Happy Monday! The latest episode of Bayou Blasphemy is up and ready for your heathen (or religious) ears! On this podcast, we talk about our experiences growing up with religion and what it means to raise kids without religion. Plus the Donald vs. Hillary in the general election, Glenn Beck's warning for 'Murica, anti-Bernie Sanders tow truck drivers, the West Point Cadets photo controversy and an update on Louisiana abortion legislation. Enjoy.
It's almost June, so ya'll know what that means...the trailer for Orange Is The New Black's new season is out! From what I can tell, our fourth go-around with Litchfield's inmate looks like it'll emphasize the drama side of dramedy. See for yourself below.
If you have an hour today, take time to listen to The Thinking Atheist's Seth Andrews interview with Dallas-based atheist activist Alix Jules, in which they discuss politics, race and atheism/secularism in the black community. The Ghostbusters 2-Donald Trump comparison at 24:18 alone is worth a listen.
Here's something to lift your spirit. Iconic abolitionist, suffragist and future $20 bill resident (bye Andrew!) Harriet Tubman will be getting the feature film treatment. A biopic entitled Harriet is in the works, with Charles D. King serving as producer and Seith Mann (Homeland, The Wire) signed on as director.
While Harriet will be the first big-screen chronicling of Tubman's extraordinary life, her story has been told on TV, with Cicely Tyson playing her in the 1978 miniseries A Woman Called Moses, and Viola Davis' upcoming portrayal based on Kate Clifford Larson's book Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero, set to air on HBO.
Production is set to begin early next year. Read more about Harriet HERE.
Our little band of heathens have put another podcast away! On this latest episode of Bayou Blasphemy, we talk about the atheist movement's uneasy relationship with social justice. We also pay homage to Prince, talk LGBT laws in Louisiana, BDSM pro-choice Satanists and the American Family Association's Target boycott. Enjoy!
I literally can't fucking believe I'm typing these words. But Prince is dead. He passed away earlier today at Paisley Park, one week after being hospitalized when his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois. A rep for the singer said he'd been battling a case of the flu.
Anyone who's glanced at this blog knows I have little (read practically no) faith in god, a divine plan or the concept of an afterlife. But this wasn't supposed to happen. Death wasn't supposed to come for Prince like this. He was supposed to keeping putting out new music and be showered with adulation at award shows and tour until the year 2058. All while maintaining an ageless complexion. Then one night during a co-headlining show with The Rolling Stones (who, let's face it, will be road warriors until they close the casket), a chariot of fire would swoop down from the sky, sweeping his Purple Madjesty up into the heavens like a modern day Elijah.
If I sound flippant, I don't mean to. It's just my way of processing how of the most iconic, prolific and influential careers in pop music history could come to such a sad, sudden end. And all due to a case of the goddamn flu. It's just a reminder that life is an invisible hour glass. We never know how sand we have left.
Our latest podcast of Bayou Blasphemy is up. In this episode, we talk about the Military Religious Freedom Foundation's fight to stop bibles from being placed at V.A. POW/MIA displays, as well as atheism and religion in military culture. We also give our two cents on Mississippi's "Guns in Churches" bill, Scientology disconnection, race and gender bias in TV and film and the 2016 presidential candidates' stances on science.
Please take time today to read Jezebel's highly illuminating article "The Rise and Fall of an All-American Catchphrase: Free, White and 21," which discusses the history of the aforementioned catchphrase that originally began in the 19th century but became a pop culture staple thanks to it's appearance in dozens of Hollywood films in the 30's and 40's. Or if you don't have the time, watch the montage of clips of movies featuring the phrase--which has curiously been erased from film history--below.
While I haven't been hitting the keys here lately--Mama's still raisin' coin for a new laptop--I've been running my mouth aplenty. Back in January, myself and few other infidels in my local atheist group started a bi-weekly podcast called Bayou Blasphemy, in which we meet up at a member's house and flap our yaps about religion, atheism, currents events, pop culture and whatever else crosses our fevered minds.
In our latest episode, entitled "Sex and the Secularist," we discuss how religion influenced our views on sex and gender, as well as North Carolina and Mississippi religious liberty laws, Donald Trump's abortion snafu and a Shreveport pastor's Jesus Christ pose. Enjoy.