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Heathen Hodgepodge 2: Electric Boogaloo (Anthony, Chad, and Matt)

This is the second half of our first hodgepodge episode (awesome title, right?!). The guys bring up all kinds of fun topics like how Jesus is similar to Superman, Hobby Lobby’s continual desire for American theocracy, our disappointment in Pope Francis’ recent comments on childless marriages, one of the best trolls of all time at the Oklahoma Statehouse, and a recent discovery at a Catholic seminary in Ireland that really got to Anthony.

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The Patheos.com Superman and Jesus article: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/crossexamined/2014/06/superman-and-jesus-more-similar-than-you-might-imagine/

TFN Insider article about Steve Green’s biblical curriculum: http://tfninsider.org/2014/06/03/tfnef-report-bible-curriculum-backed-by-hobby-lobby-president-would-lead-to-preaching-not-teaching-in-public-schools/

Article about Pope Francis’ comments on Childless marriages (note* I could not find the article from The Criterion that I was directly referencing): http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1402247.htm

Article about the Satanic statue in Oklahoma (the figure in the sculpture is called Baphomet, by the way): http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/3/5678782/satanic-group-reveals-crowdfunded-monument-for-oklahoma-state-capitol

Article about the mass grave found in Ireland: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/06/02/mass-grave-in-ireland-holds-the-remains-of-800-out-of-wedlock-children-who-died-in-the-care-of-catholic-nuns/

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Direct download: HeathenHodgepodge2.mp3
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Book of Mormon Review (Chad)

SPOILER ALERT! Chad was lucky enough to get tickets to see Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “Book of Mormon” as the show traveled to Indianapolis. Here are his thoughts on the show. Enjoy!

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Heathen Hodgepodge: Birth Control, Abortion, and Sex Ed (Anthony, Matt, and Chad)

Heathen Hodgepodge: Birth Control, Abortion, and Sex Ed (Anthony, Matt, and Chad)

Welcome to our first foray into topic-less episodes. “Heathen Hodgepodge” is an opportunity for us hosts to bring up anything that has been important to us lately. This could include articles we’ve found, events from our lives, or philosophical discussions. Really, we bring up anything we damn well please.

This time we sort of went off on a tangent when Anthony brought up the birth control debate. We discussed our opinions on abortion, sex education, and corporations as individuals. In order to not have a 2 hour+ episode, we decided to break this recording up. Check back in a few weeks for the second part, and let us know what you thought of this one. Thank you, and enjoy!

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Tags: Secularism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Humanism, Antitheism, Religion, Belief, Faith, God, Children’s Miracle Network, Heathen, Birth Control, Healthcare Act, Obamacare, Hobby Lobby, Catholicism, Federal District Court, Supreme Court of The United States, Mitt Romney, Super PACs, Corporations, Morality, Religious Right, Politics, Jon Stewart, War on Christmas, Flying Spaghetti Monster, Norman Geisler, Joseph Holden, Living Loud: Defending Your Faith, IUDs, Plan B, Abortion, Pro-life, Pro-choice, Superbad, Bill Hader, Vincent Price, Tax Babies, Republican Party, Rape, Incest, YouTube, Welfare, Freakonomics, Crime Rates, South Park Game, Sex Education, Indianapolis Public Schools, Northwest High School, HIV, Abstinence, Birthing Videos, STDs, Chlamydia    

Direct download: HeathenHodgepodgeP1.mp3
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Genesis Bible Study Answers and Send Me Your Stuff! (Anthony)

Send me your stuff! If you have an idea, a topic, or a response, RECORD IT! Then just send it to me and I’ll post it as an episode on the podcast. I am hereby instituting an open door policy. You can all become co-hosts of The Secular Perspective Podcast! Feel free to reveal as much or as little about yourself as you want to. You can give your full name or make up a pseudonym. Give out your email and twitter handle, or give out nothing. It’s up to you!

Also, I took the time to read some responses I got from friends regarding our questions, interpretations, and comments about our Genesis episodes of Secular Bible Study. My friends Patrick and Michael have both put a lot of thought and time into honing their beliefs, and figured they would help us out. I greatly appreciate their responses and hope you guys enjoy their insight.

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Wikipedia page for the Ennuma Elish: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enûma_Eliš

Wikipedia page for the Atrahasis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrahasis

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F*ck you, Establishment Clause! Discussing the Town of Greece v. Galloway Decision (Anthony, Chad, and Matt)

For the first time as a group, the gang gets together to discuss the appalling Supreme Court decision from Town of Greece v. Galloway. Anthony (or Tiny) makes a tasteless holocaust joke, Matt defends secular hyperbole in new media, and Chad learns what the Zapruder Film is …. things got very random; but the discussion was good and fun times were had. Enjoy!

Correction: Three times (seriously?), Anthony referred to the current Supreme Court as the “Rhenquist Court.” This is actually the “Roberts Court”; apologies for that.

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Erwin Chemerinsky’s article from SCOTUSblog: http://www.scotusblog.com/2014/05/symposium-dismantling-the-wall-that-should-separate-church-and-state/

The Ohio Statehouse holocaust memorial article from The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/18/ohio-statehouse-holocaust-memorial-star-of-david_n_3612373.html

The hyperbolic headline from patheos.com: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2014/05/disastrous-supreme-court-ruling-paves-the-way-for-christian-theocracy/

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Dinner With Dawkins (Chad)

In this episode Chad regales us with his weekend trip to Chicago to have dinner with Professor Richard Dawkins. Incidentally, the dinner wasn’t the only interesting part of the trip. Enjoy!

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Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

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Secular Bible Study: Genesis Part III (Anthony and Matt)

If you have ever wondered how an atheist reads The Bible, this series is for you. Anthony and Matt discuss notes they took and thoughts they had as they read Genesis. This is the third episode of the series Secular Bible Study where Anthony and Matt read through The Bible for the first time as secularists.

Eventually, all 66 books will be covered. Unfortunately, Anthony and Matt had A LOT to say; so the recording is being broken up into multiple parts. This is the last episode for Genesis. In the weeks to come we will move on to Exodus; so make sure you come back!

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Tags: Secularism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Humanism, Antitheism, Religion, Belief, Faith, God, The Bible, Christianity, Bible Study, Genesis, Jacob, Rachel, Dinah, Misogyny, Premarital Sex, Circumcision, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Richard Dawkins, Pharaoh, Critical Thinking

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Swallowing a Shot of Faith from Dr. Mitch Stokes (Anthony)

Anthony read a book called “A Shot of Faith (to the Head)” by Mitch Stokes and decided to write a review and commentary of it for a website that he contributes to called obsessivebooknerd.com. Anthony figured that you fellow secularists might be interested in what he had to say. This is just a recitation of that review. We hope you enjoy!

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Dr. Mitch Stokes’ website.

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Richard Dawkins Ruined my Family (not really) (Chad)

Chad shares a several part anecdote with us about how a trip to see Richard Dawkins lead to him “coming out” to his parents as an atheist.

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'God's Not Dead', A Response (Anthony and Matt)

One tragic March evening, Matt and Anthony paid $10 each to see “God’s Not Dead” …. this is their reaction.

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