Podcast Ep. 89: Cristin Padgett, Openly Atheist Texas House Candidate

Our latest podcast guest is Cristin Padgett, a Democrat hoping to win a seat in the Texas State House.

She’s doing that in a heavily gerrymandered district in a very red part of the state. What makes her candidacy so unique, though, is that she has made public the fact that she’s an atheist, making her one of the only openly non-theistic candidates this election cycle in any part of the country. Not exactly part of anyone’s playbook in Texas politics.

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We spoke with Padgett about how she can convince Texans in her district to support her, what she could accomplish with a Republican majority in the House, and what she learned from the failed gubernatorial campaign of Wendy Davis.

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Three Reasons the Bible Is Not the Inerrant Word of God

The view that the Bible is the perfect word of God is one that’s commonly held by Christians… but demonstrably false.

I have such great interest in the Bible that I have devoted much of my life to studying it. But revealing it as the imperfect text it is has become especially important because of the many efforts to use the idea of biblical inerrancy to manipulate others in ways that are often against their best interests.

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Pastor’s “Research” Into Near Death Experiences Affirms Biblical Account of Heaven

John Burke, the founding pastor of Gateway Church in Texas, has written a book all about “near death experiences” — and how they point to the truth of the Bible. And it’s totally scientific, you guys.

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The $58 Million Frivolous Lawsuit Against Richard Dawkins is Finally Over

Several months after it was filed, the $58 million lawsuit against Richard Dawkins has finally been resolved.

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The lawsuit was filed by Karl L. Dahlstrom, a self-proclaimed “modern Renaissance man” who wrote an anti-evolution book called The Organized Universe in 2013. That book offered “scientific proof” that Darwinism was a hoax. To no one’s surprise, the experts were not convinced.

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Why You Shouldn’t Give Money to the Salvation Army

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses why you shouldn’t donate money to the Salvation Army.

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