Mailbag!

I realized the other day I haven’t been doing a very good job reaching out to fans of the show, and today I’m planning on rectifying this situation. Tonight we’ll be doing a mailbag show, which means we’ll be taking your questions and doing our best to answer them! So simply leave your questions in the comment section of this post, and we’ll answer every single one you put up, no matter how crazy it is.

Comments (26)

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    Anders Espedalen

    What do you guys think about:

    1. People being allowed/not allowed wearing hijabs in official work positions like court houses, police etc? (Big issue in Norway)

    2. When the muslim female community finally got their chance at using public swimming areas using “The BURQINI”, it ended up being illegal to wear in public swimming pools due to hygienic reasons. Thoughts?

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    Vladimir

    I’d like your take on why is “Lost” a popular show.

    Also, ending in BSG… made me puke. Am I the only one?

    Also, it would be nice to have some insight where can we contact freethinker communities. I’m in Belgrade, Serbia. No luck finding one here.

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    Ryan

    Is university education a good thing for encouraging original thought/critical reasoning, or does it turn us into tools? Should we cast judgment on those who prefer to remain uneducated (e.g. don’t go to school) for holding up society’s progress? And if university education _is_ a good thing, should the state fund it for everyone (e.g. it is a public good), or should individuals bear all the cost/responsibility (e.g. it is a private good)?

    My take?:

    1) University is a very good thing
    2) We should cast at least mild judgment on those who don’t pursue higher education (at least in Canada when it is so accessible)
    3) The state should at least heavily subsidize it – the debt burden which turns many people off higher-end degrees controls ‘inflation’ of those degrees, making them a good investment for people willing to take on the cost.

    On that note, Jacob, why the hell aren’t you killing two birds with one stone by turning your TGA work into academic work towards a degree? Fuck, for Quebec residents McGill’s law tuition is only $1,500!!!!!!!!!! Add a zero to that and I STILL pay more!!! Who cares if you don’t want to be a lawyer, that shit is a ridiculous steal of a deal. Work in TO for a summer and make $25,000 – with 3 months work you profit >$20,000 on going to school – wtfbbq!!!

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    Andy Davies

    Why is it that the USA, with strict separation of Church and State enshrined in it’s constitution, is so overtly religious whereas here in the UK where there is no formal separation, over half the population define themselves as unreligious?

    This situation does appear to be changing however, with the church and religious groups and MP’s increasingly trying to infiltrate faith into British government and life, and not without some success.

    Many American customs have become part of British culture over recent decades, but bat shit crazy religious nutjobbery is something you can keep to yourself!!

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    Variable

    Were either of you brought up religious, and when did you stop believing? Basically, did you never have faith, was it a gradual process or was it a single there is no Santa moment.

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    Petreas

    I believe evolution theory has shown that free will is impossible.
    If we can decide without causality, we define our selves as little gods.
    So our self-being is as real as god!

    Does it hurt?
    /Petreas

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    Leigh

    People criticised aliens as being unrealistic in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, yet were happy to go along with religious phenomena in the first three, without the same issue.

    I’ve often spoken to people who think it is as unlikely if not more so to think there may be aliens as it is to believe in the reality of religious stories, ghosts etc – why do you think might be?

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    ABrownLamp

    Can you articulate why you have such a disdain for religion in North America today? Is it based on believers pushing laws derived from Biblical code? Is it exasperation over how so many people could believe such obvious nonsense? What really motivates you to feel the way you do?

    Also, what are your thoughts on the death penalty? I’ve always felt the argument that “we’re better than that” was a little disingenuous. I mean, you are keeping them locked up in a cage for the rest of their lives UNTIL they’re dead. Isn’t that worse?

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    keeyop

    Favorite/most respected atheists of today?
    Favorite atheists in history?

    List of atheist groups worth supporting?

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    Tercero

    Are you in favour of abortion? If so, Why?
    Is it logic to kill someone just because the mother doesnt want to have the baby/thinks she isnt able to give her baby a good life? I mean, in the first case, There are only 9 fucking months of pregnancy.. which isnt such a huge amount of time… while the new man/woman will live up to 70-80 years. In the second case, id prefer to be adopted/ live in an “adoption place” (sorry, dont know the word for this :S) rather than being killed.

    In my opinion, the only case when adoption is reasonable is when the mother is in danger of death.

    In the other hand, another argument i’ve heard is the “let women do whatever they want with their bodies” but.. once a ovule is fertilized, a new life began, I mean the celule will start to reproduce and it wont stop. Another example would be… if a mother kills his 1 year old son, isnt she doing the same?

