Atheism

Karen Garst The Faithless Feminist on Mythcon, Women V Religion and More!

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Karen Garst joins us live to discuss her upcoming conversation on stage at Mythcon V. We also discuss her new book and the current state of Atheism in the US.

Karen L. Garst holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She retired as executive director of the Oregon State Bar in 2008. She has edited two anthologies about women and religion: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion and Women v. Religion: The Case Against Faith… and for Freedom. 

Paulogia Joins Us on the Mythinformed Podcast

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Paulogia is a former Christian that takes a look at the claims of Christians, wherever science is being denied in the name of ancient books.

Checkout Paulogia's channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIS4cWaXgWpznjwovFYQBJQ

Mel Talk w/ Melissa Shoshahi

Melissa Shoshahi is an Iranian-American stand-up comedian and writer based in Los Angeles. Performing across the country and Canada, Melissa brings her witty personality to the stage and knows no limits when it comes to comedy - culture, politics, race and gender are all fair game. Melissa also offers insight and humor regarding her unique upbringing.

Melissa’s creativity and writing are showcased on Nickelodeon’s NickMom channel, her stand-up has been featured on the TV show Laughs on FOX, she is a NACA showcase artist performing at universities throughout the country, has her weekly podcast Mel Talk on iTunes and can currently be seen in the upcoming indie flick Lost in Austin. Festival credits include the San Francisco Comedy Competition, She Devil Comedy Festival in NY, Westside Comedy Competition and Desi Comedy Festival in San Francisco.

Membership Spotlight on...Ex-Jehovah's Witness, Daniel Wiebe

Wiebe and Walter Reed, aka Killah Priest at the Mythinformation II VIP After-Party. 

Daniel Wiebe has been making up for lost time.

“I think I have learned more in the last two years than I did in the previous thirty-six,” he says.

Wiebe grew up an only child in a Jehovah’s Witness family in Wisconsin. His education was filtered through the church. He now can read about philosophy and the sciences.

“I was raised with a religious education that was largely based on deconstructing the beliefs of other religions,” says Wiebe. “It’s incredibly liberating to be able to continue that process now in seeing where the beliefs I grew up with came from.”

Wiebe and David Fitzgerald at Mythinformation II VIP After-Party, Oct 2015

He says he was indoctrinated to believe Jehovah’s Witnesses was “the one and only organization that had God’s approval.”

Wiebe was baptized at 16 years old.

“It was always understood that leaving the religion after my baptism would mean leaving God, my family, and my entire social circle,” says Wiebe.

At 24, he began having doubts about his beliefs. Over the next decade he says he experienced a “growing existential panic.” He exited the religion in September 2014 knowing his beliefs were a lie.

“It was like waking up from a dream, and as the dream ended all the relationships I had in that dream ended as well,” says the now 38-year-old.

Sam Harris was helpful in his deconversion by pointing out the absurdity of religion.  Today, he is reading more scholarly literature.

“I’m like a sponge soaking up information related to comparative religious studies,” he says.

The first Mythinformation Conference brought Wiebe and his wife, Emily, to Mythicist Milwaukee.

“I looked at Emily and said, ‘These are my people,;” he says. “Becoming a member was the next logical step.”

Wiebe says the Mythinformation Conferences and Buzzed Belief debates are important to educating society.

“I am proud to support it,” he says.

Want to enjoy member benefits such as the many Member-Only parties?? Become a member.

 

Carolina Speaks

Carolina Peña, 17, appeared on “Equador’s Got Talent,” which is more like American Idol than America’s Got Talent. After a performance, one judge asked her if she believed in god.

She told the truth -  No.

“People don’t talk about this,” said Peña of atheism.

She was condemned heavily by that judge, followed by the others.

“My country went crazy. A lot of people supported me in my city. A lot of people supported me, more than I thought,” said Peña.

The judges received death threats. Peña feared for her life.

“I was very afraid just to go out into the streets. It’s very, it’s very dangerous in my country.”

Peña was at the mall eating the weekend the video of her went viral.

“This crazy person started following me and saying bad things about me, telling me I needed to believe in god.”

Months later, the situation has calmed down. Peña is casual about her fifteen minutes of fame.

“People forget about things,” she said.

She sees a change since her fiasco.

“A lot of youth stand up for themselves, like, ‘Yeah, I’m an atheist too.’”

On stage at the Reason Rally 2016, Penn Jillette suggested Pena was a “hero” to the cause. Peña response is more modest.

“They asked me a question and I responded.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thou Shalt Talk About Sex w/ Valerie Tarico

Valerie Tarico on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

We were honored to have Valerie Tarico join us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show. During this interview, Valerie takes us through an in depth look into her background as an evangelical Christian while she was an undergrad and her transition into secularism. She explains the psychology behind how and why how religion has trained our society to treat men and women differently as well as how it has created guilt around natural human sexual behavior. She covers these topics and much more. Make sure to listen to this interview!  Valerie's very impressive bio is stated below in its entirety:

Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington.  She completed her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa and postdoctoral studies at the University of Washington. She subsequently joined the staff of Seattle Children’s Hospital and ran Children’s Behavior and Learning Clinic in Bellevue, Washington, before moving to a private clinic.  Eventually it became clear that social and political trends were undermining what she was trying to accomplish as a mental health practitioner:  to have there be a little less pain and a little more delight in the world.  She closed her practice to take on some of those bigger issues.

As a writer Valerie tackles the intersection between religious belief, psychology and politics, with a growing focus on women’s issues and contraceptive technologies that she thinks are upstream game changers for a broad range of challenges that humanity faces.

