Thank God I'm Atheist

Thank God I'm Atheist

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Frank and Dan's off-the-cuff conversations focus on current events cast through the lens of their shared atheism. Episodes include a rundown of six news stories from the prior week, and the show occasionally features interviews with writers, thinkers, and leaders in the atheist community. As former Mormons, the hosts provide insight into the often misunderstood religious minority.

Episodes

Growing Up Mormon #273  

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.

Must Protect Sundays #272  

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.

Destroying our Schools #271  

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.

Muslim Ban #270  

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.

Killing Babies #269  

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.

It Means He Loves You #268  

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.

Tax Exempt #267  

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.

Crappy New Year! #266  

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.

Love to See the Temple #265  

“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.

God's Chosen People #264  

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.

The Memory of Trees #263  

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.

Thanksgiving #262  

Dan and Mark spend Thanksgiving in Savannah, Georgia.

Everyone Likes a New Friend #261  

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.

The Power of Prayer #260  

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.

Talking to the Devil #259  

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.

Death and Dying #258  

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.

Battleground State #257  

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.

The Mormon Shakedown #256  

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.

Mormon Leaks #255  

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.

Get Rich Quick #254  

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.

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