Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 80: Shawna Leneé, Porn Star

Our latest podcast guest is Shawna Leneé, an openly atheist adult film star.

Shawna has appeared on the cover of Penthouse and won an AVN award for “Unsung Starlet of the Year.” She left the adult industry temporarily, at which point she attended college began a couple of small businesses, but she’s back making movies now. (You should assume everything in this interview is NSFW.)

We spoke with Shawna about why she believes her atheism is the most controversial thing about her, whether she meets a lot of religious people on set, and what she plans to tell her kids about her career.

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Canadian Government Will Allow Scientists to “Speak Freely,” Reversing Years of Conservative Damage

In the United States, we have an entire party that trashes what scientists say.

In Canada, under new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, scientists are finally getting a chance to do their jobs — and tell the public about it — without the foot of the government keeping them down:

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After Afghani Woman is Stoned to Death, Even a Government Official Stands By Her Punishment

Last week, we learned about a young woman who was stoned to death after eloping with a man she loved in order to escape the future husband her parents had picked out for her. The man in question was given 100 lashes and let go.

Now, the New York Times reports that Afghani President Ashraf Ghani has ordered an investigation into the matter.

The problem is that one of his investigators is a mullah who thinks adulterers should absolutely be stoned to death… which makes you wonder what, exactly, they’re investigating.

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Mormon Elder Clarifies New Anti-Gay Policies, but the Critics Were Right All Along

Now that the Mormon Church is officially calling gay people in same-sex relationships “apostates” and forbidding their children from being baptized or confirmed unless they disavow their parents’ love for each other, they’re in damage control mode. People are resigning and they feel the media has been unfair to them.

That’s why, on Friday night, the Church released a video interview with Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He’s a high-ranking Church leader, so he could set the record straight!

Instead, all he did was reiterate how the critics had everything exactly right.

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Sen. Ted Cruz: Atheists Aren’t “Fit to Be Commander-in-Chief of This Nation”

On Friday, at a conference sponsored by Pastor Kevin Swanson (who thinks gay people should be put to death), Sen. Ted Cruz was one of three candidates who took the stage.

Swanson asked him the softball question of whether or not the President of the United States needed to fear God. That’s when Cruz began salivating:

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