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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #2.5

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Violence & Marriage

This time out, we tackle creationism in the classroom, religious violence in the art gallery, political answers for Baltimore and everyone’s hatred of the NSA.  Then we spend some time taking on the libertarian argument that the government has no business in marriage and why marriage is actually valuable to society.
We’re not a boy band this week but you’ll want to listen anyhow!


New on YouTube: The Bitchspot Channel

Youtube_logoI’ve been quite disappointed in my presence on youTube for a while.  Yes, I know, I hardly have any presence at all as the Bitchspot Blog, mostly all I do there is post video copies of the Bitchspot Report Podcast, with a couple of slipshod episodes of Bitchspot Quickies dropped with great irregularity.  That’s not much of a brand.

Therefore, I decided that I was going to start a new channel, one specifically for the blog, where I could have a much more organized and cohesive presence.  I guess at some point, the Bitchspot Quickies were supposed to be that blog presence, but they were very scattershot and random, I’d get an idea, do something, and it would be six months before I even thought about it again.  There was no plan for what I wanted to do and nothing was organized.  I hate that so I’m going to do it right this time.

To start, I’m going to do a series of informational videos I’m calling the Foundation series, it will address basic questions like “What is Atheism” and “What is a Conservative”.  So far, I’ve defined at least 11 videos in the series but it will expand as I decide to do more.

Next, and this is really a large reason I’m doing it, I’m going to be responding to actual news stories there.  I just don’t think I can do it here because my lead time is so massive.  I am always at least a month ahead of time here, if I write a news story, it’s no longer timely by the time it publishes, that’s why I usually don’t do many news stories.  Even the Religious Horror Show is so absurdly far behind, up to a year in many cases, that I don’t feel I can properly address a lot of these stories.  I will be dropping a short take on news stories as appropriate into the channel.

From there, I’ll have to see how things go and how many people watch the videos.  I’m happy to answer some questions, take on religious and political YouTubers, etc. if I get any attention from that.  If anyone has any suggestions, by all means, let me have them, either here or in the channel.  So far, I have 2 videos posted and a couple of subscribers so I guess it isn’t all bad.

See you all in the videos!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #76

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It’s another all news show!  This week, a Tampa church cancels a gay man’s funeral at the last second.  Ken Ham hates Atheist TV.  An Oklahoma church allows a known registered sex offender to play with their children.  A Texas court rules against homeschoolers who stopped teaching their kids because Jesus is coming back.  Archie Andrews is corrupting our children!  And Pat Robertson is the master of the crazy conspiracy theory.  Don’t miss it, this is a good one.

Make sure you direct comments to the website, linked above!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #74

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This week, we have a theme show, all stories about the religious double standards and whining about being under attack.  Bill Donohue thinks Obama hates Christians, 30 countries specify which religion their leaders must belong to, Tucker Carlson says that asking the IRS to enforce its rules is an attack on Christianity and 8 states where you cannot be elected if you’re an atheist. Plus, we spend quite a bit of time talking about the increasing radicalization of religion as moderate and liberal theists continue to flood away from religion. Stick around, this is going to be fun.

As with last week, please post comments on the podcast over on our official website!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #73

Bitchspot Report New Icon With special guest Charles, this week we talk about fart demons, the absurdity of a new age leader suing her former students for daring to prove she’s a racist bigot, another anti-gay crusader gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar and Christians get up in arms when real history proves their religious fantasies wrong.  Plus, we talk about the recent DC handgun decision and how it affects gun laws nationwide.  It’s another 90 minutes of conservative atheist goodness, open your earholes and enjoy!

