Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 69: Dan Barker, Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation

Our latest podcast guest is Dan Barker, a former minister and co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (along with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor).

Barker was a teenage evangelist and longtime preacher before he stepped away from God for good. In addition to his work with the FFRF, he’s also the author of Godless (2008) and Life Driven Purpose (2015).

I spoke with Barker about why he goes on The Daily Show even when the segments aren’t very kind to him, his next project encouraging people to read the Bible, and how all Christian ministers are “slaves traders.” (Yep.)

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Islamic Lecturer Hamza Tzortzis Explains Why His Data Was Found in the Ashley Madison Hack

This is Hamza Tzortzis, a Muslim apologist and lecturer for the Islamic Education and Research Academy:

And here’s Tzortzis explaining how his name, address, birth date, and credit card number — all of which were found linked together in the Ashley Madison data hack — don’t implicate him at all, because identity theft. (Yeah, that’s the ticket…)

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Foo Fighters Counter Westboro Baptist Church Protest with Rick Astley Dance Party

If you’re the Foo Fighters and you’re playing in Kansas City, you can bet the Westboro Baptist Church will make an appearance. (All publicity is good publicity for the WBC.)

But the band refused to let the anti-gay hate group steal their thunder. They drove in on a pick-up truck playing Rick Astley‘s “Never Gonna Give You Up,” turning whatever attention the Christian extremists were getting into a giant dance party.

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Jesus Pets a Jackalope on Billboard Advertising South Dakota Atheist Conference

This coming Saturday, I’ll be speaking at SkepDakota in Sioux Falls. (If you’re in the area, check it out!)

How do you advertise a conference like that? The organizers, who had a few extra dollars in their budget, were able to get a billboard featuring Jesus petting a jackalope. Because why not, that’s why.

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Christian YouTuber Sam Rader Says God Has Forgiven Him for His Ashley Madison Account

Following revelations that he had a paid account on cheating website Ashley Madison, Christian YouTuber Sam Rader responded to the claims yesterday by saying it’s all true, but it’s all good because God forgave him. As he spoke, his wife Nia smiled and nodded alongside him:

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