October 6, 2007 - Special Guest: Christopher Hitchens
This was the first nationally broadcast episode, so it includes a brief introduction to the hosts of the show. Earlier episodes of the show feature full host interviews (Loosing Faith in Faith & Religion's Harm to Women)
First billboard unveiled.
Theocracy Alert. 65% of Americans think the US is a christian nation. This is not the case, no matter what presidential candidates might say otherwise.
Jeremy Hall was scheduled to be interviewed for this episode, but was unable to appear. Mikey Weinstein substituted for him, and detailed the events that led up to the filing of the lawsuit at Military Religious Freedom.
Christopher Hitchens (God Is Not Great) brings such a weight of understanding to the subject of religion (like Richard Dawkins) one is almost compelled to agree with him. Or maybe (also like Richard Dawkins) it's the British accent. In either case, it makes for great listening.
"Stay Away from Priests" -Verde
2006 Archive episode.
October 7, 2006 - Vashti McCollum: Champion of the First Amendment
Cambridge Companion to Atheism is referenced concerning the numbers of non-believers.
Theocracy Alert. List of bills before Congress that were of concern. Discussion of the appropriateness of practicing Catholics sitting on the Supreme Court bench, especially when it comes to ruling on the subject of abortion. School shootings in the news.
Jim McCollum's interview follows the events that lead up to McCollum vs. Board of Education
and the intensified harassment that ensued after the case was filed. Listening to the interview, one wonders what more the devout might have done to insure that the case was filed, and then pursued until won.
All establishment cases since McCollum cite it as the precedent that enables suit to be brought. FFrF has produced a documentary on Vashti McCollum Champions of the First Amendment. Her book, One Woman's Fight is also available (?) from FFrF.
Dan performs "Freethinker Blues"