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Hey guys.

I probably shouldn't put this off anymore, so I'm just going to jump on it and improvise. I'm pretty sure the show is over. It was a ton of fun doing it, but with work and my son and my wife in school I simply don't have time to do it anymore.

Other folks have offered to take over but I don't really feel comfortable with that. Quit while you're ahead, sez I.

Anyhow, I payed for another year of hosting, so the archive of podcasts will be available for at least that long.

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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for priests who sexually abused children (CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Monday. 26 Replies

Pope Francis made his strongest condemnation yet of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy on Friday, asking for forgiveness and pledging to impose penalties on "men of the church" who harm children."I feel…Continue

Tags: forgiveness, child abuse, Pope Francis

Celebrity Snake Handling Pastor Dies from Snakebite

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by ɟǝןıx dǝʇɹɐɹ Feb 19. 3 Replies

Jamie Coots who was starring in the reality show, Snake Salvation, died as the result being bitten by a snake he was handling. He was trying to prove that his faith would protect him. Is the…Continue

Tags: Religious Snake Handling, Jamie Coots, Jubinsky

UN Report Vehemently Attacks Vatican Handling of Child Molestation

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 7. 10 Replies

The United Nations has released a report that severely criticizes the way the Catholic Church has handled sexual abuse of children by its clergy. Per the article:  In an unprecedented report, a…Continue

Tags: UN, United Nations, Vatican, Sexual Abuse, Jubinsky

Chicago Archdiocese Hid Decades of Child Abuse

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by John Jubinsky Jan 21. 2 Replies

The Chicago archdiocese of the Catholic Church released documents today revealing that it had hidden decades of sexual molestation of children by priests. The documents were only released in order to…Continue

Tags: Catholic Church, Child Molestation, Chicago Archdiocese, Jubinsky

Spartanburg Soup Kitchen sends Atheist Volunteers packing

Started by Joe Tomberlin. Last reply by matt warren Jan 21. 7 Replies

They don't think we exist in foxholes, and they want to make sure we don't in a few others.Here is the discussion from The Young Turks - …Continue

A Christian Communion - Of Sorts

Started by Pat. Last reply by T Andrew Klatt Jan 20. 4 Replies

One of the hallmarks of Christian worship is communion. Where the adherent commits ritualized, or if a Catholic, real cannibalism of the body of the late and not so great JC.Well, from the wonderful…Continue

UN Grills Vatican on Child Absuse

Started by John Jubinsky Jan 16. 0 Replies

The United Nations questioned Vatican officials on Thursday about the appropriateness of the way that child abuse by priests was handled by the Church when it became known to higher Church officials.…Continue

Tags: United Nations, Vatican, UN, Jubinsky, Child Abuse

Pope Francis calls for power to move away from Vatican (BBC News)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Napoleon Bonaparte Nov 30, 2013. 6 Replies

Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican, in the first major work he has written in the role. In…Continue

Tags: Vatican, women, Pope Francis

Pope Francis' latest surprise: a survey on the modern family (World News via NBC News)

Started by Loren Miller Nov 11, 2013. 0 Replies

Pope Francis is shaking things up again.The pontiff with a penchant for surprises is making new waves by launching a survey of his flock on issues facing modern families — from gay marriage to…Continue

Tags: survey, Pope Francis

Teaching in a Religious World - by Tori Parker

Started by Tori Parker. Last reply by Craigart14 Nov 9, 2013. 8 Replies

This is my weekly writing at schoolofdoubt.com about life as an atheist teacher. I'd love your support -- you can never have too  many awesome atheists reading your work ;)…Continue

'Under God' part of Pledge of Allegiance under review in Massachusetts (CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Pat Sep 4, 2013. 11 Replies

The Pledge of Allegiance is recited in classrooms across the country every morning -- and because of the words "under God," it is heard in courtrooms across the country seemingly just as often these…Continue

Tags: under god, Pledge of Allegiance, Massachusetts

Pa. governor's attorneys: Gays, like children, can't marry (CBSNews.com)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Sentient Biped Sep 1, 2013. 7 Replies

