Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 33: Fred Clark, Progressive Christian Blogger

Our latest podcast guest is Fred Clark, the progressive Christian blogger who writes at Slacktivist, here on the Patheos network.

Fred is one of those Christians who defies all the stereotypes atheists tend to have of Christians. He’s for gay marriage, critical of church leaders, and constantly frustrated with what his “tribe” does in the name of Jesus.

We spoke with Fred about why he’s still working on the longest-running book review ever, what will happen to the Christian church after gay marriage becomes legal everywhere, and how Christians can change church culture from the inside.

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No, Dutch Bankers Don’t Have to Swear an Oath to God

If you read this New York Times article about banking in the Netherlands, you might be forgiven for thinking government officials want bankers to swear an oath to God:



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Lamar Advertising Rejected a Harmless Atheist Billboard, but They Allowed This Christian One?

In 2009, the Freedom From Religion Foundation wanted to put up this billboard in Alabama:

At the time, Lamar Advertising rejected the ad, with the local general manager saying this:

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Principal, After Being Told Students Can Sit During the Pledge, Tells Employee to “Say It Loud, Make Them Mad”

We know some students have it rough when it comes to sitting down during the Pledge of Allegiance, but rarely have I seen a principal become as unhinged as Gerard LeBlanc of Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna, Louisiana did.



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Three Are Killed, Including Islamist Hostage-Taker, When Security Forces Storm Sydney Café

A day-long standoff between police and an Iranian-born gunman who had taken 17 hostages in a coffee house in downtown Sydney ended in bloodshed when Australian security forces swept in upon hearing shots fired inside. Two of the hostages were killed, as was the gunman, who had earlier forced his captives to hold up a black flag with the text “There is no god but God and Mohammed is his messenger.” Four others were wounded, including a policeman who was shot in the face.

From the Associated Press:

Police raided the Lindt Chocolat Cafe after they heard a number of gunshots from inside, said New South Wales state police Commissioner Andrew Scipione. “They made the call because they believed that at that time, if they didn’t enter, there would have been many more lives lost,” he said.

The gunman was identified as Man Haron Monis, who once was prosecuted for sending offensive letters to families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan. … The standoff ended when a loud bang was heard from the cafe and five people ran out. Shortly after, police swooped in, amid heavy gunfire, shouts and flashes. A police bomb disposal robot also was sent into the building, but no explosives were found.



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