Podcast Ep. 102: Teresa MacBain, Director of the Hotline Project

Our latest podcast guest is Teresa MacBain, director of the Hotline Project, which offers callers who are grappling with their faith a chance to talk (anonymously) with an atheist about any questions or concerns. Their number is 1-84-I-Doubt-It (1-844-368-2848).

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MacBain is a former Methodist pastor and the first female member of the Clergy Project to publicly “come out” as a nonbeliever. She did that at the 2012 American Atheists convention.

We spoke with her about how she began having doubts about religion while in the pulpit, the type of people who call the Hotline Project, and how to volunteer to be on the receiving end of that call.

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Kenyan Government Finally Grants Official Recognition to Atheist Group

The last time we heard about Harrison Mumia and his group Atheists in Kenya, he was trying to officially register his organization (kind of like applying for U.S. non-profit status). It didn’t work. he was rejected because, according to registrar Maria Nyariki, giving them official status would ruin the country:

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But I’m happy to say the decision has been reversed.

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Duck Dynasty Dad Opens NASCAR Race with Prayer That We “Put a Jesus Man in the White House”

Yesterday, in the most stereotypically Southern thing you’ll ever see in your life, Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson gave the opening prayer before NASCAR’s Duck Commander 500 race in Texas.

His invocation included a wish that a Christian man make his way into the White House:

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Religion: It’s About Having Faith in the Unknown… Unless You’re a Jerk

Some wise words from comedian Sarah Silverman:

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An Atheist, a Muslim, and a Jew Walk Onto a Radio Show…

The other day, my podcast co-host Jessica Bluemke appeared on Interfaith Voices alongside two other young podcast hosts to discuss their religion-focused shows. She did a wonderful job and the other guests seemed really interesting, too. Not exactly the type of people you’d get into shouting matches with.

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