    Also, im an atheist so the “god aborts a lot of times” (natural abortion) doesnt really matters to me… If a natural abortion happens, its because something went wrong at pregnancy, which has nothing to do with the main discussion.

    Sorry for the huge text-wall+bad english :(

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    Anders Espedalen

    What are your thoughts on this thought:
    Will natural selection continue to “perfect” the human race? After all, we do no longer mate according to the same attributes as we did thousand years ago. As intellect and feminine beauty are some of the most important factors when breeding these days, as well as the fact that any dumb idiot can make a baby (seen the movie idiocracy?).

    Another thing I’ve been thinking of is that we as modern humans “modify” our body by cutting our hair the way the other sex prefers, we trim, shave and cut beards, nail and body hair. We learn to pick up girls and a lot of pregnancies happen by mistake. This way, the mixing of genes might occur much more random than before, and therefore put a stop to natural selection since the opposite sex does not pick their mate according to which ones who has the advantage.

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    LondonCalling

    Hi guys,
    I have a question on ‘the secret’ which a friend of mine is reading. Obviously I poo-pooed it without even reading it (nothing as fun as an ignorant atheist). Then she started spouting all this unbelievable rubbish! Now I can’t read it because it’s liable to make me very very angry. Have you read it? What do you think of it? How can I intelligently argue with it? (I’d like to keep the friendship so shouting and putting my fingers in my ears and singing la la la isn’t going to work)
    thanks :)

    Last one. What’s the easiest retort to my husband who keeps on accusing me of following the ‘religion of atheism’ (one sentence or less, he stops listening after that).

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    chocobar

    Have you ever considered having a christian or other religious type on your show to have a “friendly” discussion? Perhaps a Christian podcaster could come on your show and you on theirs.

    Also, (you may have touched on this before, i don’t remember), can you be, or are you, friends with any moderate christians/ religious? Would you feel the need to always try and argue with them? Can you put your beliefs away and have a regular conversation?

    Also, what’s happening with the Atheist calendar?

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    Razzle

    Do you accept an historical Jesus, why or why not? Also, what’s your favorite book of the bible?

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    Aegis

    Just one:

    Now that humanity has essentially become the apex predator of Earth’s entire biosphere, do you think we will continue to evolve – and if so, using which stimuli? Would it take a natural disaster to give our gene pool something to worry about, or is it time for us to begin choosing our own evolutionary future?

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    ΩΨ Oh! the Devil!!!

    Hey!!! Maybe you’re losing fans, try E-mail.

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    ΩΨ Oh! the Devil!!!

    @LondonCalling Awwwww! I’m sorry you got married!>!>!>!

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    ΩΨ Oh! the Devil!!!

    @ Tercero: If YOU are NOT a woman!!! You have NO IDEA how PAINFUL, AND TOURCHOROUs pregnancy is. Wome have free will for their bodies, they don’t want to tear it up, get fat, or break bones to give birth to a baby they feel they’re not ready to take care of, and if they were raped, or underage. They ARE EXPECTED to ABORT that baby.

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    Jacob Fortin

    ok, show is over. thanks for all the questions. Be sure to comment in the podcast!

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    ΩΨ Oh! the Devil!!!

    @Andy Davies
    Then keep your disgusting atheism inside your brain!!! lol!!! ;)

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    Vijay Kishore

    Show over? I’m always late for the party. :(

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    J. N. Hudson

    Damn, didn’tmake it in time. so as sort of an open question or mabye a possible topc for a future show…

    Is it just me, or does it seem more and more that the so-called “religious right” in america has sacrifice their religion and it’s beliefs on the altar of the republican party platform in the name of partisan politics and ideological purity?

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    Alicia Trinidad

    BOOKS dawg!
    favs, atheist related or not… :)

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    Tercero

    ΩΨ Oh! the Devil!!! Fine so pain > death? nice way of thinking.

  • avatar

    Shaun

    once a month doing a mail bag show at 1+ hour is fine

    fine & dandy (to honor George Carlin)

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    matthew

    Thank you for the show. Been a fan from the beggining, and will soon be a patriot. I have been a firm atheist since the age of 9 and have been raised in a strict catholic world! Tuning into tga is a breath of fresh air. To make matters worse, i live in Texas and 80 miles south of houston. Any pointers on how to find other reasonable atheist/atheist chicks? Atheist chicks don’t seem to exist down here. Just enrolled in college with my major being religion and religous symbols.

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