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"Strange Gods" Susan Jacoby on Atheists Talk #352 March 27, 2016

Susan Jacoby is a writer and author whose works have focused on atheism, secularism, American history and public discourse. She is the author of thirteen books, and spent much of her career as a reporter for various publications including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, Mother Jones, The Nation, Glamour, and the AARP Bulletin and AARP Magazine. Susan Jacoby is a member of the honorary boards of the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the Center for Inquiry, a secular think tank.

Susan Jacoby joins Atheists Talk radio on Sunday to discuss her newest book, Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion.

Focusing on the long, tense convergence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—each claiming possession of absolute truth—Jacoby examines conversions within a social and economic framework that includes theocratic coercion (unto torture and death) and the more friendly persuasion of political advantage, economic opportunism, and interreligious marriage. Moving through time, continents, and cultures—the triumph of Christianity over paganism in late antiquity, the Spanish Inquisition, John Calvin’s dour theocracy, Southern plantations where African slaves had to accept their masters’ religion—the narrative is punctuated by portraits of individual converts embodying the sacred and profane.

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Finally, Jacoby offers a powerful case for religious choice as a product of the secular Enlightenment. In a forthright and unsettling conclusion linking the present with the most violent parts of the West’s religious past, she reminds us that in the absence of Enlightenment values, radical Islamists are persecuting Christians, many other Muslims, and atheists in ways that recall the worst of the Middle Ages.

Tune in this Sunday for our discussion with Susan Jacoby!

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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.

"Atheist Visibility in Politics" Justin Scott on Atheists Talk #351 March 20, 2016

Justin Scott joins Atheists Talk again to discuss the newest news of atheist visibility in this political 2016. Justin joined us in January before the Iowa caucuses, and as you know, a lot has changed (although so much has stayed the same) on the political landscape in the past two months.

Justin Scott is a professional photographer and graphic designer who has a remarkable talent for advocating his atheist worldview among some of the most influential politicians in the nation. Justin is currently working with the Secular Coalition of Iowa to increase atheist visibility and voices this election cycle. Justin has found great success in engaging nearly every single major political candidate for the presidency, and his videos engaging those candidates have gone viral, including features on major news networks. Justin was recently Dave Silverman’s invited guest at CPAC. There he worked to increase the visibility of atheist voters and to highlight how atheism isn’t relegated to any single political party, age group, or voter demographic.

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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.

"Death With Dignity" Janet Conn on Atheists Talk #350, March 5, 2016

Janet Conn is the president of the Minnesota chapter of Compassion & Choices, a national nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end-of-life. Janet will be on to discuss the issue of end-of-life care and death with dignity laws, including the current proposal underway in Minnesota's 2015-2016 legislative session.

Join us this Sunday as we discuss death with dignity from atheist and Humanist perspectives.

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Listen to AM 950 KTNF on Sunday at 9 a.m. Central to hear Atheists Talk, produced by Minnesota Atheists. Stream live online. Call in to the studio: 952-946-6205, or send an e-mail to radio@mnatheists.org during the live show.

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.

"Americans United" David Pacheco on Atheists Talk #349, February 28, 2016

Americans United for Separation for the Separation of Church and State is a non-partisan, non-sectarian organization that advocates for the separation of church and state. AU's advocacy efforts are based on the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. AU supports grassroots organization and education, advises on and fights for legal issues, and promotes legislative efforts. The type of issues that AU takes on is varied - discrimination, marriage, reproductive rights, government subsidies for religion, religion in public schools, school vouchers and the judiciary are just a few. 

This Sunday the president of the Minnesota Chapter of Americans United, David Pacheco, will join us to discuss the principles that AU support and the work that the national and Minnesota chapters are currently doing.

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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.

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