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I’ll be the guest on tonight’s episode of Brave Hero Radio (Saturday, November 16th) at 8 p.m. EST (which is 5 p.m. PST/1 a.m. GMT, etc.) I’m really looking forward to it. It’s an interesting, informative, and fun show hosted by Justin Vacula and Karla Porter, and you can find out more about it and download previous episodes/subscribe to the podcast here.

Among other things, I’ll be discussing Catholicism, particularly the dangers posed by the USCCB (the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops). If you’re interested in some background information on my interest in the USCCB, here are a few things that I’ve written/said about them over the past few years:

–  “A worthless and dangerous report”: an analysis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ report “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010”

– “A worthless and dangerous report indeed”

– Al Jazeera English interviewed me for an op-ed on the USSCB last year (my quotes and some discussion of my analysis can be found about halfway down that page).

– A video about the USSCB that I made last year: “The dangers posed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops”

If you want to listen live tonight, head to the episode’s page. From there, you can also join in the chat room and/or call in with any questions or comments. If you can’t listen live, or if you’d prefer the podcast version, the episode will also be available here and on iTunes soon after the show is over. Justin also set up a Facebook event for the show, and you can join that here.

Thanks so much!

Update: November 17th

The show went really well. Many thanks to Justin and Karla for having me as a guest. If you’re interested in any of the articles/reports/sites, etc., that I referenced/discussed/talked about during the show, they’re all linked to in this post (see above). And if you have any other questions about anything that I discussed and/or want any additional information, etc., please feel free to email me. I’ll be happy to help.

I think that it’s extremely important to draw attention to the dangers posed by powerful hardline conservative Catholic organizations like the USCCB, particularly because the mainstream media very rarely does so (which is frustrating, to say the least), and I’d like to keep discussing such issues, both on the radio/on podcasts and in talks, etc.

If you’d like to listen to the show, I’ve embedded a player below. You can also listen to/download it here or download the podcast from iTunes. Thanks!


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One Response to I’ll be discussing Catholicism live tonight (updated)

  1. Richard Montgomery says:

    Miranda, thank you for your post. I enjoyed listening to your podcast.

    My own Catholic upbringing brought me far closer to the liberation theology crowd (especially during my university days) than to the conservative brigade with which you have to deal in the US context. The siege mentality adopted by churches in response to legitimate criticism is incomprehensible given the values portrayed in the gospels as having belonged to Jesus. Not that the Catholics are the worst in this department.

    One thing that does interest me is the journey from schooled religious person to atheist. I see that the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science’s FB page posted a question on that today. I would be most interested to hear the triggers that took you from your upbringing to your current philosophies.

    The answer that I posted on the RDFRS page follows (a bit longer than anticipated, hence tacked on at the end of this posting):

    My own journey (after an upbringing incorporating Catholicism and an Anglican church school) began as an adult when I started questioning my delusions – how much of the peace that I felt when I believed I was communicating with god was real and how much was due to the fact that ignorant people had been indoctrinating me all my life? In particular it was apparent that many people claiming virtue through religion did not measure up to the claim. If being a christian meant espousing the values of Jesus, as outlined in the gospels, then most atheists that I knew were better christians than those claiming to be such.

    As I questioned my own feelings and restated the null hypothesis (i.e. “god does not exist”, rather than “god exists”) I still had to address the question: Is my rejection of god purely based on my distaste for many people who claim to follow him? The pure evil sometimes done in the name of religion is not in itself proof or evidence of the non-existence of god.

    My ultimate decision was based on the analysis of where the god-myth originates. In the judeo-christian (and islamic) tradition a key sample answer concerns a guy going up a mountain then coming down claiming to have spoken to a powerful source with an abundant font of good resources, along with rules for everyone else to follow and horrifying threats for those who do not fall in line. To access these resources involves acknowledging the guy as the leader and allowing him to collect the tithes. The parallels with the common 419 scam are alarming. After that the application of the scientific method and a refusal to accept tautology quickly leads to an agnostic or atheistic stance.

    Despite rejecting god and, with more vigour, religion I am still aware that despite a lot of religious evil there has been a lot of good done through religions. I have a lot of friends who still believe in a god, despite these friends being highly intelligent and good, kind individuals. Many exquisite works of art and music came with or through religious patronage. Religious charities often do very good, and not always as an institutional example of Münchausen Syndrome by proxy. Accepting the fact that not all that is religious is necessarily evil is perhaps the final part of accepting the right of others to be wrong (with as great a certainty as is possible in any philosophical discourse).

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