SkepSun #134 (04_12_2015)

On Freethought radio we hear how the FFRF continues to fight school vouchers and RFRA. Listen to a former DOJ employee attack FFRF and defend Christians’ so-called right to discriminate on FOX News. Then, after celebrating the birthdays of freethinkers Charlie Chaplin and Thomas Jefferson with music, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Baker talk with FFRF’s Legal Publicist Maddie Ziegler about her work to defend Jefferson’s wall of separation between church and state. After Freethought Radio, we’ll hear a tune from rapper Tombstone da Deadman and then Gordon Bonnet talks about the irrationality of the Christian Right’s fear that oppressed minorities like gays and atheists pose some kind of threat to them in a column from Gordon’s Skeptophilia blog entitled “The Politics of Fear.” Then in Hour Two: public shaming is back. Once done in town squares with subjects locked in pillories unable to avoid the rotten fruit hurled at them, now the shaming takes place on the internet. No longer our neighbors, the new targets are strangers and celebrities facing the aggregate outrage of people on Twitter. David McRaney on the You Are Not So Smart podcast interviews Jon Ronson, author of the new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed in which he talks with people who’ve had their lives ruined by modern, web-based public shamings.  Ronson talks about what can happen when individually and collectively we obliterate people’s reputations for unpopular opinions, off-color jokes and professional faux pas.


Has internet shaming gotten out-of-control?

Has internet shaming gotten out-of-control?


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