Rhode Island became the nation’s 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry Thursday, and the final state in New England to make the decision.
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The second presidential debate, Gawker’s outing of Reddit user Violentacrez, and the dangers of playground monkey bars, on this week’s DoubleX Gabfest. - Slate Magazine
Become a fan of DoubleX on Facebook. Leave us love letters and see what other listeners are saying about the Gabfest. Listen to the DoubleX Gabfest with this audio player, or by using one of the other options below: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX…
It was Pride weekend and this show aired mere hours after NYC’s world famous Pride Parade, celebrating the rights and accomplishments of the GLBT Community.
“For years the issue of same-sex marriage has electrified the political landscape. But is marriage a religious institution? And if so, should the government be granting privileges to any couples? Or does marriage benefit civic society, and is it wrong to let religious objections keep certain couples from participating?
Also, is marriage a humanist institution?
Join your host Michael O’Neil as we review this issue and take your calls on Equal Time For Freethought!”
Michael O’Neil interviews Stuart Brown, MD about his book Play: How It Shapes The Brain, Opens The Imagination, and Invigorates The Soul. Stuart is the founder of the National Institute For Play, supporting research on play as a biological drive in nature and an essential component of society and personal development.
What is play?
Why does a Humanist movement need play?
What is a play history and what is your play personality?
Stuart Brown, M.D. is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, clinical researcher, and the founder of the National Institute for Play. He speaks regularly to Fortune 500 companies and groups across the country on the importance of play in our lives. Most recently, he appeared at the New York Public Library. The producer of a three-part PBS series, The Promise of Play, he has also appeared on NPR and was featured in a cover story in The New York Times Magazine.
The Best Church of God!
Without church, many have asked for more community and fun in the atheist and freethinking community. This void is being filled in a unique and hilarious way by the Chicago based satirical performance group, “The Best Church of God.” Join us for performance sketches and an interview by Sunsara Taylor with cast members of the group.
From the Best Church of God website:
“Historians will say the Best Church of God was founded in early 2008. The truth is, the BCOG started some 6,000 years ago when the Almighty created the earth (see the book of Genesis for accurate, irrefutable details). And while we are not the first to worship, fear, and consume the Lord, we are the first to do it correctly.
“We are a unique denomination of Christ-followers who believe in the absolute, literal, and unerring word of the Bible as set forth in the original English. The Lord has chosen the Best Church of God as His only official assembly of worship. Being the true Crusaders for Christ, we will stop at nothing to prove to the unbelievers that true faith requires no proof, convert the sinners to the morality only Christianity can provide, and smite those who stand in the way our blessed mission. In the war of religions, God is only on one side: ours. He told us so.”
One-Hour Easter Day Special w/Arnell Dowret
This Easter our basket truly overflowith as we examine…
Naturalistic Christianity, or “Everybody Else Does It So Why Can’t We?”
Is it possible that there can be completely naturalistic approach to being a Christian? This Easter we’ll be taking your calls to hear your views on this question.
We’ll also be featuring a special rebroadcast of what, to date, is the last known public debate between Jesus Christ and the Easter Bunny - recorded just months before the Bunny tragically contracted Type-2 Genital Herpes, and loath to pass it on, voluntarily went into seclusion
“Upholding the Separation of Church and State” w/ Special Guest Ellery Schempp
One of the most important topics for secularists and humanists is the separation of church and state. But it is important for all Americans because it prevents any one particular religion from taking control of the country. As we have seen however, church and state is not always kept separate. Luckily, we have individuals such as Ellery Schempp to defend the Establishment Claus of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Tonight, ETFF’s new edition, Matthew LaClair, will be interviewing Dr. Schempp, who was the primary student involved in the landmark Supreme Court case Abington School District v. Schempp in 1963 which declared that forced Bible reading in public schools was unconstitutional. Dr. Schempp, a physicist by trade, is also subject of the book, Ellery’s Protest: How One Young Man Defied Tradition and Sparked the Battle over School Prayer, by Stephen D. Solomon.
Morality Without Gods II: A Preview
This program, co-hosted by Sunsara Taylor and Paul Eckstein, was a preview of the following event:
Morality Without Gods: Part 2
Across the planet with unjust wars, uncertainty & convulsions in people’s lives, belief in gods and religion is rising. Broad controversy and debate rages over god, atheism, faith, and science. Last November, an overflow crowd came out at NYU for Morality Without Gods: Part 1. Part 2 will focus on these three questions:
* If you don’t believe in god, where do you get your morality from? * Why is science not just “another belief system”? * Could we/should we do away with belief in gods?
It can be argued that perhaps the key issue which separates the United States from the other 17 world democracies is that this nation was built in no small way on the backs of chattel slavery, an institution which has had an impact not only on the “race” of people whom were enslaved, but the entire sociopolitical structure of the nation itself. Not only has slavery, and the justification of slavery and domination which we know today as racism, affected the relationships between those of African-Americans and the dominant “race” (Caucasians) - as well as other people of color whose entrance and experiences in this nation, however problematic, were different by the very nature of how they came to be in America - but it has also blurred the line between the powerful and rich and the rest of us who share a class consciousness’ (or who should!)