Episode #8

Topics: Natural disasters & religiosity, Glen Beck, Partners in Non-Believers giving aid, The end times

Download Episode 8 here

Recorded 24/03/2011

Stat Ó the Week

“Church is free entertainment—music, socialising, a bit of story telling, and a meal in the bargain if you’re lucky (or Baptist). When mom and dad are both working, a night at the movies might seem grand. When dad loses his job, church may be the most affordable way to get out of the house.”



Should / Are Atheists Skeptics discussion…


Partners in Non-Believers Giving Aid

Atheist Alliance International

Atheists Helping the Homeless

Atheists United

Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain

Freedom From Religion Foundation

gay & lesbian humanist

James Randi Educational Foundation

Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers

New Humanist magazine


Rationalist Association

Rationalist International

Reasonable New York

Secular Student Alliance

Skeptics in the Pub

The British Humanist Association

The International Humanist and Ethical Union

The Reason Project

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

The Skeptic Magazine

The Skeptics Society

Unreasonable Faith

We would love to add more organizations to the list – contact rec@RichardDawkins.net


VISIT: http://givingaid.richarddawkins.net/



Glen Beck


(Newser) – Japan’s massive earthquake was probably a message from God, and Glenn Beck says the big guy’s clearly not very happy. So what’s the message? It’s not entirely clear, but what we’re doing is all wrong, and we should be following the Ten Commandments, not like “radical” Islamists, Beck counsels. “We can’t see the connections here,” he said. “I’m not saying God is causing earthquakes—well, I’m not not saying that either!”

“What God does is God’s business,” Beck explained on his program. “But I’ll tell you this: There’s a message being sent. And that is, ‘Hey you know that stuff we’re doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.’ I’m just saying.” The solution? “The answer is, buckle up!” Beck says. “Because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”





End Times


Crazy Talk

“Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing,” he first tweeted on Friday morning. Later in the afternoon, he said, “Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoe’s from LA,Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol.”



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5 responses to “Episode #8”

  1. Montana says :

    When I was a kid I lived in Utah, and the Boy Scouts was taken over by Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS Church). This, so called religion, practices underage polygamy, they send the boy s off on missions to divide the underage sisters among the dirty old men of the clan. Now when these underage girls get pregnant, these same dirty old men, send them to the state to get their welfare checks . You should see some of the palace homes that are paid with welfare checks (not on just one of course). By the way this is the newest religion that was created right here in United States of America, I guess their also in AZ, CA, NM, TX, NV, CO, OK. When someone hides behind religion to do or say something that is wrong we should stand up and point it out (right the wrong). Someone should ask Glenn Beck about it, he seems to have all the answers.

    • Soo says :

      Any relationship configuration is valid, as it’s all made up at the end of the day, once you pull religious sentiment and ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ out of it.

      Three woman and one man? Two men and one woman? Three woman and no men? Whatever hey. Go for it! What sours it for me are the women in these plural marriages who are saying; yeah.. its a big trial, and its full of suffering, and I hate sharing, but I do it because god commands it (flavors of that in the clip). When that happens, it is bat-shit religion disempowering people and more often than not, those people seem to be women.

      If I was a man and was going to invent a religion like Smith did, I am sure I would also have an addendum about getting to have as many wives as possible… him and every other cult leader, seem to like that one in the fine print…

      If those women were saying; I love it and I do less chores and I get more spare time.. woohoo! There would be no issue and I would be standing right behind their right to do whatever they like, as if it was consensual (and from a happy willing non grovelling before an imaginary god place) it would be no different to gay marriage, open marriage, polyamoury or any other unconventional relationship structure.

  2. Michael Meadon says :

    Wow. Straw man people much?

  3. Southern Skeptic says :

    Hey Guys, I had fun listening to this one.

    What does skepticism mean to me?
    That is an interesting question. To me, skepticism means applying evidence based thinking to claims. Any claim is open to skeptical questioning, and it is up the proponent of a specific claim to provide evidence for that claim.

    In my opinion, skepticism and application of the scientific method is the most valid way of perceiving the world.

    To me, skepticism is not a club, it is a philosophy (I suspect that is the straw man argument that Mike mentioned). How that manifests can be quite different from person to person or group to group. I think it very unlikely that one can be a skeptic and not an atheist (whether a strong or weak athesit) However it is possible to be an atheist and not be a skeptic. Consider the Raelians, for example. They are certainly very credulous, but they don’t beleave in god.

    I agree with Brian’s summation, assuming the default scientific position is sensible, based on the fact that science is very good at filtering out crud and keeping gold over a long time.

    Missionaries and disasters:
    Missionaries flock to disasters like flies to horse shit. I suppose some of them really want to help, but how many really do, and how many want to spread their mind virus?
    However, as a humanist, I have to accept that a life saved by a christian organisation is still a life saved [lol – I typed that shortly before Deon mentioned humanism – *snap*]

    End times and disasters:
    An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.5 on the richter scale is negligible (you probably won’t even feel it). Also, interestingly, seismologists don’t use the Richter scale any more, they use the MMS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moment_magnitude_scale

    I had a good giggle shortly after the rapture. A friend of mine (who is a theist of a particularly fundamentalist sect), was explaining to someone else how the harold camping guy was nuts, because the rapture would actually occur only when….. I kind of lost interest at that point, was to busy choking back laugther at the irony.

    Gotta love the JW vision of 1000 years of Jebus ruling. Sounds a bit like a fourth reich?

    Fitty’s tweets:
    Srsly? what a loser.

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