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"Black Atheist Evangelism;" Jamila Bey on Atheists Talk #120, June 19, 2011

Black atheists experience isolation in several different ways.  In their own families and community, they are often ostracized by a culture that assumes and values religion to a larger degree than the white culture in our society.  While the number of atheists and non-religious whites is growing and currently, according to surveys, around 15% the number of black freethinkers is smaller at approximately 12%.  The social bedrock of church attendance and belief runs deeper for blacks and so African-American atheists find themselves to be a "minority within a minority."  We also observe that formal atheist and freethinking groups are to a large extent the domain of white people, and so when black people come to our meetings they find few of their own race in attendance.  This can also give them the feeling of isolation.
 
Fortunately there are activists within the black atheist community who are working to change things for black atheists, and to the benefit of atheist groups as a whole.  When there are  more better voices we all win. 
 
Jamila Bey is a comedian and a journalist in the Washington, D.C. area, and a black woman unafraid to use the "A" word.  We are fortunate to have her on our show to talk about what she does to help spread the truths of Logic, Reason and Science to all who may hear.  Minnesota Atheists President August Berkshire talked to her at the American Atheists Conference in Des Moines, IA in April, 2011.  He will talk to her on our show.
 
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Today's show is produced and hosted by Mike Haubrich.
 
 
 
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"Look at All the Crazy Preachers." Ed Brayton on Atheists Talk #119, June 12, 2011

When Harold Camping announced his calculated date for The Rapture to be May 22, rational people laughed at his certainty.  We were also saddened that his deluded followers sold everything they owned and devoted their lives to spreading the word that the "End is Near."  The rapture didn't happen, and Camping made excuses and decided that he meant that it will all happen in October of this year.  But Camping is not the only crazy preacher out there, getting publicity by saying and writing outrageous things that no sane person would accept.  
 
Freelance writer Ed Brayton, who writes at ScienceBlogs' Dispatches from the Culture Wars has been following and writing about  religion and politics and highlighting the more stupid and insane conservative and fundamentalist preachers, priests, rabbis and imams.  He and Greg Laden and I will highlight the funny, and yet scary people who use fear, bigotry religious certainty to attract followers, money and even influence public policy because of their fractured religious beliefs.
 
 
 
 
 
 Greg Laden is a frequent guest on Atheists Talk, as well as a frequent interviewer.  Greg is an evolutionary  anthropologist and blogs at ScienceBlogs.
 
Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists, the Humanists of Minnesota and the generous support of our members and donors.  We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. 
 
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"Skeptically Speaking;" Desiree Schell and Greg Laden on Atheists Talk #118, June 5, 2011

So, are we making inroads or not? Is skepticism spreading due to all the new media tools that we use in the 21st century?  Desiree Schell, who produces the podcast "Skeptically Speaking" and Greg Laden will be bringing out the possibilities.  We may be only reaching the already converted with our show and with Desiree's show, and other skeptic broadcasts; but even if so, there is always more to see, to hear and to learn about skepticism, atheism and humanism.
 
This episode will touch on a broad range of topics, including a preview of what Desiree will be talking about at this year's Skepchick track at CONvergence.
 
From I'm a Skeptic mini-bio of Desiree Schell:
 
Desiree explores the connections between science and skepticism, and strategies for promoting critical thinking beyond the ranks of current skeptics. She is also known for delving into the slippery social issues surrounding skepticism. Her show has been near the forefront of conversations about gender issues in skepticism, and about “Skepticism 2.0’s” rebirth as a demographically broad social movement. “We really want to spread critical thinking to the broadest possible audience,” Desiree says. “In order to do that, we as skeptics need to discuss ways that we can make our message more inclusive.” 
 
Greg Laden is a frequent guest on Atheists Talk, as well as a frequent interviewer.  Greg is an evolutionary  anthropologist and blogs at ScienceBlogs.
 
 
Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists, the Humanists of Minnesota and the generous support of our members and donors.  We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. 
 
Today's show is produced and hosted by Mike Haubrich.
 
 

 
 
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"Choice In Dying," Eric MacDonald on Atheists Talk #117, May 29, 2011

Choosing one's own death should be the right of every living person facing the process of a long, debilitating, painful terminal illness. Not everyone finds "dignity in suffering," and yet religions insist that the value of "life above all else" trumps individual choice. Eric MacDonald and his wife faced the decision in her choice to end her life. The government of Canada and the authorities of the Anglican Church, of which MacDonald was a priest, threw up legal roadblocks and threats if Elizabeth were to choose to terminate her own life in Canada.

Since his experience, Eric decided that the doubts he had been carrying about his religion could never be resolved considering the weight of the cruelty in not allowing Elizabeth to choose how she was to end her life. He has since become an outspoken atheist, defending the "New Atheists" against charges of shallow philosophy and a light understand of theology. He writes about his interpretations of Church authority and atheism at his blog.

Eric's Blog: A Choice In Dying

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