Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 66: Shulem Deen, Former Hasidic Jew

Our latest podcast guest is Shulem Deen, a former Hasidic Jew.

Since leaving that world, Shulem has founded the website Unpious which is a voice for other ultra-Orthodox Jews who may be rethinking their faith. His new memoir is called All Who Go Do Not Return.

We spoke with Shulem about the hypocrisy of Hasidic Jews regarding modern technology, how that community reacted to an episode of This American Life focusing on them, and how America Online became his gateway to the outside world.

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College Football Analyst Sues Fox Sports, Saying He Was Fired Because of His Christian Beliefs

In 2013, former NFL running back Craig James (below) was fired from his job as an analyst on Fox Sports Southwest after only one appearance on air.

The official reason was that he was just “not a good fit” at the network and a “polarizing figure in the college sports community.”

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“In God We Trust” Stickers on Police Cars Lead to Dueling Protests in Florida

Bonifay, Florida is another city where the local police chief has put “In God We Trust” stickers on all the department’s vehicles for reasons that *totally* have nothing to do with Jesus. (All hail Jesus.)

It’s a decision that led to dueling protests over the weekend:



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Donald Trump: I Don’t Know If I’ll Campaign for Atheist Votes Since They “Might Not Like Me”

We know Donald Trump calls himself religious (“I go to church”) and is trying to win over the GOP’s conservative base, even if he’s horrible at speaking Christian-ese.

Given his attempts to reach out to religious voters, Trump was asked at a recent campaign stop in Iowa whether he would also try to get the votes of atheists:



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Columnist Trashes “The Book of Mormon” Musical… Even Though He Didn’t See It

“The Book of Mormon” musical recently opened in Salt Lake City for the first time and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. (As it should be, because that musical is fantastic.)

Jim Bennett, however, is not a fan. He slammed the show in a critique for the Mormon Church-owned Deseret News:

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