Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 52: Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s Trace Beaulieu And Frank Conniff

Our latest podcast guests are Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff, best known for their work on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

At the American Atheists 2015 convention in Memphis, Tennessee, Jessica spoke with Trace and Frank about the genesis of MST3K, what they think about podcasts, and whether it’s tough to be known only for the show rather than their other projects.

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Ken Ham: Creationism is True Because a Teenager Drew This Picture

Ken Ham loves to talk about children and how they really grasp his message… which makes sense since he can really only get through to people who haven’t learned how to ask critical questions.

His latest post involves a picture drawn by a 13-year-old fan from Minnesota:

This drawing illustrates the battle between creation and evolution, and I am thrilled to see young people understanding these issues and standing firmly on God’s Word from the very beginning.

Besides the fact that the doodle doesn’t showcase any “understanding” of the issue, I would just point out a few things…

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Tony Perkins Forgot That He Supports Impeaching Supreme Court Justices if They Vote for Marriage Equality

On Sunday’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer asked anti-gay-rights leader Tony Perkins whether he ever said Supreme Court justices who rule in favor of marriage equality should be impeached (at the 3:33 mark).

Perkins denied every saying such a thing.



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Media Outlets Backtrack on Their Reporting After Famed Wellness “Guru” Belle Gibson Admits Cancer Hoax

Retractions on Internet news sites have been quite the common sight for the last few days in the wake of a shocking admission of a hoax that’s shaken the alternative health community. Will the media finally start paying more attention to skeptics who saw this coming?

Until last month, 23-year-old Australian Belle Gibson (above) was the world’s latest darling of wellness woo and holistic healing. Gibson was renowned for her claim that she was successfully treating her terminal brain cancer with veganism, yoga, and “detoxing,” after stopping chemotherapy in disgust. In just two years, she became an international media star and millionaire, thanks to Apple, who helped market her Whole Pantry app and nominated it for App of the Year; Penguin Books, who published The Whole Pantryl and a host of major media outlets.

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Christian Pastor: The Passengers on Germanwings Flight 9525 Deserved to Die Because They’re Sinners

About a month ago, Germanwings flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. As we’ve since learned, co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the other pilot out of the cockpit when he went on a bathroom break, and then purposely drove the plane into the mountains on a suicide mission (taking everyone else along with him). Just an awful, awful tragedy.

German televangelist Wolfgang Wegert apparently spoke about the crash last week during a sermon — just two days after the public funeral — and made a stunning declaration (translated below):



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