As mentioned in the show, please post your comments for the show on the official show website by following the link above!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #72

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It’s another all-news show, we spend a lot of time wondering why the religious are so credulous.  A new study shows that children from religious homes have a problem telling fact from fantasy, a Republican candidate is convinced sperm enzymes cause AIDS, Tony Perkins thinks Obama is about to put all Christians in jail, a church in Kentucky hires a registered sex offender and is surprised when he rapes a boy, another study asks Christians what they think Jesus would like and finds most people don’t care about Jesus and Ken Ham and space aliens.  More stupidity from the mouthpiece of the Ark Park.  It’s 90 minutes of conservative atheist goodness, stick around!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #71

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This time out, it’s okay to ignore your employer and violate their policies if you’re a Christian, Illinois ballot blocking and the Libertarians, an Orthodox Russian Priest doesn’t own a mirror and abstinence-only sex education backfires on a GOP politician.  Plus, we take a long look at how conservatives look at sex education in America and why both the left and the right are doing it wrong.  Here we go again, listen in, won’t you?

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #70

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It’s another all-news show, this time out, we talk about the race to the bottom between the GOP and the religious Southern Democrats, Gordon Klingenschmitt wins the GOP primary in Colorado and rational people slit their collective wrists, Hobby Lobby and the coming shitstorm and a couple of stories about the continuing failure of religion in America and how this is a very good thing.  Hang on tight, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #69

Bitchspot Report New Icon It’s our 4th of July show and this time around, we find that Catholics don’t give a damn what the Vatican says, a Wisconsin Christian radio host is arrested for molesting a young boy, a Tea Party official acts unethically and shoots himself in the head.  What a fine Christian!  Surprise, surprise, it turns out that Christians have no clue what traditional marriage is!  Plus, we have a discussion of the recent American history of deposing democratically elected governments and installing horrific dictators because they do what we want. All this and more on episode 69 of The Bitchspot Report Podcast.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #68

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The crazies are coming out of the woodwork!  This week, Rick Wiles is afraid of the Illuminati!  Blasphemy laws suck.  Gary Bauer complains that Obama is obsessed with gay issues at a conference that exists to complain about gay issues.  Ken Ham’s Ark Park is dead in the water and it’s dragging down the rest of Answers in Genesis with it.  Plus, we look at optimism and pessimism to see which approach works better and find out neither of us is all that optimistic.  What are you waiting for, get ‘er done!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #67

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Here we go again!  This week, Fox News falls for a 4Chan hoax, or do they?  Egypt outlaws unlicensed Imams and we wonder where you get an Imam license?  Christian persecution, a new study shows it’s nonsense but the Christians probably don’t care.  Pat Robertson encourages children not to involve the authorities in domestic abuse.  Plus, we have a long discussion on where religious debates go wrong and why apologetics fail but it’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Give it a listen!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #66

Bitchspot Report New IconIt’s an all-news show!  This week, Christians think they’re going to the gas chambers, the Supreme Court settles the case over the Murfreesboro mosque, atheists are actually blinded to the fact that they’re possessed by demons, Southern Baptists post huge losses once again, the couple who killed two cops and a woman in Vegas were actually religious conspiracy nuts and what do you call 800 dead babies in a septic tank?  Another typical Catholic tragedy!  Strap in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #65

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We’re back with another show, this time around, a Virginia atheist couple is refused to be wed by a state-sponsored officiant, our buddy Dr. Chaps thinks Adam and Eve were smoking pot, Joe the Plumber might be a dick but he’s also right about the Constitution and a small town in Illinois is giving money to a church, is this a problem or not?  Then we get into economics when friend-of-the-show Iamanatheist sends us an article about the 1% vs. the 99%.  How did we do?  

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #64

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In a ridiculously long episode, Cephus and Mike welcome guest Jim Goebel to talk about the cluelessness of creationists, the reason Catholics keep getting into trouble, good news, more Americans are expressing willingness to vote for an atheist and the rise of exorcism among Catholics and others, because they really think black magic, Satanism and the occult are real.  We also spend a long, long time talking about libertarian politics and we discover that Pat Robertson really is a kinky bastard.  All this and more in this extended episode of The Bitchspot Report Podcast.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #63

