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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Darrel & Dave expand on their recent article about recovering as former clergy, Dave from an experiential perspective and Darrel from a psychological/developmental perspective. They're a match made in... well, you get the idea. Read the Article: https://medium.com/excommunications/recovering-as-a-former-clergy-e8bdc3ff2f1e Find Dave Warnock @ http:…
 
Our secular family for a livestream-a-thon benefiting Foundation Beyond Belief continues! OPEN THROUGH DEC 31, 2020: DONATE! http://bit.ly/holiday-cheer-stream-a-thon Check out our silent auction at http://www.PolkAtheists.org/auction Hour 4 Hemant Mehta Frank Feldman & Dan Beecher Devon Graham Tracie Harris Reading #4 Kathy Jo Taylor…
 
Our secular family livestream-a-thon benefiting Foundation Beyond Belief continues! OPEN THROUGH DEC 31, 2020: DONATE! http://bit.ly/holiday-cheer-stream-a-thon Check out our silent auction at http://www.PolkAtheists.org/auction Hour 2 Tif Ho, Exec Dir Foundation Beyond Belief Andrew Seidel's Dispatch from the Frontlines of the War on Christmas Cla…
 
Join our secular family for a livestream-a-thon benefiting Foundation Beyond Belief! Feat. Mandisa Thomas, Phil Session, Tracie Harris, Shelley Segal, Noah Lugeons, Anthony Magnabosco, Hemant Mehta, and more! OPEN THROUGH DEC 31, 2020: DONATE! http://bit.ly/holiday-cheer-stream-a-thon Check out our silent auction at http://www.PolkAtheists.org/auct…
 
Visit SOTEI.org to learn more about Linda and her organization. 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://w…
 
Jessica Toy is an Executive Board Member for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Central Florida Chapter and Polk County "Out of the Darkness" Experience Chair. We're having an important conversation about suicide, prevention, and healing from the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide; and encourage you to get involved with the ACPC or…
 
Katherine Stewart is an author and journalist whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Religion Dispatches and more, she writes about politics, policy, religion and education. Her 2012 book, The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children shined a hot white light on these efforts to invade p…
 
Australian singer/songwriter Shelley Segal is known for lyrical conversations and explorations of heavy topics, including religion. She's perhaps best know for her song "Saved" which is the opening theme song for "The Atheist Experience" call-in show. Shelley and Sarah chat about songwriting, the music industry, religious upbringings and more. We e…
 
Joseph Richardson, a Director of the Central Florida Freethought Community joins to discuss Secular Invocations, the Invocation issue in Lake Wales, Florida, and more. Visit cflfreethought.org to learn more about CFFC. --- Freethought in Florida is a production of the Atheist Community of Polk County, Inc. (ACPC) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.…
 
Authors/Speakers/Activists Bailey and Elle Harris join us on the program to discuss their books, interests, science and Humanism. If the 2020 dumpster fire's got you down, this is the pick-me-up you need. The future is bright and it's because of awesome young people like this. Check out BaileyStardust.com and ElleTheHumanist.com to learn more and p…
 
Joining us on the program today is Dr. Eric Sprankle, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Co-Director of the Sexuality Studies program at Minnesota State University. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Minnesota, and a certified sex therapist affiliated with the Minnesota Sexual Health Institute. Dr. Sprankle is a…
 
Monica Miller, Legal Director and Senior Counsel with American Humanist Association joins Sarah on Freethought in Florida to chat about the SCOTUS rulings in Espinoza and Little Sisters of the Poor, plus some upcoming SCOTUS and lower court cases to watch for. And we litigate the proper pronunciation of “amicus” and talk about the great work of the…
 
Andrew L. Seidel is a constitutional and civil rights attorney, activist, atheist, author, former Grand Canyon tour guide, and sometimes photographer. As Director of Strategic Response and one of the attorneys at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Andrew works to ensure that the government obeys the First Amendment and that Jefferson’s “Wall of …
 
Cathy Robinson Pickett is a motivational speaker and founder/director of Friends Together. Cathy joins Sarah Ray to talk about her story living with HIV after sexual assault, the formation and evolution Friends Together, and how we can all do a little more to help those in need. Learn more about Cathy and Friends Together at http://www.friendstoget…
 
