheists joins us to discuss lawsuits filed against the outgoing Trump Administration. SEE: https://www.atheists.org/2021/01/discrimination-religious-student-groups-lawsuit/ ALSO: https://www.atheists.org/2021/01/religious-freedom-protections-lawsuit/ --- Freethought in Florida is a prod…
 
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