Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 31: Lucien Greaves, Spokesperson for The Satanic Temple

Our latest podcast guest is Lucien Greaves, spokesperson for The Satanic Temple:

You know his organization because they’ve been very active recently regarding church/state separation issues. In Oklahoma, where there was a Ten Commandments monument near the Capitol building, Greaves’ group requested putting up a statue of Baphomet… leading to all sorts of chaos. They’ve also tried to put up a Satanic display in the Florida Capitol building. And, my favorite, after a Florida school district allowed an outside group to do a Bible giveaway for students, they requested to distribute a Satanic coloring book… which may lead to an end to outside book distributions for good in that district.

We spoke with Lucien about how he doesn’t actually believe in Satan, what his group’s relationship is like with other Satanic groups, and why they conducted a Pink Mass over the grave of Fred Phelps‘ mother.

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New Zealand Government Says No to Church’s Charter School Plans Fearing Religious Coercion of Students

When a church applies to run a taxpayer-funded charter school, does anyone seriously trust them to do the right thing? They almost did in New Zealand until the evidence showed otherwise:

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Carl Sagan’s Voice Guides Us Through Human Exploration of the Solar System in This Beautiful Short Film

Digital artist and animator Erik Wernquist created a really beautiful film using the words of Carl Sagan (reading from A Pale Blue Dot).

The short film, called Wanderers, is all about human exploration of the solar system:

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The Necessity of Secularism

Not every major conflict in the world is based in religion, but far too many of them are, and it’s time we realized the importance of secularism as a requirement for democracy, civil rights, and freedom of conscience. That’s the argument advanced by Center for Inquiry President Ron Lindsay in his new book The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What to Do (Pitchstone Publishing, 2014):

In the excerpt below, Lindsay talks about the prejudice against atheists:

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Atheist Displays Go Up in Arlington Heights (Illinois) Park

For the third straight year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation chapter in Chicago has put up an atheist display at North School Park in the city of Arlington Heights. It comes in response to a Nativity Scene that will also be on the property. This year, the atheists put up a five-foot-tall Scarlet A:

There’s also an “Are you Good Without God? Millions are” banner from the Chicago Coalition of Reason:

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