Phil Session joins Sarah Ray for conversations about intersectional atheism, engaging in the movement to bring true change to systems of racial inequity, volunteerism and more. Phil is the Vice-President and volunteer coordinator for the Freethinkers Association of Central Texas. He is also the head organizer/coordinator for Austin Atheists Helping…
 
Kathy Dobson (Planned Parenthood of SW & Central Florida) and Alison Foley-Rothrock (Red Tent Initiative) join us to highlight a new community initiative that ACPC helped launch called "It Takes a Village". ITAV is a community coalition of organizations and volunteers working to fill in the gaps where traditional services fall short. Learn more at …
 
Alison Gill is the Vice President, Legal & Policy with American Atheists and joins us today to discuss the hot-off-the-presses release of the US #SecularSurvey #RealityCheckReport. What did we learn about nonbelievers? View the full survey at http://www.secularsurvey.org Learn more about American Atheists at http://www.atheists.org Freethought in F…
 
Sarah & Miles have a conversation about COVID-19, religious exemptions to "Stay at Home" orders, and parenting through holidays with both a religious and secular history or celebration. 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 …
 
Steven Blansfield of Street Warriors of Central Florida and Alec Kosmensky with the Atheist Community of Polk County join us to discuss the Street Warriors program and helping serve the needs of Polk County folks experiencing homelessness. Freethought in Florida is a production of the Atheist Community of Polk County, Inc. (ACPC) a 501(c)(3) nonpro…
 
The Atheist Community of Polk County hits the 1-year milestone and Directors Becca and Sarah take a look back over the past year and talk about some exciting things coming in the months ahead! Thanks again to everyone who submitted a recording to use in this episode, and to all the donors, volunteers, and members who make all of this possible. Free…
 
Taylor Aguilera is (among a whole bunch of other amazing things) one of the founders of Equality Polk, an organization working to pass local human rights ordinances in Polk County, Florida. Get involved by joining the EQPolk Facebook Group and attend the next meeting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/478386183080774/ Apologies for the blip halfway t…
 
Dr. Darrel Ray is the author of several books including “The God Virus: How Religion Infects our Lives and Culture” and “Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality”, and he’s the founder of the wonderful organization Recovering From Religion and The Secular Therapy Project. A psychologist for over 40 years and a student of religion, Darrel holds …
 
Justin Scott is the Iowa State Director for American Atheists. You may know him as the guy who asked Elizabeth Warren if she will "commit to hiring a secular outreach director" (she hasn't). We talk "Anybody Activism" and set some easy goals for 2020. American Atheists WWW - https://www.atheists.org/people/justin-scott/ Contact Justin at justinscot…
 
Devon Graham is the Vice President of Humanists of Tallahassee and an Assistant State Director for American Atheists. She joins us to discuss a secular holiday display she arranged at the Florida Capitol this year. Humanists of Tallahassee WWW - https://www.humaniststlh.com/ FB - https://www.facebook.com/hottlh/ TW - https://twitter.com/HumanistsTL…
 
Bertha Vazquez is a classroom science teacher in the Miami area and the Director of the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), a program of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. And she'll be speaking about the state of evolution education at FREEFLO, November 2019, in Orlando! Learn more and register now at www.freeflo…
 
Seth Andrews is the host of the wildly popular podcast, "The Thinking Atheist". He's been a voice for the voiceless for many years, creating an online space for nonbelievers to discover each other, question deeply-held beliefs, and think critically. Seth will be speaking at FREEFLO in Orlando this November. Learn more and register now at www.freefl…
 
Sarah Gillooly is the Vice President for State Outreach & Engagement with Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Sarah will be speaking at FREEFLO in Orlando this November. Learn more and register now at www.freeflo.org! Freethought in Florida is a production of the Atheist Community of Polk County, Inc. (ACPC) a 501(c)(3) nonprof…
 
Gina Duncan is the Director of Transgender Equality with Equality Florida. On this FiF, Sarah & Gina (both trans women) discuss issues in passing equality protections, challenging the religious intolerance of trans people, and grassroots organizing to bring the LGBTQ, Atheist, and affirming-Religious communities together in this common cause. Gina …
 
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