Episode 27: Worlds Collide: Religion and Politics

Episode 27: Worlds Collide: Religion and Politics

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You may remember when we covered The Response a few months ago (a few times really). The fiasco with Texas Governor, and Presidential wannabe, Rick Perry colluding with the Christian hate group the American Family Association to hold a gigantic prayer rally to rectify the country’s problems. Well the AFA is taking it on the road now and bringing it to the primaries. This whole thing is sinister in that it veils itself in talk of economic woes and political discord but what actually gets discussed are the typical evangelical talking points of anti-gay and anti-choice propaganda. The point isn’t to help America it is to help the evangelical movement tear down Jefferson’s wall.In other news, we discussed the Oklahoma City Council which passed a bill, which should not be a controversial but for some reason is, protecting municipal employees from being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Of course the debate was heated over this measure, which luckily passed 7-2, but not before pastor Tom Vinyard made the fallacious statement, to much applause, that most murders are committed by gay people. The ignorance on display is saddening but as we all agree the wheels of progress will continue to move forward and we will drag these troglodytes into the next century kicking and screaming if we must. The history of our civilization is one of progress regardless of those who set out stumbling blocks and try to cling to archaic social norms.

Finally, we continue on to Bob’s thought experiment. This is perhaps my favourite one so far because of the nuance and economy added to the problem. What is the value of a human life? (Note: after filming this episode we discovered the VSA, or Value of Statistical Life, which is used to actually measure the value of a human life by various companies and agencies. Currently the EPA’s VSL is approx. $7.4 million [2006 dollars].) Remember to let us know what your thoughts are on government sanctioned exemptions for religiously based bullying or what you thought about this week’s thought experiment. You can contact us at [email protected], like us on Facebook or call the ZPN hotline at (757) 337-2195. And don’t forget to subscribe to This Non-Religious Life on  iTunes or listen to us on Stitcher Radio.

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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