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

We talked about:

— An Idaho church held an indoor service. Masks optional. 1,000 people came. (0:55)

— Jehovah’s Witnesses are among the few groups not taking part in an Australian program meant to help sexual abuse survivors. (5:06)

— A pastor and his wife were arrested for taking part in an embezzling scheme. (11:33)

— The Supreme Court just made it possible for private religious schools to receive taxpayer money. (16:58)

Sen. Rand Paul hates experts. (24:23)

— A powerful megachurch pastor let a potential predator work with kids. Now we know why. (41:18)

— A Catholic priest was suspended after comparing Black Lives Matter organizers to maggots. (50:23)

— The numbers are in! The Catholic Church spent more than $280 million on sex abuse cases in 2019. (54:20)

— “Cancel Culture” doesn’t need to get rid of Darwin. But it wouldn’t matter if he got canceled. (1:02:14)

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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.