SkepSun #49 (07_28_2013)

Nothing fails like government prayer! On Freethought Radio, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker point out that today’s Governor of Florida got it just as wrong as those who prayed at the 1774 Continental Congress. And if atheism is the gateway to immorality, why do atheists make up only 0.02% of the federal prison population? Then they talk with University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of philosophy Lawrence Shapiro about miracles, science, and religion. Next, on Skeptoid, Brian Dunning examines the seemingly amazing parallels between the Lincoln and Kennedy presidencies and their assassinations. How amazing are they, really?  In hour two, the Skeptic rogues from the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe interview Dr. Paul Offit, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, about his new book “Do You Believe in Magic: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine.”  And finally we hear Luke Meuhlhauser interview Russell Miller, biographer of L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology. Did Mr. Miller get more than he bargained for when he set out to tell the true story of Hubbard and his Church?


L. Ron Hubbard: the 20th Century’s Joseph Smith?


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