SkepSun #76 (02_02_2014)

On Freethougtht Radio, FFRF files an amicus brief in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court lawsuit challenging the Affordable Healthcare Act, and the government appeals FFRF’s federal court “Parish Exemption” victory to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Dan and Annie Laurie honor the life of folksinger Pete Seeger, and then talk with artist and filmmaker Scott Burdick about his new film, In Reason We Trust about the 2012 Reason Rally in Washington, DC. The rest of Skeptical Sunday is concerned with a subject that should be more appropriate to the 11th Century than to the 21st: demonic possession and exorcism. The Indiana Star reported a story this week about a family from Gary, Indiana who were haunted by demons in a house they rented in 2012. Medical and child services personnel called to the home reportedly witnessed a child walking backwards up a wall onto the ceiling.  A priest was called in to perform an exorcism. Two weeks ago, there was a tragic case in Maryland when a mother stabbed two of her own children to death in an attempted exorcism.  But it’s not just the movie industry that puts such things in people’s heads, the Catholic Church deserves a lot of the credit (or blame); we’ll hear Rev. Herbert J. Ryan, Professor of Theology at Loyola Marymount University explain the Catholic rite of exorcism.  Afterwards we’ll hear a more skeptical take on the practice of exorcism from Karen Stollznow at TAM 2013, author of the book God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States.

[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/s/xatcbjjksulh3ab/SkepSun_02_02_2013.mp3]

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