Valerie is the author of Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, and Deas and Other Imaginings: 10 Spiritual Folktales for Children. She currently writes for the Alternet, and occasionally for Huffington Post and Truthout. Her articles are popular at Salon.com, ExChristian.net and IEET.org.   Until the closure of SCAN TV in 2011, she hosted a monthly series, “Christianity in the Public Square” on Moral Politics Television in Seattle. Her YouTube Channel, AwayPoint offers resources for recovering Evangelicals and others who want to better understand the psychology of biblical Christian belief.

Tarico is actively engaged in dialogue that aims to find common ground between theists and freethinkers, in particular by focusing on humanity’s shared moral core. She is a founder of WisdomCommons.org, an interactive site that allows users to find and discuss information about virtues that emerge repeatedly across secular and religious wisdom traditions.  A related series of parenting articles, “Character Corner” can be found at The Community of Mindful Parents. A complete set of her articles is available here atAwayPoint.wordpress.com.

Where Myths Go To Die w/ Shelley Segal (Live in the Studio!)

Shelley Segal Live in the Studio! 

Shelley Segal is an up and coming singer and songwriter based out of Melbourne, Australia.

An artist, an activist and an explicit storyteller. Shelley uses her music not only to express the way she sees the world, but to create the world that she wants to see. In addition to her art Shelley is an outspoken secular advocate and is very involved in the secular community.

Shelley has performed for many large crowds including the Reason Rally in Washington DC. Shelley's newest EP "Strange Feeling" is available on her website at ShelleySegal.com

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During Shelley’s tour of the US this year, (2015) we had the pleasure of meeting with her live while she was in Milwaukee. Shelley honored us with a live podcast interview where she shares the many things she had experienced on her tour. She also performs some of her songs live during the interview! 

On the spot, Shelley also wrote and performed a custom song for us while she was in the studio! We put together a video of this incredibly beautiful song. Give it a listen and you will be hooked. 

Hispanic American Freethinkers w/ David Tamayo

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David Tamayo is president and founder of Hispanic American Freethinkers (HAFree), a national nonprofit educational organization with emphasis on serving the Latino community in the U.S. Mr. Tamayo received his Bachelors degree in Computer Science from George Washington University and his Masters degree in Management in Information Technology from University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He currently serves as Vice President of Technology for large corporation in the Washington DC area.

 

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Mr. Tamayo developed a critical thinking program for English as a Second Language (ESL) students at the high school level. This program is currently being used by some high schools in Northern VA and is in the process of being expanded to other high school systems. He is also one of the producers and conductors of the HAFree podcast (mostly in Spanish) discussing issues of religion in the Hispanic communities and encouraging young Latinos to pursue careers in the “hard” sciences such as physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, etc.

An Atheist READS Online

Steve Shives joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

Steve Shives is an upcoming Youtuber and blogger known within the secular community for analyzing/critiquing apologist literature. His videos have been features on the Richard Dawkins Foundation of Reason. He also does a lot of active work with feminism.

Steve Shives has been making YouTube videos since 2010. His work covers a broad range of topics, including religion, science, politics, and popular culture. He strives to be a critical yet positive voice within the atheist community.

During this interview Steve explains how he got started making films and where he want to take this initiative. This is a very entertaining look into the mind of Steve Shives. If you are a fan of his work support his Patreon page here: 

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Keeping Up With Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta joins us on the "Mythicist Milwaukee Show"

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Hemant Mehta is the author of “I Sold My Soul on EBay: Viewing Faith Through an Atheist's Eyes” and “The Young Atheist's Survival Guide: Helping Secular Students Thrive”. Hemant posts daily on his blog entitled “Friendly Atheist” on Patheos.com and is a sought-after speaker at secular conferences.  

He has worked with the Center For Inquiry and the Secular Coalition for America, and also served as chair of the Secular Student Alliance. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Foundation Beyond Belief which is a secular humanist organization that demonstrates humanism at its best by supporting efforts to improve this world and this life, and to challenge humanists to embody the highest principles of humanism, including mutual care and responsibility. You can support Hemant and his work here.

Hemant will be traveling to Milwaukee on April 25th to speak at the Mythinformation Conference brought to you by Mythicist Milwaukee. Make sure to purchase your tickets today!

Godless Engineer Joins Us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

What is it like to be an atheist in the South? 

John Gleason aka Godless Engineering is an atheist activist that currently lives  in Alabama. He has over 79,000 Facebook likes and over 2,100 YouTube subscribers. He is an advocate of reason over faith and a proponent of the mythicist position. His overall mission for his activism is to build a safe place for Atheists, Agnostics, and Secular Humanists to share their comments and find common ground.

John shares with us his experience as an atheist in the South as well as how he became aware of the mythicist position.

Who are the Ex-Muslims of North America?

Muhammad Syed Joins us on the "Mythicist Milwaukee Show"

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Muhammad Syed is the Executive Director of The Ex-Muslims of North America. The Ex- Muslims of North America is an organization dedicated to supporting and helping ex-Muslims build a community and provide a sense of solidarity in North America. 

 

Many of their members are people who have had to remain ‘in the closet’ about their lack of belief in Islam. This is due to the dehumanizing effects of the apostasy taboo that much of Islamic scriptures, scholars and communities have often imposed upon those who cannot make themselves believe in Islam. To preserve their members’ safety, their group’s purpose is not primarily focused on public advocacy, although they will do their best to support and assist those members who are able to publicly advocate for ex-Muslims.

While The Ex-Muslims of North America denounce the bigotry of those who promote their racist and xenophobic ideas under the guise of criticizing Muslims, they also denounce the cultural and moral relativism of those who propagate the idea that all people of Muslim backgrounds are the same and want to follow Islam, and that Islam is somehow less capable of being scrutinized than other belief systems.