TGA Podcast News/ MailBag!

Dear TGA crack-heads,

The podcast will resume its regular schedule this Tuesday, so anyone having serious withdrawal can rest easy knowing we are going to be back to business this week. The travel made things a bit difficult, but I seemed to have finally figured my shit out.

To make things more fun, I thought we would start with a Mailbag this month. I’ve wanted to do a mailbag show at the beginning of every month for a while now, so now seems like an appropriate time to do so. So be sure to submit any question you like, and we’ll see you Tuesday!

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    Brennan

    Presently, as an atheist the venues I subject myself to aside from your podcast are often restricted to the public forum Youtube. I am often an audience of Thunderf00t, The Amazing Atheist, ZOMGitscriss and PaulsEgo all of which covey entertaining while though provoking videos. However, I would like to further my horizons in atheist literature, aside from Richard Dawkin’s The God Delusion what would you recommend an atheist should read?

    - I only ask this again because the message we shared concerning this previously was deleted.

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    Maxx

    What are the leading special interest groups/non-governmental organizations promoting secular governance in the United States, Canada and worldwide?

    Would you consider encouraging your listeners to organize around this issue? I think this is the most direct way we can counter religious interest groups. This issue appeals to a broad demographic, atheist or not.

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    Brandon (Men's Battle Plan)

    What type of proof would you need to believe in God? For example, what if Jesus came back today, raise some people from the dead, healed the blind, etc and this could be verified by multiple scientists or even verified by you. Would that do it?

    If you had that proof and if that God was determined to be the Christian God, would you then worship that God?

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    Jon

    About fucking time! Cold turkey is a cruel mistress…

    My question is pretty boring, but here goes; with Jacob going nomad, is anything going to change as far as the schedule of the podcasts? Also, is it going to effect the “A Winner Is Me” podcasts?

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    Mike Hinshelwood

    It strikes me that perhaps religious people, but definitely religious institutions are a bit like the villain in some kind of naff sci-fi movie or comic book (and by that I mean a naff instance of said genre, not that the genres themselves are naff, phew I think I avoided the nerd-rage there ;-) )

    All the way through you see the wanton destruction and terrible suffering they have caused, only to learn at the end that all they wanted to do was make the world a better place, and that unfortunately their super-duper-special plan to achieve this necessitates some sacrifice (obviously not theirs)… and that surely the ends justify the means.

    So I guess my question from all of this is: How can we effectively engage with religious people who genuinely believe that they and the churches they belong to are doing great things, and help them to see the true cost of their blind faith? Especially as many see us (atheists, rationalists, humanists etc) as being the real villains… How do you tell someone honestly fighting the good fight that they are, in-fact, doing real harm, and little, if any, good?

    “Good people do good things; bad people do bad things; but it takes religion to make good people do bad things”… and not even realise it!

    Thanks for the great show!

    Mike

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    Daiana Herrera

    If you guys are familiar with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, what are your thoughts on her movie Submission or her Infidel novel?

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    Rebo

    Follow-up on Men’s Battle Plan’s question:

    What type of proof would you need to believe in pant fairies? For example, what if a pant fairy came back today, raised some people from the dead, healed the blind, etc (gotta love the use of etc after raising people from the dead and healing the blind!) and this could be verified by multiple scientists or even verified by you. Would that do it?

    If you had that proof and pant fairies were determined to be the Royal Pant Fairies of Fairyland, would you then worship that pant fairy group?

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    Maxx

    Rebo,

    Thank you for saying what we were all thinking.

    Love,
    Maxx

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    miketheiron

    Regarding proof of divinity – I think the amputee test has still to be passed, right?

    Or does God still hate them?

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    Rayden

    Hey guys, you know how religious people like to say stuff that well is stupid, just wanted to know what are your most favorite logical fallacies that religious people say.

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    Chris

    I know this has nothing to do with been godless but uhm, but what do you guys think of the Canadian Immigration system, can anyone really get in, and how does it compare to the USA…thanks

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    HereticsAnonymous

    Can you just talk about how fucking stupid Bill “the tides come out, the times come in” O’Reiley is please. I find it hard to see any hope for humanity when people like him exist.

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    Brennan

    Are you familiar with a resource that conveys a competent knowledge of the bible, essentially breaking down sections while illustrating contradictions and fallacies within text?
    As a listener I have heard you reference sections of the bible, Old Testament, New Testament, etc. I would appreciate direction in which to pursue and further my knowledge.

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    Brennan

    What is the bible’s interpretation of a woman’s role and What is the extent of sexist propaganda within the bible?

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    Carly

    I’d like to hear about alternative recovery groups that aren’t centered around God. I love the people I’ve met at AA meetings throughout the years but the Higher Power shit is really starting to get to me.

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    Maxx

    Brennan,

    For your last two questions:

    http://skepticsannotatedbible.com/

    They have the Qur’an and the Book of Mormon as well.
    You can read the texts in order or by category (including attitudes towards women).

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    miketheiron

    Oh, and not really a specific question, but what do you make of the Pope’s recent comments about blasphemy laws in Pakistan and his railing against “un-Christian” nations?

    If I were feeling uncharitable (and hey, this is the Pope) I’d say that such massive hypocrisy is typical of religious demagogues. Blasphemy is good when it protects me, and silences critics; and bad when it is used by other religions… obviously Pakistan incident was appalling, but surely the last thing we should be doing as a result is protecting religious dogma even more.

    Mike

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