HARRISBURG, Pa. -  Marriage licenses given to same-sex couples in the state are invalid because the couples were barred from marrying, just like 12-year-olds, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's attorneys…Continue

Tags: D. Bruce Hanes, Tom Corbett, gay marriage, Pennsylvania

New Jersey rejects 'ATHEIST' vanity plate for being offensive (Auto Blog)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 28, 2013. 8 Replies

Every state has different rules governing what can and can't be displayed on vanity license plates. Not only do they vary, but many are vague about what combinations of letters and/or numbers are…Continue

Tags: New Jersey, David Silverman

Judge Bars Oklahoma From Implementing Anti-Sharia Law (HuffPost)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Humble Pie Aug 18, 2013. 5 Replies

Aug 16 (Reuters) - Oklahoma's attorney general said on Friday he was reviewing the decision of a U.S. judge that barred the state from adopting a measure that would ban its state courts from…Continue

Tags: Oklahoma, sharia

Mother Teresa Humanitarian Image A 'Myth,' New Study Says (HuffPost)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 12, 2013. 30 Replies

A new study by Canadian academics says Mother Teresa was a product of hype who housed the poor and sick in shoddy conditions, despite her access to a fortune.The Times of India, reporting on the…Continue

Tags: University of Ottawa, University of Montreal, Christopher Hitchens, The Missionary Position, fraud

15 things everyone would know if there were a liberal media (Daily Kos)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Humble Pie Aug 10, 2013. 3 Replies

Daily Kos contributor akadjian has written a brilliant piece, citing a number of stories which have gotten varying degrees of…Continue

Tags: liberal media

The Atheist Academic V: Change a Few Words?

Started by Tori Parker Jul 13, 2013. 0 Replies

Why is it okay to discriminate against atheists? I open up a discussion...…Continue

Vatican Monsignor Accused of Taking 600 Thousand Euros and Ilegally Attempting to Move 20 Million More

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Joseph P Jul 6, 2013. 5 Replies

A monsignor working as an accountant for the Vatican has been accused of taking 600,000 Euros from a Vatican bank and attempting to illegally move (possibly with the intent to steal) 20,000,000 more.…Continue

Tags: Money Laundering, Vatican, Jubinsky

My new article: How to tell if there's a church/state violation in schools...

Started by Tori Parker Jun 22, 2013. 0 Replies

Read and comment, if you would! :)…Continue

Vatican Corrects Pope - Says Atheists and Other non-Catholics Going to Hell

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Loren Miller May 31, 2013. 6 Replies

On May 22, 2013 Pope Francis held a Mass in which he said that even Atheists who do good could be saved. The infallible one was soon corrected by the Vatican to the point that Atheists and other…Continue

Tags: Vatican Corrects Pope, Jubinsky

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Comment by Angie Jackson on May 6, 2009 at 12:30pm
I disagree with Hitchens on the Iraq War strongly, but "God is Not Great" is a fantastic book (available in audio read by him on YouTube). I think it's important that atheists not be too dogmatic about our political bents - otherwise we risk becoming the counterpoint to Religious Right. As the bumper sticker says, "The Religious Right is Neither"
Comment by moJoe on May 6, 2009 at 4:43am
Sweet. Email.

I would have to disagree with you on this one. I concede that Mr. Hitchens has a fairly complex political outlook, but that does not change the fact that he is politically right-of-center.

As much as I am tempted to agree wit you, being conservative and believing in "egalitarianism, human rights and internationalism" are not mutually exclusive (especially that last one.) Your mention of these qualities and the Iraq war seem to make up the thrust of your counter-argument. On the latter point, I will also disagree with you. The vast majority of socialists vociferously disagree with the war in Iraq, mostly because all outward indicators point to the fact that it had nothing to do with protecting us from Islamic extremists and everything to do with war and oil profiteering.

