In this episode Doug talks to Nick Little, Legal Director of the Center for Inquiry, about several recent federal court decisions that ignore science and logic to allow churches to ignore public health orders during this pandemic. Where is the irreparable harm from a limit to the number of people allowed to particpate in an in-person church service. Nick explains how this all started with the Hobby Lobby contraceptive case and we will be living with it for some time to come.
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In this episode Doug looks at the return of the tone policing beltway media where bipartisanship is a one way street to the GOP. A Republican in the Ohio Senate introduces yet another bill to kick poor people while they are down during a pandemic. Meanwhile the GOP super majority in the Ohio state house promote two members who don’t know how science works as chairs of health care committees including a Doctor who might actually be racist.
In this episode Doug speaks to Isaac Goff-Mitchell, creator and host of The Youth Vote podcast. They talk about how to increase the participation of young people in the election process from voting to running for office. What is one simple thing Democrats could do that the GOP does for the youth who work for them?
In this episode Doug explains why the just passed COVID relief bill is doing Democrats no favors. Next three local private schools try to do an end around COVID restrictions for sports. Doug also talks about some team mascot changes and why people still complain about them and finally we look at the just passed House Resolution 512 that calls on countries that have them to repeal their blasphemy laws.
00:36 Only Six-hundred Dollars?
08:03 School COVID Cheats
16:20 Offensive Unoffensive School Mascots
20:52 Blasphemy Be Gone
In this episode Doug talks about the recent release of secular agendas to the Biden-Harris transition team to help restore the separation of church and state. One particular word change could make some Christian nationalist heads explode and it isn’t saying Happy Holidays. Doug then complains about the infighting between mainstream Democrats and progressives now that the election is over and why it’s only hurting Democrats. Finally Doug mentions the latest religious freedom perversion from the US Supreme Court it allows some churches to ignore state public health orders.
In this episode Doug gets schooled on the Secular Voices Survey by Dr. Juhem Navarro-Rivera from Socioanalitica Research. Secular voters are more than atheist and agnostic and they are more political and more progressive than white Christian nationalists. Secular voters also are more concerned about the response to COVID-19. Dr. Navarro-Rivera also touches on the Latinx vote. Voters for Trump tended to come from countries where they were richer and a higher social class than Latinx voters in Arizona which went for Biden.