SkepSun #54 (09_01_2013)

On Freethought Radio we learn a federal judge gave the green light for the FFRF to proceed in their 3rd ongoing lawsuit against the IRS. On the second half of the show, Annie Laurie and Dan interview Joe Muto, a former employee of Fox News and an associate producer of The O’Reilley Factor, author of the new book An Atheist in the Foxhole: A Liberal’s Eight-Year Odyssey Inside the Heart of the Right-Wing Media. Then we hear about the dangerous business of being a skeptic in India. On the morning of August 20 in Pune, India, one well known Indian skeptic, 67-year-old Narendra Dabholkar was gunned down by two individuals on motorbikes. He had been pushing for a bill to ban black magic and exploitative practices by seers and holy men. We hear about this tragedy from the skeptic rogues of the Skeptics Guide to Universe podcast who also interview Indian skeptic-in-exile, Sanal Edamaruku. More than a year ago, Mr. Edamaruku had to flee from his homeland after he explained how a statue of Christ could be dripping water due to non-miraculous causes. The supposed “crime” was punishable with up to three years in prison in addition to a fine. Finally, we’ll hear a “For Good Reason” podcast from the archives.  Host D.J. Grothe talks to philosopher Massimo Pigliucci about his book “Nonsense on Stilts” and the “demarcartion” problem: how does one distinguish science and pseudoscience?
Dabholkar photo
Indian skeptic Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, murdered August 20th in Pune, India.

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