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Yes, we know we took a week off.  Blame Mike’s bad wifi  But now we’re back and this week on the show, we explore how refusing to discriminate against gays somehow bullies Christians, we expand on our discussion from our last show about Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green wanting to force Biblical truth down the throats of unsuspecting high school students, we’re shocked about how damn stupid Americans are and why religion is largely to blame and having guns in churches.  What could go wrong?  Plus, we spend some time looking at the unfortunate trend of revenge politics, not only debating disagreements, but financially and socially harming people, just because you don’t like what they say.  Sit down, strap in and listen to the latest episode of The Bitchspot Report Podcast.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #62

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This time out, we talk about the latest move in Christian moviemaking, the movies that make them feel persecuted.  We watch Ken Ham’s head explode once again following the latest episode of Cosmos.  Feminists reveal their sexism as they hate male-only schools, but a female-only school?  You have to keep that!  The fallout from the recent Joliet, Illinois court case begins and we see that the Catholics are still hiding pedophile priests.  They’ve changed?  Like hell they have!  And we talk about the common claim that atheists are afraid to insult Islam by insulting Islam a lot.  All this and more in this week’s episode of the Bitchspot Report Podcast!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #61

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After a week off, we hit the ground running and talk about voter fraud, Hobby Lobby, creationism in the public schools and Pat Robertson’s destruction fetish.  Then we go on to talk about the death penalty and give it two thumbs up.  Come on and listen, you know you want to.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #59

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It’s an all-news show this time around, Satan is fooling people with graham crackers, fundamentalists want to run for office to keep kids from crying and Tennessee atheists can distribute books in public schools, but should they? Plus, the Internet kills religions dead, more British people believe in ghosts than gods and Pat Robertson thinks God is a hater.  All that and more in this episode of the Bitchspot Report Podcast!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #57

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This week, we have special guest Brandi Mattison of the Irreverent Skeptics on to talk about exorcism, Saudi Arabia outlawing names, creationists demanding equal time on Cosmos for their irrational nonsense and Brandi challenges Cephus on drugs and school shootings.  It was a show so fun we had to do it twice!  So get moving, you’re missing the show!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #56

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And we’re back!  This time out, Cephus and Mike talk about anti-American sentiment in American schools, the attempt to push religion back into school, Pope Francis flapping his gums but not actually taking any action and the new Christian dead raisers and boy band (listen to the episode).  Plus, we deconstruct Libertarian politics and see why they have so many problems.  You’re not going to want to miss this one.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #54

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This week, Cephus and Mike look at the recent Chinese railroad knife attack, David Yonggi Cho, founder of the world’s largest megachurch gets convicted of theft, Americans are becoming sharply more favorable toward gay issues and the Catholic Church blames a Minnesota mom for not protecting her son from a pedophile priest.  Plus, we talk about where our views differ from the neo-cons.  All this and more in one 90-minute package!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #53

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In our longest podcast ever, we discover that God wrote the Constitution, Missouri wants to warn parents before their kids learn facts, gay marriage leads inevitably to parents marrying their children and Pat Robertson tells Ken Ham to shut the hell up and we heartily agree with that.  Plus, we take a long, long, long time talking about our problems with liberal politics.  Two men enter, one man leaves.  Don’t miss it.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #52

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It’s an all-news show as we try to exorcise the podcast demons and we’re pretty damn positive about it for the most part.  We look at IQ and religiousity, religious pharmacists, the failure of Bible stories, a religious view on the great decline of religion, New Zealand’s Prime Minister is officially not a reptilian space alien and religious crazies really have a diaper fetish.  Don’t miss it!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #49

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It’s a non suicidal week mostly, we talk about goblin craziness in Zimbabwe, Ken Ham declaring victory before the debate, exactly as we predicted, a televangelist telling a caller to kill themselves and a satire piece that we take somewhat seriously because it’s not that far from the truth.  We also address listener Iamanatheist’s questions about higher education and teacher salaries. Come on, you know you want to listen!

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #48

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This week, we wander through the religious craziness in South Carolina, laugh at Ken Ham, a lot, religious stoning in Louisiana, the worldwide increase in religious violence and take a long look at the two creation stories in Genesis.  That and more can be yours if you listen to the show!  Get moving!

