Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 67: John Dehlin, Founder of the Mormon Stories Podcast

Our latest podcast guest is John Dehlin, founder of the Mormon Stories podcast.

John just completed his PhD in clinical and counseling psychology. His podcast celebrates the faith and also critiques it when necessary. Because of some of his views supporting same-sex marriage and the ordination of women within Mormonism, Dehlin was excommunicated from the Church earlier this year for apostasy. That story was covered in the New York Times.

We spoke with John about how discovering the truth about Mormon history pushed him away from the Church, why he still has a soft spot for the faith, and why Mormons have strategic reasons for standing firm against LGBT rights.

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Glimpses from Last Night’s Atheist-Sponsored Minor-League Baseball Game

Last night, for the fourth consecutive year, the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team became the “Mr. Paul Aints” for a promotion sponsored by the Minnesota Atheists.

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Franklin Graham Makes a Lot of Money for Someone Who Rejected Ministry Pay Years Ago

How much money does a pastor need to make before it looks *really* bad when he says he’s not in it for the money? Six figures? A quarter-million dollars?

How about $880,000?

That’s how much Franklin Graham (below) made last year heading up the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and Samaritan’s Purse (a Christian relief organization), according to the Charlotte Observer:

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If Your Beliefs Are That Simple, Try Again

I’m well aware liberals and atheists have signs at their own events, so we’d be fully guilty of hypocrisy, but here’s a fun way to counter Westboro Baptist Church next time their members appear in your area:

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If They Can’t Give a Secular Invocation, They’re Going to Do Something Awesome Instead

Last week, in North Carolina, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners decided to change their invocation policy. Prayers were gone. Moments of silence were in. It happened in large part because a Muslim delivered the opening prayer and the Commissioners couldn’t deal with it.

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