SkepSun #165 (11_22_2015)

On Freethought Radio, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker declare “We love Paris, and detest religious terrorism.” In the news, we’ll hear about Governor Kasich calling for an agency to spread “Judeo-Christian values” and Mormons are leaving the church over their gay-marriage stance. After hearing John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Annie Laurie and Dan talk with Fernando Alcántar, a Mexican immigrant who was converted by American missionaries, became a Christian leader, and then became a gay atheist activist. His new book is To The Cross and Back: An Immigrant’s Journey from Faith to Reason.

Speaking of immigration, Gordon Bonnet has a thing or two to say to those who’d close the U.S. borders to refugees fleeing for their lives from Syria. He’ll even quote Christian scripture in a column from the Skeptophilia blog from the past week entitled “I was a stranger and you took me in.”

Then, in the wake of Islamist-sponsored massacres in Beirut, Paris and Bamako, what does the future look like for muslims in Western Societies, what are the prospects for a global civilization with shared values and what is the way forward?  Is a conversation even possible? Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz show that it is. Juliette Kayyem, Lecturer in Public Policy, at the Harvard Kennedy School moderates a discussion at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics between Maajid Nawaz, a British muslim and former jailed Islamist, Chairman of Quilliam, the world’s first counter-extremism think tank and Sam Harris, well known “New Atheist” author and neuroscientist.  The discussion, which took place in September of this year, centers around their jointly authored book, Islam and the Future of Tolerance .

Here is a Seidel to the Andrew Seidel article I mention at the end of the show.

Islam & Future of Tolerance