Podcast Ep. 94: Lyz Liddell, Executive Director of the Reason Rally Coalition

Our latest podcast guest is Lyz Liddell, the Executive Director of the Reason Rally Coalition.

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Before her current job, Lyz worked with the Secular Student Alliance and played a large role in the Openly Secular campaign, which got celebrities like Bill Maher, Arian Foster, and Barney Frank to talk about how they’re not religious and encouraged others to join them.

I spoke with Lyz about the newest slate of speakers at the Rally, how she balances the competing agendas of the various atheist groups participating in the event, what she’s learned from a decade in the movement.

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Iowa County Issues Proclamation Recognizing Darwin Day

The Humanists of Linn County (in Iowa) got their local Board of Supervisors to issue a proclamation recognizing International Darwin Day.

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Ted Cruz Explains Why Atheists Should Support Him While Urging Them to Find God

Last month, Iowan Justin Scott asked Republican Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz why atheists should consider voting for him.

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The response left a lot to be desired. Cruz went off on a monologue about how he hoped Justin would find God before eventually saying he supported freedom of speech and religious freedom. Even though, for Cruz, that amounts to supporting people like Kim Davis who want to use Christianity to deprive others of their civil rights.

Now, in an interview on CBN’s The Brody File, Cruz attempts to moderate his beliefs, saying he’s “not running to be Pastor-In-Chief” and that he’d be a good President for atheists, too:

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I Never Want to Be an Angel

I was smoking my pipe at the edge of a park that had been infested with Word of Life preachers, when young girl approached me. She was about sixteen, short and cute and lightly pimpled. Full of confidence, she smiled, looked me in the eye and asked, “Are you sure you’re going to heaven?”

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I took a pull on my pipe — pipes are great for dramatic pauses — and said, “I sure hope not. All the good musicians are in hell. I like Handel’s Messiah and I’m sure the angels do a kick-ass version, but it would get tiresome after a few days. I want to hear Hendrix and Jerry Garcia and Stevie Ray Vaughn and Janis Joplin and Keith Moon and The Ramones, and I’m sure none of them are in heaven.”

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Bryan Fischer: Methuselah Lived to 969 Because He Was Protected by a “Vapor Canopy”

While there are many parts of the Bible that make people question its legitimacy, the age of Methuselah is a fairly simple one.

How the hell did someone live to the ripe old age of 969?

Don’t worry. Christian Right leader Bryan Fischer has a perfectly logical explanation.

It involves a vapor cloud and radiation and genetics. You know, science.

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