The Struggle of Leaving Your Faith, Brought to You by Oprah Winfrey Circa 1984

If you’ve ever heard the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Dan Barker give a talk or if you’ve read his book Godless (a.k.a. Losing Faith in Faith), then you know that he met his future wife (and current FFRF co-president) Annie Laurie Gaylor on a taping of a morning talk show in Chicago hosted by a relatively-unknown-at-the-time Oprah Winfrey.

It was 1984 and the topic was people who have left their faith. (A far cry from The Secret-promoting Oprah we saw many years later.)

Annie Laurie and her mother Anne Gaylor — who started FFRF — appear right at the beginning, while Dan appears at the 6:15 mark.

Sparks are flying :) (I assume.)

Not a bad show, though — well moderated, despite the few well-meaning trolls, and a substantive discussion.

Nearly 30 years later, it’s interesting to see the same topics being revisited, especially with all the attention being paid to the Clergy Project. Sad, though, that atheists still have to go through so much struggle when coming out of the closet.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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