SPECIAL: To Punch Or Not To Punch a Nazi?: Chad Mummert

SPECIAL: To Punch Or Not To Punch a Nazi?: Chad Mummert

Due to the tragic and violent events taking place in Charlottesville Virginia this past weekend.  We are taking a break from our regular schedule programming to address a conversation around hate, dealing with it, and growing past it.

We all are expressing our anger, grief, pain, remorse, and disappointment differently.  It's important to feel those emotions.  Expression of our emotions is extremely healthy for us all.  But how should we express our distaste for the beliefs of others and our disgust with hate, indifference, white supremacy, the KKK, and Nazi's?

Is violence the answer? Is punching a Nazi justified?  Is it helpful?  Some would say yes. Some would say it doesn’t matter.  Some would say no...

EPISODE 081: A Man Loves a Woman, an Atheist Marries a Christian: Dave and Grace Kwon

EPISODE 081: A Man Loves a Woman, an Atheist Marries a Christian: Dave and Grace Kwon

A man loves a woman, so an Atheist marries a Christian.  Grace (a Christian) meets Dave (an Atheist), they work through their differences, become friends, fall in love, and get married.  Is that allowed?  Does it matter?  How did they do it?  What about their families? 

One evening in Whittier California, Dave and Grace had me over for dinner and drinks at their place to talk about their relationship, marriage, and story of joining despite their different beliefs...

EPISODE 063: Bartender Cuddles: Derek Pete

EPISODE 063: Bartender Cuddles: Derek Pete

Recording again while drinking genuine, fancy, delicious cocktails.  Because we're with Derek Pete, raised Seventh Day Adventist now atheist makes us a fantastic cocktail called The Last Word.

In this part of our time with Derek, I get to ask him questions, and he happily obliges with candid, honest and transparent answers about his upbringing, religious past, and family life.  This episode will speak and comfort so many of us that come from split families, tough upbringings, alcoholism, and much more...

EPISODE 062: Bartender Therapy: Derek Pete

EPISODE 062: Bartender Therapy: Derek Pete

So for the first time, we record while drinking genuine, fancy, delicious cocktails.  Because we're with a real bartender this time.  Derek Pete, raised Seventh Day Adventist now atheist makes us a fantastic cocktail called The Last Word.

Derek promised me that he would be asking me a bunch of questions if he ever came on the show.  He fulfilled that promise!  So in this first episode with Derek, he becomes the interviewer and me the interviewee.

EPISODE 059: What is Love?: Lori Fazzino

EPISODE 059: What is Love?: Lori Fazzino

So I wrote this Facebook post about love and fear and two ladies read it.  By no fault of their own, they read it from a different context than I intended.  They both made comments, which at the time I deemed as incoherent because they were so far out of my frame of reference for the post that I arrogantly tossed them aside.

"We need to have each other's backs and realize that in doing so we're not taking anything away from ourselves."

- Lori Fazzino

 

EPISODE 056: Mom, Aliens, Jesus, Paul, and the Rastafari: Silas Lindenstein

EPISODE 056: Mom, Aliens, Jesus, Paul, and the Rastafari: Silas Lindenstein

Silas and I pick up right where we left off, with out of body experiences, close encounters, and visits from angels.  We have some wonderful conversation about religion, Jesus, God, the universe, and wondering from where it all comes.

We spend an incredible amount of time discussing Silas life and marriage to a real, wonderful, Christian woman, his love for her and his kids.  We also have some incredible talks regarding the Bible, our affection for Jesus, and our distaste for the canonization of Paul...

EPISODE 055: A Star Wars Outta Body Experience: Silas Lindenstein

EPISODE 055: A Star Wars Outta Body Experience: Silas Lindenstein

This episode, we begin by talking about Star Wars as a Religion, and we end by talking about Out of Body experiences and seeing an Angel! 

Silas and I met through Facebook.  He and I both drive for Uber/Lyft on the side to make some extra cash and a local Facebook group for "drivers" introduced us...

EPISODE 049: Deconverting From Religion: PART TWO: Lori Fazzino

EPISODE 049:  Deconverting From Religion: PART TWO: Lori Fazzino

"Leaving religion is a journey and the things about it change for everyone." - Lori Fazzino

Her studies and research are fascinating.  In this episode she puts them to use and shares a lot more of her findings, stories of deconverted folks finding freedom, lets me know what stage of the process I am in and helps me through my fear of atheism...