Sarah Levin joins us on the Mythinformed podcast. Sarah Levin is the Senior Legislative Representative for the Secular Coalition for America, a lobbying group in Washington, D.C. representing non-religious people on Capitol Hill. She graduated from American University with a degree in International Studies, focusing on the Middle East and Israeli domestic politics.
During this interview Sarah takes us through an in depth look at what the Secular Coalition fro America has been working on. We discuss President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the medical aid-in-dying (death with dignity) legislation, President Trump's Muslim Ban, their recent Bad Bill Madness campaign, the bill that won, and the threats to church/state separation that are happening at the state level, and much more. Don't miss this interview!
Checkout the Secular Coalition for America's new Rapid Response Teams which is working to motivate secular Americans to attend townhalls.
Dr. David DiValerio is an Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies program and the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His major publications include "The Holy Madmen of Tibet" and the "Life of the Madman of Ü".
His primary research interest is the history of Tibetan Buddhism, with a focus on the Kagyü sect. He is also interested in the institutional and literary histories of the other sects of Tibetan Buddhism, the tantric traditions of India, religious asceticism, and sainthood. He works mainly in classical and modern Tibetan.
He is currently working on a monograph about long-term meditative retreat in Tibet. This study focuses on individual yogins’ relationships with society, with each other, with the material world, with food, and with their own bodies, and the ways those relationships are transformed in the course of undertaking extreme ascetic trials. This study is built upon close readings of Tibetan retreat manuals, descriptions of tantric practices, religious biographies, poems relating meditative experiences, letters, and more.
David takes us through his firsthand experience with Tibetan Buddhism and his experience of living in India, Nepal, and Tibet. We discuss the difference between Buddhism in the west vs. the East. We also get a glimpse into not well known tantric practices. Don’t miss this interview!
Harrison Mumia joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show
Harrison Mumia is the President of Atheists In Kenya (AIK), the most vibrant atheists movement in Kenya.
Atheists In Kenya's mission is to promote the growth and interaction of atheists in Kenya. Harrison has debated at numerous forums in Kenya including the University of Nairobi debate, titled "Does God Exist?".
He has extensively written articles about atheism, religion and secularism both in Kenyan print and on the atheists in Kenya website, as well as google groups and blogs. He has also made several appearances on NTV, KTN, Nation FM, QFM, Family Radio and KBC, which are all mainstream TV and Radio stations in Kenya, discussing issues revolving around secularism, atheism and religion in Kenya.
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Born in 1978, in Nairobi, Harrison Mumia completed his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2003 at the Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya. He is currently working with the Central Bank of Kenya as a Corporate Communications Manager. He is also pursuing a Masters in Corporate Communications at the Daystar University.
Through his experience as a leading atheist in Kenya, Mumia has worked together with local secular groups to push for a total separation of religion and state in Kenya. His articles have elicited public debate in the areas of religious education in public schools, preaching in public space especially in public transport vehicles and the authenticity of miracles by religious leaders. Inspired by atheists like Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens, Mumia is committed to promoting secularism in Kenya.
Today, more than 80 percent of the 46 million residents of Kenya are Christian. The remaining 20 percent of the country is a combination of Islam, Hinduism and traditionalists. And the word “atheist” is one rarely uttered by your average Kenyan.
In Kenya, religious indoctrination and adherence to the Abrahamic faiths is deeply engrained into the culture. Children pray in public schools and orphanages, prayer takes place in the workplace, and Christian beliefs and practices are preached on all of the major Kenyan media outlets on a daily basis. One visit to the country and experiencing the culture may leave the impression that there is no hope for secularism here.
This is where Harrison Mumia and the Atheists in Kenya group come in. Mumia is pioneering the unthinkable. He is taking on the overwhelming task of challenging the religious privilege by promoting secular and humanist values. Mumia and his team are openly secular and have appeared on many of the Kenyan media outlets, including the major newspaper and morning talk shows. They are working hard to bring many of the secular "firsts" to Kenya including the first ever atheist conference, atheist billboards, debates and much more. They are a shining beacon of hope for secular ideals in a country that is grossly indoctrinated into a religion that was forced upon their country.
The Honorable, former Governor of Virginia, Douglas Wilder on the “Mythicist Milwaukee Show”!
Lawrence Douglas Wilder is an American politician, who served as the first African American to be elected as governor of Virginia and first African-American governor of any state since Reconstruction. Wilder served as the 66th Governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. When earlier elected as Lieutenant Governor, he was the first African American elected to statewide office in Virginia. His most recent political office was Mayor of Richmond, Virginia, which he held from 2005 to 2009.
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Gov. Doug Wilder has released his first-ever autobiography, Son of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena which can be purchased here. He joins us live to discuss his life in politics, what he has learned throughout the years. Why he feels Hilary will not win, and where he has encountered conflicts of church and state during his political career.
Long before Barack Obama, there was Douglas Wilder, the grandson of slaves who became the first African-American elected Governor in the US.
This is the first autobiography of Lawrence Douglas Wilder, who was sworn in as Governor of Virginia in a January 1990 ceremony that changed the political face of the United States.
His new book "Son of Virginia", details the events of the Wilder’s life to paint a portrait of the changing face of America. It’s a story of his challenges and conflict, and the struggles of the courageous people who stood up to decades of discrimination, corruption and greed.
David joins us for a quick impromptu interview and shares a behind the scenes look at his upcoming book on the Christ myth theory.
David Fitzgerald is a writer, public speaker and historical researcher who has been actively investigating the Historical Jesus question for over ten years. He has a degree in history and was an associate member of CSER (the former Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion). He is the author of “NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All” and “The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion Book One: The Mormons” Secretly, he is also an award winning sci fi/fantasy/ and paranormal erotica writer under the pen name Kilt Kilpatrick.
His most recent discussion focused on the Mormon religion (LDS) where he points out how far one’s mind must stretch in order to believe in it. David is an LGBT activist, feminist, and a voice for others to feel stronger about themselves in this harsh world we live. David Fitzgerald has been called "one of the busiest atheist activists in the Bay Area." In addition to serving on the board of San Francisco Atheists and Center For Inquiry-SF, he is also the Director/Co-Founder of both the world's first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day celebration.
Kenneth Humphreys holds a Master's degree from the University of Essex in history and social sciences, a post-graduate pedagogic certificate from the University of Leicester, and a higher national certificate in business studies. He taught for many years in the UK and abroad. Religion, and in particular the claims of Christianity, have been a life-long interest.
His new Book “Jesus Never Existed: An Introduction to the Ultimate Heresy” is a scholarly yet easily digestible and entertaining approach to the Christ myth theory. His website Jesus never existed.com receives more than a million visitors a year. He is now fully occupied as a writer, radio broadcaster, and public speaker, and campaigns energetically against the tide of resurgent superstition and unreason.
Kenneth frequently uploads very entertaining videos questioning Jesus’ historicity on his YouTube channel. In this interview Kenneth shares his incredible sense of humor and knowledge on the Christ myth theory. This is a must listen interview for anyone that is interested in the fables that are found in the Bible.