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The Non-Prophets

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    OK Opens Public School Doors to Satan!

    22 JUN. 2024 · If Oklahoma allows Bible class 'released time,' Satanists are eager to pounce The Friendly Atheist, By Hemant Mehta, on June 6th, 2024 https://www.friendlyatheist.com/p/if-oklahoma-allows-bible-class-released In the latest episode of "The Non-Prophets," the discussion focuses on the implications of Oklahoma House Bill 1425. This bill mandates public schools to permit students up to three class absences per week for attending off-campus religious or moral instruction classes. The notable aspect of these classes is that they don't require a standardized curriculum or qualified teachers, yet they count as elective credits towards the students' education. Eli, a panelist on the show, delves into the potential consequences of this bill. He highlights how Oklahoma is known for integrating religious elements, specifically Christianity, into its educational system. The new bill, however, opens the door not just for Christian teachings but also for other religious or moral instructions, including those that might align with Satanic beliefs. This inclusive approach raises questions and concerns about the separation of church and state, the quality of education, and the broader implications for religious freedom and diversity. The panelists discuss the broader societal and educational impacts of this bill. They argue that while the bill ostensibly promotes religious freedom by allowing students to pursue various moral and religious teachings, it also creates a slippery slope. There’s a potential for educational standards to be compromised, given the lack of requirements for a standardized curriculum or qualified instructors for these off-campus classes. Moreover, it raises concerns about the neutrality of public schools, potentially favoring particular religious views over others. Overall, the episode underscores the complex intersection of education, religion, and state policies in Oklahoma. The bill, while promoting religious freedom, also necessitates a deeper examination of its long-term effects on the educational system and societal values. The discussion reflects broader debates about religious influence in public spaces and the importance of maintaining educational integrity. The Non-Prophets, Episode 23.24.4 featuring Jimmy Jr., Sydney Davis Jr. Jr., and Eli Slack
    Escuchado 20m 58s
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    Superintendent Refuses Banned Book from Student

    21 JUN. 2024 · Idaho Graduate Gives Superintendent Copy of 'The Handmaid's Tale' After Book Censorship People, By Carly Tagen-Dye, on May 31, 2024 https://people.com/idaho-graduate-gives-superintendent-copy-of-the-handmaid-s-tale-after-book-censorship-8656592 In Idaho's West Ada School District, a recent high school graduate sparked significant controversy by openly challenging the school superintendent during her graduation ceremony. The student's protest centered on the district's recent decision to ban certain books, including the graphic novel version of "The Handmaid's Tale." She argued that the school officials making these decisions should read the books before deeming them unsuitable for the curriculum. During the ceremony, she walked on stage, showed the book to the audience, and attempted to hand it to the superintendent. When he refused to accept it, she placed the book on the floor and walked off, an act that quickly became a hot topic of discussion. Critics of the student's actions claim that her protest diverted attention from her fellow graduates, suggesting it was unnecessary and disrupted the ceremony. Supporters, however, argue that her actions were a legitimate form of expression and an important statement against censorship. The ensuing debate has split opinions, with some viewing the superintendent's rejection of the book as more disruptive than the protest itself. The incident was captured on video and quickly went viral, bringing national attention to the issue. The controversy extends beyond this single event, shedding light on broader issues of censorship and the banning of books in educational institutions. The banned books list in the district includes titles like "Wicked," "A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard, and "Water for Elephants," among others. The district's justification for these bans, citing strong explicit content, has been met with criticism. Opponents argue that removing these books stifles diverse perspectives and critical thinking, essential components of a robust educational environment. This incident has reignited discussions about the role of education in exposing students to various viewpoints and the dangers of censorship. Advocates for free access to literature stress the importance of students being able to explore different ideas and form their own opinions. They argue that restricting access to certain books can have a long-term negative impact on students' intellectual growth and ability to engage with complex societal issues. In summary, the student's protest at her graduation has become a symbol of the ongoing battle over book censorship in schools. It highlights the tension between protecting students from potentially harmful content and ensuring their right to access diverse information. The incident has spurred a nationwide conversation on how educational institutions can balance these concerns, with many calling for a reevaluation of book banning policies. The Non-Prophets, Episode 23.24.3 featuring Jimmy Jr., Sydney Davis Jr. Jr., and Eli Slack
    Escuchado 20m 34s
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    Forget Taking the Wheel, Bring on the Rapture!

