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Teresa MacBain on Atheists Talk #183, Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Former pastor Teresa MacBain doesn't appear to have ever done anything the easy way. When she felt called to preach, she had to leave her preacher father's conservative denomination, which would not allow a woman to preach, and publicly profess values he preached. She became a pastor in a denomination that nominatively welcomed women in the priesthood but did not actually support them.

Then MacBain began to have doubts. Instead of taking the simpler route of denying them, she attempted to reconcile her faith with the contradictory religion in front of her. When her searching led her to atheism, she didn't hide this from herself. Eventually, she chose not to hide it from others, even though leaving her church meant leaving behind many of the programs she had set up to pursue her passion for social justice.

Nor did MacBain come out quietly, allowing friends and family to adjust before she had to deal with her whole world knowing she was an atheist. She came out on stage this June at the American Atheists national convention, with substantial press coverage. And finally, after leaving preaching behind, MacBain has taken on the task of public relations for one of the most hated atheist organizations in the U.S.

Join us this Sunday as we talk to Teresa MacBain about her remarkable--but never easy--journey and what lies ahead for her.

Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists and the Humanists of Minnesota. We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. This radio program is put together by dedicated volunteers and the generous donations of listeners. If you are able to help with a donation please consider doing so at our Radio Fund page.

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"Atheist Voices of Minnesota" on Atheists Talk #182, Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Atheist Voices of Minnesota is a unique book. Other books on atheism are mostly philosophical or political. They are written by people who derive their income from their writing. They argue for atheism, or at least for secularism, and tell atheists how to be atheists. They are often specifically about religion.

Atheist Voices of Minnesota is none of those things. It is instead a collection of personal writings, talking about the effects of atheism on our lives and on our values. It covers voices who are not usually included in atheist projects. And it is receiving rave reviews.

This Sunday, we are doing an unusual show to talk about this unusual book. Nine of the contributors will gather in the studio. Join us to hear:

  • Bill Lehto (editor)
  • George Kane
  • Jill Carlson
  • Ryan Bolin
  • Stephanie Zvan
  • Eric Jayne
  • James Zimmerman
  • Michelle Huber
  • Kim Socha

They will be talking about how the book was made and their contributions to it.

Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists and the Humanists of Minnesota. We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. This radio program is put together by dedicated volunteers and the generous donations of listeners. If you are able to help with a donation please consider doing so at our Radio Fund page.

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"Nonbeliever Nation" David Niose on Atheists Talk #181, Sunday, August 19th, 2012

ICH BIN ATHEIST SHOE GIVEAWAY!

This morning we held a giveaway on the air for new pair of Ich Bin Atheist Shoes, courtesy of Ich Bin Atheist Shoes owner, David Bonney . The shoes are size 44 Euro (10-10.5 US men, 11.5-12 US women). They are a cream color and made of soft leather.

At about 9:30am CST we asked the trivia question: "What is the title of Charles Darwin's last book and in what year was it published?" David from San Francisco, California was the first to call in with the correct answer: The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms, with Observations on their Habits, published in 1881 - so we'll be sending out your shoes early next week, David. Thanks for playing and congratulations!

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David Niose will join Atheists Talk this Sunday to discuss his new book, Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans. Niose spotlights how Humanists are fighting back against the stranglehold that the Religious Right has on our government, schools and politics. Nonbeliever Nation celebrates the advancements that Humanists have made in this country, and then urges us to go further.

David Niose is the president of the American Humanist Association, an organization devoted to advancing Humanism in the United States.

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Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists and the Humanists of Minnesota. We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. This radio program is put together by dedicated volunteers and the generous donations of listeners. If you are able to help with a donation please consider doing so at our Radio Fund page.

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Jessica Ahlquist on Atheists Talk #180, Sunday, August 12, 2012

Rhode Island is the birthplace of American religious freedom and the wall of separation between church and state. Sometime between its founding and 2010, however, Rhode Island seems to have forgotten this proud part of its history. That was when a new student noticed a banner at Cranston High School West that read:

Our Heavenly Father.

Grant us each day the desire to do our best.
To grow mentally and morally as well as physically.
To be kind and helpful to our classmates and teachers.
To be honest with ourselves as well as with others.
Help us to be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win.
Teach us the value of true friendship.
Help us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to Cranston High School West.

Amen.

This student was Jessica Ahlquist, and her challenge to the legality of the banner under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment made history for for her poise and determination--and for the viciousness with which it was met. Jessica is in town for the American Atheists Regional Convention this weekend, and she will join us in the studio to talk about her court case and about how life has been since it was won.

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Atheists Talk is produced with funding from the Minnesota Atheists and the Humanists of Minnesota. We also wish to thank Q. Cumbers restaurant for purchasing on-air advertising and for providing a great place to eat and gather. This radio program is put together by dedicated volunteers and the generous donations of listeners. If you are able to help with a donation please consider doing so at our Radio Fund page.

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