SkepSun #118 (12_21_2014)

Ah yes, it’s that most wonderful time of year…for illegal state-sponsored religious speech. We’ll hear how the FFRF is challenging a nativity scene in Indiana and about their lawsuit against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker over an open records violation. Then, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor celebrate the Winter Solstice with some seasonal freethought music. Then, not one, but two Point of Inquiry podcasts for you: one is brand new and the other from the vault. First, Lindsay and Lindsay: president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry, Ron Lindsay joins host Lindsay Beyerstein to discuss his just-released book, The Necessity of Secularism: Why God Can’t Tell Us What to Do. Lindsay makes the case that secularism, something to be distinguished from atheism, works to everyone’s benefit in a pluralistic democracy, the religious and non-religious alike, and is the only reliable means of creating fair public policy and of preserving our rights. Finally, for some it wouldn’t be the holiday season if it weren’t for Santa, mistletoe and eggnog.  For me, it’s not complete until I hear Tom Flynn tell me why I’m a traitor to the secular movement for putting lights in my yard and celebrating Solstice or even Festivus. Tom Flynn is the Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism and the editor of Free Inquiry magazine and the author of  the infamous book, The Trouble with Christmas. He talks with Robert Price on a Point of Inquiry from 2011.

Trouble with Christmas

Cover of Tom Flynn’s 1993 classic, “The Trouble with Christmas”

 

 

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