    19 JUN. 2024 · Mark Driscoll Is Praying For Rapture Before Election Day Patheos, By Shawn Paul Wood, on June 5, 2024 https://www.patheos.com/blogs/closetohome/2024/06/mark-driscoll-is-praying-for-rapture-before-election-day/ In a provocative move, Pastor Mark Driscoll of Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, has resorted to a dramatic plea: praying for Armageddon before the upcoming Election Day on November 5th, 2024. This act, seen as a desperate bid to remain relevant, showcases Driscoll’s fear of political and ideological defeat. By tweeting this prayer, Driscoll seems to suggest that divine intervention is necessary to prevent an unfavorable electoral outcome, reflecting a crisis of faith in his political future and a pessimistic view of his influence on American politics. Driscoll’s prayer has sparked significant controversy, with many questioning the alignment of his actions with Christian values. Critics, including fellow Christians, argue that calling for the end of the world is contrary to the pro-life stance typically associated with Christian doctrine. The act has been likened to extreme and irrational behavior, further polarizing opinions within the religious community. The podcast discussion delves into the implications of Driscoll’s prayer. Sydney compares it to a high school breakup threat, highlighting the immaturity and irresponsibility of invoking such fear among believers. Eli questions whether this reflects a broader death cult mentality within Christianity, where the focus on apocalyptic events and martyrdom overshadows the teachings of compassion and life. The debate also touches on the political motivations behind Driscoll’s actions. His alignment with Christian nationalism and support for political candidates who share his views suggest that this prayer for Armageddon might be more about maintaining power and influence than genuine faith. The discussion underscores the cognitive dissonance among some religious leaders who shift their rhetoric based on political convenience. Eli and Sydney also explore the psychological impact of such extreme rhetoric on Driscoll’s congregation. For believers who take the concept of the Rapture seriously, this prayer could induce fear and anxiety, amounting to psychological manipulation. They criticize the irresponsible leadership that exploits faith for political or personal gain, highlighting the long-term harm it can cause to individuals and communities. In summary, Pastor Mark Driscoll’s prayer for Armageddon is seen as a desperate and controversial attempt to influence the political landscape. It raises questions about the ethical responsibilities of religious leaders, the psychological impact on believers, and the intersection of faith and politics. The discussion reveals a deep concern for the integrity of religious teachings and the well-being of congregants in the face of such extreme and manipulative rhetoric.Hashtags: The Non-Prophets, Episode 23.24.2 featuring Jimmy Jr., Sydney Davis Jr. Jr.,and Eli Slack
    Escuchado 21m 1s
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    SBC Falls Short: Protecting Kids Fail

    17 JUN. 2024 · How many churches use background checks? Baptist Standard, By Bob Smietana, on May 20, 2024 https://www.baptiststandard.com/news/faith-culture/how-many-churches-use-background-checks/ SBC abuse reform task force ends its work with no names on database and no long-term planReligion News Service, By Bob Smietana, on June 4, 2024 https://religionnews.com/2024/06/04/sbc-abuse-reform-task-force-ends-its-work-with-no-names-on-database-and-no-long-term-future-plan/ Child predators within religious institutions represent a longstanding and deeply troubling issue. While the Catholic Church often comes to mind due to its notorious worldwide epidemic of child sexual assault spanning centuries, Christian religious organizations in the United States are also plagued by similar abuses. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is a significant example, having repeatedly failed to guarantee the safety of children despite making numerous pledges to implement long-term protections and safety measures. The SBC's inability to protect children highlights a systemic problem within religious organizations. These institutions have struggled to address the internal threats posed by predators within their ranks. This ongoing failure not only undermines their promises but also exposes a severe lack of accountability and transparency. The measures that have been implemented so far appear insufficient or ineffective, leaving many children vulnerable to abuse. This persistent failure to safeguard children reveals a critical need for genuine reform within the SBC and similar organizations. It is essential for these institutions to move beyond mere promises and take concrete actions that prioritize the safety and well-being of children. Failing to do so not only betrays the trust of their congregants but perpetuates a harmful cycle of abuse and suffering. The SBC's struggles serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need for accountability, transparency, and effective child protection measures in religious contexts. The Non-Prophets, Episode 23.24.1 featuring Jimmy Jr., Sydney Davis Jr. Jr., and Eli Slack
    Escuchado 20m 4s
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    Bishop Blesses Trans Man Serving as Church 'Hermit'

