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Podcast 12, Picking Presidents and the Dugger Drama

This week’s podcast was particularly fun, with Edwin, Rick and RobRoy sitting down to talk the presidential contest and then discussing the Josh Dugger scandal.  For a preview of the issue with the Dugger’s check out this piece in Slate and then listen:

Listen to the whole podcast here

There is a lot of interesting stuff going in with religion, hypocrisy and social issues in America– check out my latest on Salon for a taste.  You can be sure we’ll be chatting up these issues again soon.

Big News on Atheism (Plus Podcast 11)

The Pew Religious Landscape Study came out last week showing big gains for atheists, agnostics and so-called “nones,” those who profess no religious faith.  The Armchair Blasphemy team sat down to discuss their respective beliefs: CLICK HERE for Podcast 11.

Be warned, RobRoy uses the phrase “soft agnostic,” which (along with the word “moist“) always makes me a little uncomfortable.

On a side note: I wrote a piece for Salon spiking the football just a little about the study.  I just couldn’t help myself.  At any rate, watch for more discussion on this blog about America’s dramatic culture shift.  There are a great many implications for an ever-more-secular America.

PODCAST 10 – 4/29/2015: Ted Cruz has a Fleshy Face and Stuff Doesn’t Last April 29, 2015

On this week’s podcast, Edwin, Rick and RobRoy discuss the presidential correspondence dinner, the fleshy face of Ted Cruz and why Ed can never, ever seem to make a coffee pot last.  Open it here and listen!

Podcast 8 – 4/14/2015: Country music, legal weed and prison reform

Our latest podcast has been added. Check us out. Lots of discussion this week on legal weed, country music, prison reform and lots of shit.  It may be a meandering discussion, but there’s lots to love.

From the vault: Appropriating the Language of Religion

Editor’s Note: This is one of the first pieces I wrote several years ago for the original Armchair Blasphemy Blog.  My thinking is similar but I would not write it like this today.  That said, it’s worth reposing on our new site.

People ask me sometimes why I chose the word “blasphemy” for this blog.  They often wonder aloud if I am buying into the concept itself.  I have been told that this is a religious word and that atheists should not acknowledge the very existence, even the concept of “blasphemy.”

BlasphemyI understand this thinking and rationale, but I find power in appropriating the words and concepts of ideological / religious opponents.  It’s the same concept with Santa Clause.  I can use Santa, a construct, side effect or at least first cousin of Christianity to make a very strong case that the entire mythology is fabricated.

I know other atheists who are wary of the “atheist” label for a similar reason.  They embrace the humanist, freethinking or even “brights” identity instead.  They feel that to be atheists is to be “against” something, as in anti-theist.  I don’t hold this view. The most fundamentalist religions hate and try to shame “atheists.”  They view atheists as “of the devil.”  If they are so afraid, so disgusted by this identity, then I totally want a piece of it.  There is an inherent strength go embracing something that fundamentalists loathe and fear.  It’s the same fear they have of evolution, science and—back to it–blasphemy.  It’s the intellectual side I want to be on.    Continue reading From the vault: Appropriating the Language of Religion

Podcast #7: Christian Homophobia from Indiana and the new christian gayhate film “Light Wins”

Make sure to check out this week’s podcast, examining the anti-gay documentary “Light Wins” and the back-peddling that just happened to the “anti-gay” law in Indiana.  You can always click at left for new podcasts.  They are also now all available on iTunes.

 

Podcast #6: Phil Robertson is the Worst

This week, Edwin, Rick and RobRoy talk about the latest Duck Dynasty scandal, as Phil Robertson says some of the worst comments ever uttered by an american extremist. Tune in.

 

Podcast #5: On Useless Sports and Defending the DMV

On this week’s podcast, Edwin, RobRoy and Rich discuss the violence and uselessness of football and the problems inherent in the Department of Motor Vehicles.  Although the subjects seem totally unrelated, they blend together in a fun, thoughtful thirty minutes.

Podcast #4: Fox News: Manufactured Outrage and Outright Horseshit

On this week’s podcast, Edwin, Rick and RobRoy discuss the inexplicable popularity of Fox News and the difference between news and infotainment.  Also, they trio discuss the undercurrent of outrage present in the online libertarian community.

My Robes of Shame

It’s a secret, a deep-held shame that I hide from myself as much as from other people.  It often takes refuge between the rant-laced lines of Armchair Blasphemy.  But I can no longer conceal it or wave it away—I must at last face it and admit to you the reader my deepest shame:  I harbor deep jealousy of religious clothing, most especially robes.

It has nothing to do with belief or unbelief; it’s just about comfort.  I am what is often known in American parlance as a “fat slob.”  I can’t buy shit off the rack, because even though I am nearly six feet tall, I have only a thirty-inch inseam, and I’m shaped like a stunted pear. Continue reading My Robes of Shame