Careful Who You Debate With

angry_coupleI debate a lot of theists and while a small percent of debates go on for a while, the majority fizzle or explode in very short order.  I chalk this up to my refusal to allow them to get into absurd apologetics without being able to back any of it up, they realize they can’t bamboozle me by waving their arms around and flee for the hills.  I’ve come to see this as typical theist behavior, it only confuses me that they can’t see just how ridiculous the things they say are.

The first that comes to mind is something I’ve written about already, but it turns out that it gets worse.  See, while I totally shredded this lady in a debate, to the point that she’s walked away swearing under her breath, apparently she’s a staffer on the debate forum and she told some of her other religious staffers about how badly I trounced her and they’ve decided to retaliate.  From what I understand, they have a rule that says that you’re not allowed to disagree with staffers.  Presumably, this is to keep moderation battles from taking place in the forums, but they’re arguing that people should not be able to disagree with staff for any reason, moderation-related or not.  I’m currently fighting it, but since this was a forum I went to in hopes of finding a better class of theist debaters and have not been able to do so, it’s not a big deal.  I’m not getting thrown off, I’m just getting a demerit, but it’s ridiculous to say that because someone volunteers on a site, that anything and everything this person says is completely beyond reproach and they just win any debate they decide to engage in because nobody can even disagree is ridiculous.

The second, and I admit this happens quite often, comes when I debate presuppositionalists and the like and won’t allow them to simply make their “presuppositions” unchallenged.  This tends to shut down these debates at the starting line because I don’t allow them to simply declare “God did it!”  I don’t care how much they believe that God is required to engage in logical arguments, until they can demonstrate it, it’s never going to fly and since that’s really the basis of their entire claim, they go and sulk because I saw through their dishonesty right off the bat.  And it is dishonest, they wouldn’t accept a Hindu, for example, claiming that the existence of logic presupposes Krishna, why should I accept that it requires God?  They have no answer and spend a lot of time pouting and insulting me.  That’s fine, it just proves how absurd their ideas are.

Finally, how about those crazy panentheists?  The people who think that the universe is God?  Why?  Because that’s what they choose to call it.  Never mind the fact that it has a perfectly good name already and that they cannot give any good reason why they ought to refer to it as God, it’s a bizarre glitch in their thinking and nothing you say can possibly change their mind.  There’s this crazy idiot on Twitter who keeps spamming the #atheism hashtag, claiming that atheists have to believe that the universe is God, otherwise they have to prove that the universe is not God.  Huh?  It makes no sense, but this is religion we’re talking about, sense and religion never cross paths.

To be honest, the more I debate with the religious, the more I spend my time shaking my head at their stupidity. They’ll even admit to it, although not in those terms.  I can, for example, tell a presuppositionalist that I really believe in Lug, the god of the leprechauns and that everything in the universe requires a belief in Lug.  They’ll scoff and laugh at how absurd that is, but they can’t seem to apply that same realization to their own statements which are identical in nature, they just use a different name.  I just had to post something similar to someone who demanded that I prove the Holy Spirit isn’t real.  I asked them to prove unicorns aren’t real because, clearly, if they’re not, they should be able to prove it.  I predict they won’t find their own failure.  Nothing you can do will get them to recognize the problem with their own argument.  The same is true of people who fall into the same predicted pattern that you point out ahead of time, they refuse to deal with the factual reality of their fallacies, it’s something that they are purposely blind to.  These are only three examples out of potentially thousands, all of which leave a rational person who evaluates the world skeptically and critically scratching their head.  It’s like you’re speaking an entirely different language from the theists.  They have no clue what you’re saying and what they’re saying makes no sense at all to you.

Maybe that’s why virtually all religious debates end with nothing being accomplished.  The longer I do this and the more that I think about it, the less anxious I am to waste my time and effort talking to people who don’t even live in the same reality that I do.