    15 JUN. 2024 · Catholic bishop blesses newly out trans man who serves as a church “hermit” LGBTQ Nation, By John Russell , on May 26, 2024 https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2024/05/catholic-bishop-blesses-newly-out-trans-man-who-serves-as-a-church-hermit/  In this segment we delve into the paradoxical plight faced by individuals straddling their LGBTQ identity and their loyalty to religious doctrine, particularly within the rigid confines of Catholicism. Matson's audacious act of publicly embracing his trans identity while cloaked within the traditionally reclusive sphere of a Hermit represents a significant rupture in the facade of the Church's antiquated beliefs and exclusionary practices. Amidst the entrenched dogma of the Catholic Church, Matson's revelation as a trans Hermit serves as a striking indictment of the institution's failure to adapt to the evolving landscape of gender and sexuality. By thrusting himself into the spotlight, Matson exposes the hypocrisy and bigotry entrenched within the Church's teachings, challenging the hierarchy's authority and laying bare its complicity in perpetuating discrimination against LGBTQ individuals. The article sheds light on the covert nature of Matson's existence as a Hermit, highlighting the Church's deliberate efforts to conceal his trans identity and maintain the facade of conformity to traditional gender norms. His subversive act of defiance within the confines of his hermitage illuminates the oppressive nature of religious institutions and their complicity in stifling the authentic expression of gender identity and sexual orientation. Matson's journey serves as a beacon of resistance against the oppressive structures of the Catholic Church, symbolizing the irrepressible spirit of LGBTQ individuals who refuse to be silenced or marginalized. His courageous stance challenges the Church to confront its own biases and embrace a more inclusive and affirming theology that celebrates the diverse tapestry of human identity. As society grapples with issues of LGBTQ rights and religious freedom, Matson's story serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle for equality and acceptance. His defiance against the suffocating grip of religious orthodoxy inspires hope for a future where individuals are free to embrace their true selves without fear of condemnation or persecution. The Non-Prophets, Episode 23.23.4 featuring Scott Dickie, Kara Griffin, Cindy Plaza and Jason Friedman
    Escuchado 22m 15s
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    Catholic Bishop Finds Ally in Bill Maher

    14 JUN. 2024 · Opinion: I’m a Catholic bishop who has found an ally in Bill Maher CNN, By Bishop Robert Barron, on May 28, 2024 https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/28/opinions/catholic-bishop-found-an-ally-in-bill-maher-barron/index.html  In this segment, the hosts delve into an op-ed discussing the intriguing shift in comedian Bill Maher's comedic focus over the years. Initially known for his scathing critiques of religion, particularly highlighted in his film "Religulous" from the 90s and 2000s, Maher has pivoted towards opposing "wokeism" in recent times. The author of the op-ed, Bishop Robert Barron of Rochester, Minnesota, reflects on Maher's transformation and his own evolving perspective. Bishop Barron acknowledges that he was initially irked by Maher's simplistic portrayal of religion. However, he finds unexpected common ground with Maher in his recent criticism of woke culture. Maher's defense of free speech and civil discourse resonates with Barron, who contrasts it with what he perceives as the stifling effects of woke ideology. Maher's shift from targeting religion to critiquing wokeism represents a fascinating evolution in his comedic journey. The op-ed prompts reflection on the broader cultural landscape and the intersection of comedy, politics, and social issues. Maher's ability to adapt his comedic lens reflects the changing dynamics of public discourse and the shifting targets of satire. From lampooning religious institutions to challenging the excesses of woke culture, Maher's comedy continues to provoke thought and spark debate. The discussion underscores the complex relationship between comedy and ideology, highlighting how comedians navigate evolving cultural norms and political climates. Maher's comedic journey serves as a microcosm of broader societal shifts, raising questions about the role of satire in shaping public opinion and challenging prevailing ideologies. As Maher continues to provoke and entertain, his comedic evolution offers insight into the ever-changing landscape of humor and dissent. The Non-Prophets, Episode 23.23.3 featuring Scott Dickie, Kara Griffin, Cindy Plaza and Jason Friedman
    Escuchado 22m 42s
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    Florida Teachers Indoctrinated with Christian Nationalism

