Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 23: Juhem Navarro-Rivera, Research Associate with PRRI

Our latest podcast guest is Juhem Navarro-Rivera, research associate at the Public Religion Research Institute. PRRI publishes some of the most important and credible surveys when it comes to tracking religious demographics in the United States.

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Supreme Court Denies Appeal of Preachy Creationist Science Teacher Who Burned a Cross in His Student’s Arm

In a case that’s lasted more than six years, there’s finally a happy resolution in the legal battle between Creationist teacher John Freshwater and the Mount Vernon City School District Board of Education.

A quick refresher: In 2008, school board members voted 5-0 to fire Freshwater, a Mount Vernon Middle School science teacher, after learning that he had preached Creationism to the students, handed out flyers in class urging kids to attend a presentation by the “Answers in Genesis” ministry, left the Bible out on his desk during class even after being told to stop, hung a Ten Commandments sign in his classroom, offered extra credit to students who watched the Ben Stein pro-Intelligent Design movie Expelled, and burned a student in the arm with a Tesla coil… in the shape of a cross:

That set off a long appeals process that led to a 4-3 decision by the Ohio Supreme Court last year in favor of the district. The Court said the district was right to fire Freshwater for his insubordination.

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License? Registration? Have You Accepted Jesus as Your Personal Savior?

This past August, when Ellen Bogan was pulled over by Indiana State Trooper Brian Hamilton for supposedly passing another car illegally (which she denies), she was expecting him to ask her for her license and registration… but she wasn’t expecting questions like these:



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God Healed the Hamsters… and Everyone with Diarrhea

British comedian Robert Popper recently called a faith-healing call-in talk show to tell them about how him hamsters (and those affected by his hamsters) were saved from diarrhea because he watched the show… and, well, have a listen:



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Two Problems with Eastern Religions

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses two problems with Eastern religions:



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