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Looking For A Few Good Affiliates

In this episode Douglas talks to Sam McGuire, the National Field Director for American Atheists. She explains what an affiliate is and how your secular group can become one. Douglas asks if atheist groups are that much different than Humanist groups and he and Sam dip their toes into some political questions of interest to secular people.

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An Atheist Hero Is A Social Justice Warrior

In this episode, Douglas talks about the lack of heroes in the atheist movement and why that isn’t a problem. Next he highlights an excellent TV program that explained why we teach US History all wrong, and finally Douglas revisits an essay he wrote about the 1st amendment violation having the Ohio state motto engraved on the grounds of the statehouse.

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A Humanist Response to the Murder of George Floyd

In this episode, Douglas tries to fill time without interviewing someone. We get some news from our group the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie, give a humanist response to the murder of George Floyd, celebrate an unlikely court victory for the LGBTQ+ community, and dust off an old blog post about the words “Under God” in the pledge.

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Important Humanist Values with Derrick Strobl

In this episode Douglas speaks with Derrick Strobl, an old friend from his days in Columbus with the Humanist Community of Central Ohio. They talk about his journey to Humanism coming from a religious conservative family, and Douglas discovers, to his shock, that a college near his hometown was much more conservative than he ever imagined. Derrick also reveals what Humanist values are important to him.

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Same Church Different Pew

In this episode Douglas talks to Rev. Dr. TK Barger of the First Unitarian Church of Toledo about the historic ties between the UUs and Humanism. We also discuss how Unitarians have religious rituals that are not based in the supernatural and we talk about some of the differences between religious and secular humanism.

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Fighting 21st Century Homeopathy with Nick Little

In this longer than usual episode I talk with Nick Little, Vice President and General Counsel of the Center for Inquiry, about his group’s effort to force big retailers to be honest about homeopathy products they sell. We discuss the group’s current work to allow secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in all the states. Finally we look at the current status of church and state litigation in the time of Trump. It isn’t good.

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Recovering from Religion with Charles Hill

In this episode we talk to Charles Hill, a facilitator for the Columbus Ohio chapter of Recovering from Religion. We talk about how some religious believers, even professional clergy, make the transition to being a non-believer, how important telling your story is to the process, and the start of efforts to form a Toledo chapter of his group.

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Emily Newman Talking About HERE for Climate

In today’s episode, we talk to Emily Newman, Education Coordinator for the American Humanist Association’s Center for Education. We will discuss the HERE for Climate project and how climate change is the theme for this year’s Secular Week of Action that takes place May 1st through the 10th and coincides with the National Day of Reason.

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EdChoice Vouchers Are Bad For Ohio Schools

School vouchers are used to indirectly fund religious schools and contribute to a conservative fever dream against government-run common schools. Why are they bad for Ohio?

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Monette Richards from Secular Woman

In this episode we talk to secular activist Monette Richards. She is vice president of Secular Woman and former president of CFI NE Ohio.