Thanks for joining me for another installment of The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble, I talk about positive things, because we have enough negative news to go around. First, I tell about new likes and read new iTunes reviews. I then mention that I was Country Fried Freethought, as well as my impending appearance on the Imaginary Friends Show. Finally, I talk about Macron’s victory over the far-right nationalist and Putin ally Marine Le Pen in a landslide. So, at least for now, the march of toxic nationalism in Europe has been halted.
On the palaver I speak to former minister Joshua Richards. We talk about his journey from faith into atheism. He is a very charismatic speaker, and his story is one of struggle and pain, but ultimately results in revelation and freedom. Joshua’s story is an inspiration to anyone who has taken the often difficult path out of religion. His message : it does get better.
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Welcome to another action-packed episode of The Triple Po! I only have one message for the pre-ramble . . . GO VOTE ! The episode will drop on Election Eve , so if you haven’t voted yet, please do so !
On the palaver , I have William Ferguson , a friend of mine on Facebook . He tells the story of his brief stint as a member of an Evangelical Christian Church. He also relates the difficulty of reconciling being gay with his Christian belief . He then tells of his journey away from religion and eventually to Atheism. It’s an important and painful story , and I thank William for coming on and speaking to me about something so personal .
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I read yesterday a story about a 14-Year-Old boy being charged with “desecration of a venerated object” in Pennsylvania. What was the horrible act he committed to elicit this charge? He pretended a Jesus Statue was sucking his dick. He didn’t damage the statue in any way. He simply climbed on top of it and shoved his crotch into the mouth of our Savior.
A picture of his unholy act was posted on his Facebook page, where he received many comments, both humored and horrified. The cops found out about the picture and decided to charge him with the aforementioned crime. It should be noted that the owner of the statue, a local Christian organization by the name Love In The Name Of Christ, declined to press charges. So, basically, we have an overzealous local law enforcement agency bringing these charges of their own accord. If convicted, the charges could land this kid in Juvenile Detention for up to two years.
This is the kind of bullshit that seriously pisses me off about the primacy of Christianity in this country. As I mentioned before, there was absolutely NO PHYSICAL DAMAGE to this statue. All he did was climb on it, which is probably ill-advised, but not necessarily illegal. As for the act itself, I think it’s fucking hilarious. I myself would have probably done a similar thing if I saw that statue. I love spitting in the eye (or coming in the mouth of) religious taboos, especially those of Christianity. I’d buy the kid a drink if he was old enough. And to think he could get TWO YEARS in Juvy for this “crime” just makes my blood boil.
One more thing : This didn’t happen in the South. It happened in Pennsylvania. Granted, I have heard that the Keystone State is “Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between”, but this should be a reminder that these sort of religiously inspired laws are not just in Mississippi or Louisiana, but also in other parts of the country. Thankfully, the FFRF has taken notice of the incident, and has published a blog post about it, at the end of which they state:
If the attorney or public defender wishes to consult FFRF’s legal staff on the unconstitutional nature of the desecration statute, he or she may get in touch with us by filling out this form: http://ffrf.org/legal/report
Hopefully, if it does go to court, the FFRF can bring the pain and show these fucking yokels that you can’t convict somebody just because they dissed a replica of your skydaddy’s son.