SkepSun #96 (06_22_2014)

Apostasy: the abandonment or renunciation of a religious belief.  We hear from two apostates on this week’s Skeptical Sunday. First Jerry DeWitt, former Pentecostal minister, author of the book, Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey from Faith to Atheism.  DeWitt talks about his personal history and his conclusion that our common humanity must come first. Then Muhammad Syed, co-founder and director of operations for the Ex-Muslims of North America that exists to provide support and help to ex-Muslims non-theists, eradicating the apostasy taboo and fighting bigotry. Syed, a Pakistani-American, talks with Alan Litchfield on the Malcontent’s Gambit podcast and describes why and how he became a non-believer in 2007. They discuss issues relating to ex-Muslims and criticism of Islam, and the recent controversy involving Ayan Hirsi Ali and Brandeis University. But first on Freethought Radio, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker welcome the summer solstice with freethought offerings from author Ian McEwan and other leading atheists. Also, in the news, the Supreme Court declines to hear the Elmbrook (Wisconsin) case disallowing public school graduations in churches. Then Liz Cavell, constitutional attorney, explains how FFRF’s legal staff handles state/church and Civil Rights complaints.

 

Jerry DeWitt: Apostate on a mission.

Jerry DeWitt: Apostate on a mission.

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