While it is true that he has always been an atheist, he began his career as a Trotskyist. While he has stated openly on numerous occasions that he still admires Trotsky, and that he believes that the communists made some real accomplishments, he has also stated that he now believes that capitalism is the economic system that is more revolutionary and "internationalist." There is, however, a fine line between "internationalism" and "globalization" that he admittedly does not observe. He has stated very clearly that economic globalization is simply a symptom of modernity and probably not something that should be protested, contrary to the beliefs of the majority of the left.

The right claims him as one of their own and--contrary to your experience in these matters--I have never observed him in protest, he was almost painfully deferential to President Bush during his time in office and he is more likely to defend conservative politicians and their foibles than he is to defend liberal ones unless they are obnoxiously religious.

On top of all of this, he has stated on several occasions that his views today are more in line with American Libertarianism than anything else. Libertarians are "socially left" and "economically right." I would argue that he is a bit further right than most Libertarians as he is (as has been mentioned) a vocal supporter of our presence in Iraq. The Libertarian party is quite explicitly not a fan of the Iraq war.

His views are a frank reminder that if you go far enough one direction, you meet yourself coming back the other way and I would argue that as the political landscape has warped and evolved, so has Mr. Hitchen's philosophies. What have not changed overly much are his values.

Politics are not as black and white as people make them out to be. My only transgression--if indeed I have committed one--would be falling prey to the sin of oversimplification.

My own short-comings aside, he's more or less a conservative. Sorry.

As to the "on the fence" statement made by Eli, he might be wrong there. Mr. Hitchens was solidly on one side of the fence and is now solidly on the other side of the fence. The only time he was "on the fence" was in the brief period of time in which he was jumping over it. But I'll let Eli handle that one.

Sorry for the long response. But hey, thanks for writing; I enjoy a spirited discussion, even if it looks like it might involve a lynching. And for the sake of full disclosure, I am a lefty that likes Chrisopher Hitchens too, I just don't agree on this particular point.

--Joe
Comment by Dave Mann on May 5, 2009 at 8:57pm
Dear MoJoe and Eli:

CH is not right-wing - he was never "on the fence" about anything

Posted to the christopher hitchens group:

On episode 005 of Atheist News Joe said that Hitchens "Is a right-winger." I'm solidly on the Left and have followed Hitchens career since the early nineties. I believe his philosophy has not changed. His allegiance to specific institutions such as Nation magazine has changed but he has always maintained his commitment to egalitarianism, human rights and internationalism. Any time a news-person has tried to call him a conservative or a neo-con he has always objected. There are many Socialist, Communists and Marxists who have supported the liberation of Afghanistan and Iraq. That does not make them right-wing. Don't let Atheist News mislabel our opinion-leader Christopher Hitchens email them our objections. Thank you.
Comment by JayBarti on May 5, 2009 at 2:24pm
I love how christians are so willing to condem people who share the same faith as them... this isn't really news but its funny

Miley Cyrus said what?

"Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus recently made statements supporting gay marriage.

http://www.onemillionmoms.com/currentissue.asp

It is to laugh
Comment by moJoe on May 2, 2009 at 4:36am
This is awesome. I encourage you to go and vote for this with all of your votes:

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Comment by A Former Member on April 30, 2009 at 11:51am


Plug Pulled on Christian Consumer Book Show

The show won’t go on in Dallas. The Christian Book Expo, an innovative consumer-focused book show, won’t be repeated next year. The board of Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, show sponsor, decided not to stage another event in 2010. Attendance at this year’s show, held March 20-22 at the Dallas Convention Center, was 1,500; organizers had hoped for 10,000 to 15,000. The show left the organization with a $250,000 shortfall, according to ECPA president and CEO Mark Kuyper. “We want to clean up the debt before we consider future options,” Kuyper told PW in an e-mail.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on April 30, 2009 at 11:11am
And the musical -

Comment by moJoe on April 29, 2009 at 7:32am
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on April 28, 2009 at 10:19pm
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jZzLe_N4x610yThgnmUMpFL_IQ9AD97RLJCG0

New pat Robertson news
Comment by Luke on April 23, 2009 at 9:33pm
Yay! I was mentioned on podcast number 3. I'm famous!
 

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