    12 JUN. 2024 · Florida civics teachers are still being indoctrinated with Christian Nationalism Friendly Atheist, By Hemant Mehta, on MAY 29, 2024 https://www.friendlyatheist.com/p/florida-civics-teachers-are-still?utm_source=share&utm_medium=android&r=oa4eg&triedRedirect=true  Governor DeSantis' program is part of a broader effort to reshape the educational landscape in Florida. By offering monetary rewards, the state encourages teachers to undergo training that aligns with Christian nationalist principles. The courses aim to transform educators into advocates for these religious ideals, effectively turning them into missionaries within the public school system. The program has sparked a heated debate. Critics argue that it blurs the line between church and state, undermining the secular nature of public education. They express concerns that this initiative could lead to the indoctrination of students and marginalize those from diverse religious backgrounds. The fear is that schools, which should be neutral grounds for learning, might become platforms for religious proselytization. Supporters of the program, on the other hand, argue that it promotes a set of moral values and community cohesion. They believe that integrating these principles into education can help build stronger, more virtuous citizens. Proponents see the initiative as a way to counteract what they perceive as a decline in moral standards within the education system. However, the implications of this program extend beyond the classroom. It reflects a growing trend of religious influence in public institutions, raising broader questions about the future of educational neutrality. This shift could lead to increased polarization, as schools become battlegrounds for ideological conflicts. The controversy underscores the ongoing struggle to balance religious freedom with the principles of a secular state, particularly in the realm of public education. As Florida continues to implement these changes, the rest of the country watches closely. The outcome could set a precedent for other states grappling with similar issues. The debate over this program highlights the enduring tension between different visions of education and the role of religion in public life. The Non-Prophets, Episode 23.23.2 featuring Scott Dickie, Kara Griffin, Cindy Plaza and Jason Friedman
    Escuchado 18m 19s
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    Texas Gov: Millions & Anti-LGBTQ+ Rhetoric to Defund Schools

    10 JUN. 2024 · Texas’ governor is spending millions & using anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric to defund public education LGBTQ Nation, By Daniel Villarreal , on May 24, 2024 https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2024/05/texas-governor-is-spending-millions-using-anti-lgbtq-rhetoric-to-defund-public-education/  In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott is promoting a school voucher program to redirect taxpayer funds to private schools, aiming to enhance parental choice. Abbott's push faces resistance, even within his own party. He argues parents should support vouchers to avoid LGBTQ+ teachers educating their children, despite past legislative failures. The program's supporters say it expands parental rights by financially supporting private school attendance. Critics claim it undermines public schools and worsens inequality. Abbott's campaign involves substantial financial backing for pro-voucher candidates, targeting GOP dissenters. Jason Friedman likens Abbott's campaign to a business operation aimed at consolidating power. Cindy traces the GOP's effort to weaken public education to the Reagan era, noting Texas ranks low in educational attainment. She argues Abbott's rhetoric is a distraction from real issues like underfunding. Kara discusses the social impact, arguing the fear of LGBTQ+ teachers is baseless and manipulative. The panel also suggests Abbott's campaign might lead to lawsuits against public schools over race and LGBTQ+ issues, potentially influencing Supreme Court rulings. Overall, the Texas voucher debate intertwines political maneuvering, financial interests, and ideological battles, with significant implications for education's future. The Non-Prophets, Episode 23.23.1 featuring Scott Dickie, Kara Griffin, Cindy Plaza and Jason Friedman
    Escuchado 23m 45s
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    Desantis has Beef with Lab Meat

