Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 56: Lloyd Evans, Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchdog

Our latest podcast guest is Lloyd Evans, the founder of, a website that focuses on the problems with Jehovah’s Witnesses.

For most of his life, Evans was a Witness. But that changed not too long ago. Now he’s trying to help others leave the faith.

(On a personal note, I’ve learned so much about the seedy underbelly of the religion by reading his work.)

We spoke with Evans about why JWs are suddenly getting more attention, the most painful aspect of leaving the faith, and the awful afterlife in store for those who didn’t make the cut for the “chosen” 144,000.

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I’m the Student Who Spoke About My Jehovah’s Witness Past on YouTube

My name is Brie. I’m 18 and a senior at Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. I graduate next week. And until I spoke about my religious history in class, in a video you might have seen online, I’d never shared that information publicly. My classmates were shocked that I was ever a Jehovah’s Witness.

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Ray Comfort: Josh Duggar Wasn’t Really a Christian When He Molested Those Girls

Besides the awful acts themselves, I think what bothers me the most about this whole Josh Duggar story is how other Christian conservatives are just jumping to his defense.

Mike Huckabee called Duggar’s molesting of five girls “regrettable,” adding that nobody’s perfect and that Duggar should be forgiven since he “confessed his sins.” (Take a wild guess how Huckabee would react if, say, we found out President Obama did something similar when he was younger.)

That’s pretty bad. But Ray Comfort‘s defense of Duggar will leave you speechless:

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5 Reasons You May Not Want to Come Out as an Atheist

The video below, part of The Atheist Voice series, discusses 5 reasons you may *not* want to come out as an atheist.

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Arkansas School Board Member Cyberbullies Student for Supporting LGBT Rights

The Bentonville School Board in Arkansas is currently debating whether or not to “add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected statuses under the School District’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy.”

You’d have to be a pretty horrible person to oppose that, since leaving it out would allow LGBT teachers to be fired purely on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Unfortunately, some of those horrible people are on the school board.

Like Rebecca Powers, who made this comment on Facebook following a student-led demonstration in favor of changing the policy:

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