animal rights

SkepSun #155 (09_13_2015)

On Freethought Radio, Gov. Huckabee says Kentucky clerk Kim Davis (who defied gay-marriage orders) is “God.” We’ll hear about what’s making the news this week in the battle to keep state and church separate and about a victory in which the FFRF gets a Georgia city to pull out of “Gospel Fest.” Then Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Baker talk with screenwriter Chris Matheson (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Teds’ Bogus Journey) about his new humorous book, The Story of God: A Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate). We have not one, but two contributions from Gordon Bonnet and the Skeptophilia blog on today’s show.  First he weighs in on the Kim Davis Affair in Kentucky, in number two, Gordon ponders why so many folks who say the God they worship is omnipotent, feel it necessary to police speech about him.  You’d think such a being would be able to take care of himself. Then back to the subject of animal rights that we got started two weeks ago. We’ll hear from the philosopher who gets credited with igniting the modern animal rights movement 40 years ago with this book Animal Liberation. Peter Singer is interviewed by Nigel Warburton on the Ethical Bites podcast. Then we return to Dan Kaufman’s Myoclonic Jerk podcast, episode 8, ‘Eating Animals.’

Yes, it checks out. Married 4 times.

Yes, it checks out. Married 4 times.

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SkepSun #153 (08_30_2015)

On Freethought Radio, the radio show of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, FFRF’s “Pray to Play” exposé gets national coverage, including FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel on MSNBC “Sports Matters.” Dan Barker was interviewed on NBC’s “Today” show about the Jesus painting in a Kansas school that was taken down after FFRF complained. After talking with Viet Nam veteran and plaintiff Steve Trunk about the decades-long saga of the cross on Mt. Soledad, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor interview Executive Director of Americans United For Separation of Church and State, Rev. Barry W. Lynn, about his new book: God and Government: Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom of Conscience. Then, how is it that some religious leaders have the skills of magicians? Gordon Bonnet, author of the Skeptophilia blog, will fill us in. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Animal Liberation, the book by philosopher Peter Singer that launched the animal rights movement. Did Singer get it right?  We’ll be looking into that complicated question over the next 2 or 3 shows. This week, in hour two of the show, we examine the ethics of eating meat with help from a vegan advocate, a chef, a slaughterer, and a  hunter in the first half of a Myoclonic Jerk podcast, the rest of which we’ll hear next week.

Is it ethical to eat animals?

Is it ethical to eat animals?