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"Humanism in Indiana" Victoria Gipson on Atheists Talk #312, May 2, 2015

A lot has been going on in Indiana in the recent news. Govenor Mike Pence and the Indiana RFRA - the Religious Freedom Restoration Act - have many of us in a tizzy, and rightfully so.

The 1993 federal RFRA signed in to law by President Bill Clinton prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person's ability to practice his or her religion — unless the government can show it has a compelling interest to do so, and in those cases, they must use the the least restrictive way to achieve those interests. Amidst similar state level RFRAs springing up all over the country in recent months, Indiana has made headlines by passing a much more broadly-worded bill which has, among other indignities, opened the door to protecting flagrant bigotry in business practices.

But as usual, there are good people speaking up about bad laws. Victoria Gipson is a board member of Freethought Fort Wayne, the first chapter of the American Humanist Association. Victoria recently wrote an article for TheHumanist.com in which she discusses the passage of Indiana Senate Bill 101, and how humanists and other opponents of the bill are fighting back.

Join us this Sunday when we have Victoria Gipson on Atheists Talk to discuss the RFRA and humanism in the Hoosier state.

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"The Nones versus The Dones," Neil Carter on Atheists Talk #311, Sunday April 29, 2015

"We're not unchurched, we're done churched."  Neil Carter, from his blog Godless in Dixie.

According to the General Social Survey(GSS,) the number of Americans choosing not to affiliate with a specific religion is growing rapidly larger.  Since 2012 the number has risen by 7.5 million people.  Does this mean that the number of atheists or agnostics is growing that rapidly?  No, not so fast.  There are a large number of still-religious people who don't go to church or feel like organized religion fills their spiritual needs.  So, among the Nones, there are religious people and even people who designate themselves as "spiritual but not religious."  And then there are The Dones.  Neil Carter has been there, done that and has a bunch of the t-shirts of a churchy background, but now he is an atheist.  He blogs at Patheos, and has written of the Dones as a subset of the Nones.

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Atheists Talk radio and podcast is a communications service of Minnesota Atheists.  Our volunteer producers, hosts, interviewers, and contributors are committed to presenting topics of interest to atheists and humanists. Topics include, but are not limited to, general atheism and humanism, separation of church and state, science, religion, gender, race, culture, and the arts.

We’re not unchurched, we’re “done churched.”
We’re not unchurched, we’re “done churched.”
We’re not unchurched, we’re “done churched.”
We’re not unchurched, we’re “done churched.”

"A New Vision for the SSA", August Brunsman on Atheists Talk #310, April 19, 2015

The Secular Student Alliance has been supporting student groups in colleges and high schools for fifteen years. This year, they released a new vision statement that addresses some of the unique needs of a movement with leadership that graduates every few years, as well as many of the questions the broader atheist movement has been facing as a whole. They have embraced humanist ideals, civic engagement, and inclusion.

This Sunday, the SSA's Executive Director, August Brunsman, joins us to discuss where the SSA came from in releasing this vision and how they intend to make it a reality.

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"How God Works" Marshall Brain on Atheists Talk #309, April 12, 2015

Marshall Brain is the founder of HowStuffWorks, a popular science and inquiry website that answers questions exploring everything from the applications of well-characterized science to our most innovative, wildest ideas. With his recently published book, How "God" Works, Marshall Brain uses the same logic and critical thought that skyrocketed the popularity of HowStuffWorks to explore the idea of God. From the How "God" Works Amazon page: 

With a compelling sense of curiosity, he breaks down mankind's search for a higher power, tackling such quandaries as: Who is God? What are his attributes? What is God doing and why? How does God interact with humanity? And ultimately, how can humans know with certainty whether God is real or imaginary?

Marshall Brain is the host of the National Geographic Channel's Factory Floor with Marshall Brain TV show, and is known for his essays and other writing. He has appeared as a speaker on many national media programs and is a consultant, teacher and mentor in various learning environments. Please join us this Sunday as we welcome Marshall Brain to Atheists Talk.

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