    8 JUN. 2024 · Florida lab-grown meat ban: DeSantis says it protects beef industry USA Today, By Ana Goñi-Lessan, Dan Rorabaugh and Mike Snider, on May 5, 2024 https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2024/05/05/florida-lab-grown-meat-ban/73569976007/  Today's spotlight falls on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a figure who seems to have a knack for stirring up controversy. As we delve into the fray, we learn of DeSantis' latest tangle, this time with the cultivated meat industry. In a state known for its vibrant agriculture and culinary scene, DeSantis' beef with cultivated meat might seem like just another day in the Sunshine State's political theater. However, this particular skirmish appears to be misdirected, raising questions about the governor's priorities and understanding of emerging industries. As we dive deeper into the cultivated meat controversy, it becomes clear that DeSantis' stance is more than just a spat over semantics. It's a clash between tradition and innovation, with implications for the future of food production and environmental sustainability. From the marbled halls of Florida's Capitol to the cutting-edge labs of cultured meat startups, the battle lines are drawn. DeSantis finds himself at odds with a burgeoning industry poised to disrupt the status quo. But amidst the political posturing and media frenzy, it's important to remember the stakes at hand. Cultivated meat represents not just a culinary curiosity, but a potential solution to some of the most pressing challenges facing our planet, from climate change to food insecurity. As we shed light on DeSantis' beef with cultivated meat, we're reminded of the complexities of governance in an era of rapid technological advancement. And as the episode draws to a close, we're left pondering the age-old question: will tradition prevail, or will innovation carve out a new path forward? The Non-Prophets, Episode 23.22.4 featuring Kelley Laughlin, Eli Slack, Jimmy Jr. and Cynthia McDonald
    Escuchado 19m 17s
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    Harrison Butker Shanks his Commencement Speech

    7 JUN. 2024 · Harrison Butker speech: The biggest mistake he made in his controversial commencement comments CNN, By AJ Willingham, on May 17, 2024 https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/16/sport/harrison-butker-commencement-speech-analysis-cec/index.html In this episode we confront the unsettling reality of misogyny through the lens of one individual: Harrison Butker. Amidst societal shifts and growing awareness of gender issues, Butker's words emerge as a stark reminder of the pervasive nature of sexism and its impact on discourse. With each utterance, Butker reveals the depths of his misogyny, weaving a tapestry of gendered insults and demeaning remarks. His rhetoric serves as a damning indictment of toxic masculinity, perpetuating harmful stereotypes and reinforcing oppressive power dynamics. As we dissect Butker's misogynistic musings, we're confronted with the ugly truth of gender-based discrimination. Each statement becomes a painful reminder of the systemic barriers faced by women in society, from the workplace to the home. Butker's words not only reflect his own warped worldview but also serve as a call to action for broader societal change. Through his verbal assaults, we're reminded of the urgent need to dismantle patriarchal structures and create a more equitable world for all. As the episode draws to a close, we're left with a sense of outrage and determination, a reminder that misogyny has no place in our discourse or our society. And as we reflect on Butker's hateful rhetoric, we're galvanized to stand up against sexism in all its forms, ensuring that voices of hate are drowned out by the chorus of progress and equality. The Non-Prophets, Episode 23.22.3 featuring Kelley Laughlin, Eli Slack, Jimmy Jr. and Cynthia McDonald
    Escuchado 20m 6s
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    Shiny Happy People Not Holding Hands

    28 JUL. 2023 · The Non-Prophets, Episode 22.29.3 featuring Cynthia McDonald, Aaron Jensen and Teo el Ateo ‘Get back in line with God’: Fundamentalism Christian YouTubers furious with Duggar documentary ‘Shiny Happy People’ Daily Dot, By Catherine Caruso, Jul 11, 2023, https://www.dailydot.com/debug/christian-youtube-shiny-happy-people/
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And we are The Non-Prophets!... airing on the first and third Sunday of every month, starting at 3:00 PM Central (01:30-03:00 UTC) on our Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/thenonprophetsaca. The Non-Prophets focuses on atheism and the separation of church and state.
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