SkepSun #158 (10_04_2015)

On Freethought Radio, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker examine the duplicity of government officials who place religious images in public buildings and put “In God We Trust” on police vehicles, claiming these acts are not religious while at the same time admitting they want to proselytize for Jesus and they talk with David Clohessy, National Director of SNAP (Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests) about his recent settlement with the diocese of Jefferson, Missouri over his own abuse by a priest in the early 1970s.

After Freethought Radio, Ryan Haupt turns a skeptical eye to stories from the 1970s about a cryptid from his hometown in Loveland, Ohio known as the “Loveland Frog” on the Skeptoid podcast.  Might there still be an amphi-humanoid inhabiting the roadside ditches of southwestern Ohio?

Then, after reading Ava Norwood’s novel If I Make My Bed In Hell and  two recent articles in the Pacific Standard (here and here) about the Twelve Tribes group which runs the Maté Factor Restaurant on the Ithaca Commons, Gordon Bonnet, author of the Skeptophilia blog, looks at how fear generated by religious beliefs can be used as cudgel to make life hell on earth for vulnerable women and children.

In Hour Two, Bo Bennett on the Humanist Hour podcast interviews Chris Matheson, a screenwriter from Portland, Oregon whose credits include Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, and Rapture-Palooza about his new book The Story of God: A Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate). What kind of psychological profile do we come away with for God if we look closely at the character of God as he’s portrayed in the Old and New Testaments?

Meet the anuran-humanoid cryptid from southwestern Ohio, the Loveland Frog

Meet the anuran-humanoid cryptid from southwestern Ohio, the Loveland Frog