This is a far-ranging podcast about current events, Jeff Sessions, health care and Conan The Barbarian.
Carrie Fisher left us too soon, and we talk about it this week. We also talk about the possible end of humanity at the hands of Trump. RobRoy also flubs the definition of impeachment.
This week, we talk a lot about Donald Trump, who clinched the nomination, the anger of Bernie Sanders supporters and the article about large people. I also go into detail on my epic battle with the City of Reno. Long live the rebellion!
On this week’s Podcast, Edwin, Rick and RobRoy discuss their predictions about the Iowa caucus. We also mock Sean Anderson, the last douche bag standing in Oregon. There is also a fun digression about large men in Speedos.
The last two podcasts hosted on Armchair Blasphemy have been extra long and filled with profanity.
The first one: Living in a work-a-day world goes in depth on our collective work malaise.
The second one: Posted today, this podcast covers the massive news last week about gay marriage, Bristol Palin and the Confederate flag.
We’re up to our fifteenth podcast. As we do them, I think they get more relevant. Join us and don’t forget to subscribe!
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:
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.
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.”
I 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
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