Inquiring Minds: A New Science Podcast

Chris Mooney and Indre Viskontas were the hosts of the excellent Point of Inquiry podcast before a kerfuffle of sorts. They’ve since started a new podcast called Inquiring Minds:

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The Jesus-Backed Pension Plans Are Failing

You may have heard about Christian health insurance exchanges, where a group of Christians put some amount of money each month into a giant pot to take care of the group. If anyone gets sick, they get the money they need (along with prayers). The exchanges don’t cover things like abortions or drug rehab and there’s also a cap on what you can receive… so the insurance works, until it doesn’t. Even if it makes no sense to us, it’s easy to understand why some Christians would want to join up.

I didn’t realize that this sort of anti-government “we’ll do everything ourselves” mindset applied to pensions, too. That’s what some Catholic hospitals are doing, and the people who unwittingly put their future in the hands of their Catholic overlords are only now discovering that they’re royally screwed:

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Wearing Jesus & Mo Shirts Doesn’t Mean You’re Discriminating Against Christians and Muslims

The London School of Economics is not a very welcome place for atheists who criticize aspects of Islam.

Last year, when the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society at the school voted to change their name to the Atheist Secularists Humanists & Ex-Muslims Society, the LSE said they couldn’t do it because it would draw attention to ex-Muslims. So instead of punishing groups who might target the apostates, they punished the atheists who were welcoming them with open arms.

Also, last year, when the group posted a Jesus & Mo webcomic on their Facebook page, the LSE Student Union condemned the group and put out a statement explaining their stance “against any form of racism and discrimination on campus”… as if a webcomic that pokes fun at religious belief was an example of discrimination.

And also last year (what the hell), at a different school, an atheist group was kicked out of the organization fair because they named a pineapple “Muhammad” and students got offended. (Forget bananas and atheists; pineapples are the Muslims’ worst nightmare, I guess.)

The latest kerfuffle involve two students, Abhishek Phadnis and Chris Moos. They were manning the ASHS table at an organization fair (“Freshers’ Fair”) until a staffer told them they had to remove their “offensive” shirts featuring the title characters from Jesus & Mo:

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Oklahoma City Mayoral Candidate is Courting the Atheist Vote

Dr. Ed Shadid, a current Oklahoma City councilman, is running for mayor and has a bit of an uphill climb ahead of him since he’s running against the incumbent, popular Mayor Mick Cornett‎.

It’s worth noting, though, that Shadid is courting the atheist vote. According to a now-deleted Tweet, Chas Stewart of the Oklahoma Atheists Godcast mentioned that Shadid attended one of his group’s events.

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Foundation Beyond Belief Announces Q4 2013 Slate of Charities

The Foundation Beyond Belief has just announced its five beneficiaries for the new quarter — each charity will likely receive several thousands of dollars, courtesy of atheist donors:

POVERTY & HEALTH: Water Ecuador

HUMAN RIGHTS: Apopo

CHALLENGE THE GAP: Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

EDUCATION: Roots and Wings International

THE NATURAL WORLD: Bat Conservation International

SMALL GRANT: Kiva microfinance

For the first time ever, I’m giving part of my donations this month to the Challenge the Gap nominee!

If you’re not already a member of the Foundation, please consider joining!

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