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In our latest podcast, Jessica and I discussed the past week in politics and atheism.

We talked about:

— Hemant’s new podcast has hit its Kickstarter goal! But it’s not too late to donate! (0:41)

— Alabama’s near-complete ban on abortion may backfire and even conservatives seem to understand it. (2:03)

— Conservative blogger Matt Walsh says it’s good to force rape victims to have babies because it’s proof of the rape. (8:28)

— In Michigan, an anti-abortion lawmaker said abortions should be painful because that’s what God wants. (16:13)

— A Christian broadcaster says pro-choice people will be repeatedly aborted in Hell. (27:30)

— The Catholic Church’s lobbying arm in Pennsylvania called a sexual abuse victim a “troll.” (31:22)

— A cartoon rat from “Arthur” got gay-married and conservatives were furious. (37:09)

— Non-religious Americans are more reliably Democratic than nearly every other group. Why don’t candidates care? (41:35)

— A pastor who raped his 14-year-old adopted daughter got a more lenient prison sentence because he’s a Christian. (47:44)

— Hate-preacher Steven Anderson has been banned from just about every country. (50:40)

— A Christian school turned Hemant into a personal project. (53:12)

— This is a horrible reason for why kids should say “God Bless America” after the Pledge of Allegiance. (1:00:32)

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.