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Episode 49: David Niose – 2014 Secular Legal Recap

Gabe and Dan talk to David Niose and review legal issues in the US in 2014.

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David Niose is is a practicing lawyer, avid secular activist, and author. His 2013 book, Nonbeliever Nation, is about the growing population of secular Americans and their persistent under-representation in elected public office. His new book, Fighting Back The Right, is about driving human-centered public policy and combating the culture of anti-reason.

We discuss:

  • Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District
  • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby
  • Greece v Galloway
  • American Humanist Association v. United States
  • US midterm elections
 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Cognitive Bias, Guest, New Episode

 

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Episode 37-B: John McCargar – Humanist Student Groups and Chaplains + Commentary

Gabe is joined by John McCargar to talk about Humanist student groups and chaplains, drawing from his experience founding the Humanists of Boston University (HBU).

Note: this is episode 37-B, which is the interview with commentary from Gabe and Erik interwoven into the audio. You can listen to episode 37-A, which is just the interview itself.

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The interview structure:

  • John’s faith journey from Catholicism, to Mormonism, to militant atheism, to Humanism
  • Building intentional communities focused on ethics and Secular Humanism
  • Secular Humanism among religious groups
  • Growth and decline of secular/humanist student groups, and the relationship of chaplains
  • Previous guests on the show, Zachary Bos and Patrick, and their involvement with the HBU
  • The cultural background of Humanism
  • The role of a chaplain at a university
  • Paths to becoming a chaplain, Humanist credentials, and The Humanist Institute
  • Current chaplains at Boston University
  • Why universities should consider having a Humanist chaplain
  • Secular Humanists using the word chaplain

Books referenced in the episode:

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2013 in Guest, Mormonism, New Episode

 

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Episode 37-A: John McCargar – Humanist Student Groups and Chaplains

Gabe is joined by John McCargar to talk about Humanist student groups and chaplains, drawing from his experience founding the Humanists of Boston University (HBU).

Note: this is episode 37-A, which is just the interview itself. You can listen to episode 37-B, which includes additional commentary about the interview if you have the stomach for it. I would recommend you start with A.

Listen to this episode

The interview structure:

  • John’s faith journey from Catholicism, to Mormonism, to militant atheism, to Humanism
  • Building intentional communities focused on ethics and Secular Humanism
  • Secular Humanism among religious groups
  • Growth and decline of secular/humanist student groups, and the relationship of chaplains
  • Previous guests on the show, Zachary Bos and Patrick, and their involvement with the HBU
  • The cultural background of Humanism
  • The role of a chaplain at a university
  • Paths to becoming a chaplain, Humanist credentials, and The Humanist Institute
  • Current chaplains at Boston University
  • Why universities should consider having a Humanist chaplain
  • Secular Humanists using the word chaplain
 
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Posted by on November 28, 2013 in Guest, Mormonism, New Episode

 

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