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American Freethought Podcast

The American Freethought Podcast, hosted by John Snider and David Driscoll.

Website: http://www.americanfreethought.com
Location: Roswell, GA
Members: 111
Latest Activity: Jan 12

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One for all, or one for one?

Started by Morgan Greenwood. Last reply by James Turkia Jan 14, 2010. 6 Replies

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Comment by John C. Snider on November 9, 2009 at 9:35am
Episode #72 of the American Freethought podcast features an interview with Jennifer Burns, author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right.

http://bit.ly/h82Xd

Also, check out our review of Goddess of the Market.

http://bit.ly/QS8FX
Comment by John C. Snider on November 6, 2009 at 7:20am
Fort Hood massacre: jihad or mental illness?

Is Major Nidal Malik Hasan an Islamic terrorist, or just a sick soldier?

http://bit.ly/1oQ9IK
Comment by Mriana on November 4, 2009 at 11:06pm
COOL! I am so glad to see it back again. :)
Comment by Joe Tomberlin on November 4, 2009 at 10:49pm
Seems to have been several disappointing results this time around. The intense high that motivated progressive voters in '08 seems to have been dashed in part due to the Obama admin not living up to the hype of the campaign. In addition, all the intense fear-mongering by the tea-bag crazies probably created a corresponding rebound motivation on the right.
Comment by John C. Snider on November 4, 2009 at 8:45am
Hey Maine: WTF? http://bit.ly/z6wUX
Comment by John C. Snider on November 3, 2009 at 5:54am
Podcast #71 - Eye of Sauron Edition

We look at three recent TV programs that have attracted the attention of the Eye of Sauron, a.k.a. Catholic League president Bill Donohue.

http://bit.ly/uBj07
Comment by John C. Snider on October 24, 2009 at 3:42pm
The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb - One of the most recognized pop artists of the 20th century tackles one of the most influential texts of all time:

http://bit.ly/JGJj0
Comment by John C. Snider on October 24, 2009 at 1:54pm
The Tangled Bank - Science journalist Carl Zimmer's latest work is a full-blown textbook devoted to the subject of evolution.

http://bit.ly/392UqK
Comment by bryan riddle on October 18, 2009 at 7:29pm
Thanks Dan, I have noticed it helps me organize my position & my statements. One other thing I've noticed is they all seem to say the same thing, which in turns helps me lead them into positions they cannot reasonably get out of. Then they revert to the fact that I just don't get it. They 'know' why the believe and that 'god' is good for them and maybe one day I'll 'see the light'.... As to point #3, I can only hope that's true.
Comment by Dan Courtney on October 18, 2009 at 6:07pm
Bryan - If I may add my 2 cents. It is not an excercize in futility. I think calm, rational discussions (even if you are the only rational one) with theists has three benefits.
1. It helps you to think critically about your own positions, and helps you to build a world view more closely aligned with reality. The more you think, and challenge, and attempt to integrate new information, the more enlightened you will become.
2. Is there anyone else listening? Some atheists won't discuss/debate with a theist unless they are in a group setting. If there is a fence sitter as a bystander, and they hear your calm, rational discussion, you just may help keep them from falling down the rabbit hole of faith.
3. The seeds you plant today may bear fruit in a future season. Leaving religion can be a long process. You never know what idea or issue may linger in the theist's mind that may lead to full fledged skepticism later on.

As Winston Churchill once said..."Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever give up!"

Dan
 

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