Podcast Ep. 95: Jeffrey Tayler, Author and Salon Columnist

Our latest podcast guest is Jeffrey Tayler, an author and columnist at Salon, where he writes wonderful articles defending atheists and criticizing the Religious Right.

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Tayler is also the Russia correspondent for the Atlantic. His latest book is called Topless Jihadis: Inside Femen, the World’s Most Provocative Activist Group.

I spoke with him about Salon‘s reputation for publishing just about anything criticizing atheists, what the public doesn’t understand about the New Atheists, and the impact religion will have on the 2016 elections.

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Louisiana Police Chief Does “Research” on Critics Who Dislike His “In God We Trust” Initiative

A couple of days ago, Chief Tim Lentz of the Covington Police Department (in Louisiana) wrote on Facebook about his decision to put “In God We Trust” stickers on all the vehicles.


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Conservatives Are Forgetting What Jesus Said in Their Criticism of Pope Francis’ Wall Comments

When it comes to taking rights away from other people, nothing is more important to conservatives that meeting biblical demands (or at least those demands they attribute to the Bible). Oddly enough, that paramount importance is lost when following biblical principles would interfere with enacting conservative policy. And conservatives go to great lengths to explain away or ignore those parts of the Bible.

For example, Pope Francis’ recent comments about Donald Trump? Well they present a veritable case study in conservative eagerness to disregard scripture. When asked, the Pope said:

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Trump on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome after his six-day visit to Mexico.

This has since prompted a flurry of responses from conservatives — including the following, from (Catholic) Sean Hannity:


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How Bernie Sanders’ Jewish Background Might Impact the Election

Though it wasn’t the main narrative coming out of the New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders made history that night as the first American Jew to win a primary in a major party’s nominating contest. That this flew under the radar is not surprising. Sanders only really talks about his faith when asked. It’s never been a big focus for him. But as national polls put him neck and neck with Clinton and more people view him as a serious contender for the presidency, it’s fair to wonder what role his faith might play in the election.


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Donald Trump Praises General Who Allegedly Killed 49 Muslims with Bullets Dipped in Pig’s Blood

Just when you think Donald Trump can’t get any worse, he finds a way to outdo himself.

This time, he told a (fictional, as far as we can tell) story involving torture and murder of Muslims in order to show them a lesson.


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