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.
This week we have a whole slew of topics to discuss. First, we get into the hilarious topic of evangelical politicians who make up wild and outlandish stories to rile up the conservative Christian base. In this case, Mike Huckabee claims that if the Obama contraceptive insurance policy isn’t stopped the next logical progression is that the EPA will ban baptisms because it requires too much water. The next story is one of a woman who, after a DUI arrest and conviction, had a quite untraditional addendum to her sentence; in addition to eight years in prison and five years probation she must read and write an essay on the biblical book of Job. We also discuss the idea of the Bible as a threat to national security. From Bibles bearing various military insignia to rifle scopes with Bible verses for serial numbers to Evangelical Christian music concerts on military installations, when we have a military presence in two Muslim nations the appearance that ours are theological crusades is one we cannot risk.
A bulk of our show, however, deals with Paul Verhoeven’s new movie, the director of Robocop and Total Recall is apparently also a member of the Jesus Seminar. His new movie, based on his 2003 book, Jesus of Nazareth takes an historical view of Jesus as well as a highly controversial position on the virgin birth, namely that Mary was raped by a Roman soldier. This is an ancient claim going back as far as the second century pagan author Celsus. It is also recorded in the Jewish anti-gospel the Toledot Yeshu. We make some Monty Python jokes and quips about homeopathic levels of holiness in groundwater so stay tuned.
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