Indiana Governor Mike Pence Signs Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

By on March 27, 2015 | Discuss

Starting July 1, 2015 Indiana business owners will have the legal right to deny employment to same-sex couples if they wish.

Titled the Religious Freedom Restoration bill, Indiana SB 101 was signed by Governor Mike Pence on the morning of Thursday, March 26, 2015. Governor Pence:

The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact. I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue.

The law may also be interpreted to support other forms of discrimination. From NPR:

During debate on the legislation, state Rep. Bruce Borders cited the example of an anesthesiologist who objected to putting under a woman who was preparing to undergo an abortion.

The bill has been widely criticized as legalizing discrimination against same-sex couples by many groups and individuals including the Human Rights Campaign.

Tom Manger of the Secular Coalition for California

By on November 20, 2014 | Discuss

Tom talks to the Legislative Chair for the Secular Coalition of California Tom Manger on atheist political representation in America and abroad, and what can be done to help.

Noah Lugeons

By on October 30, 2014 | Discuss

Noah Lugeons hosts The Scathing Atheist, a straight-to-the-point, explicit language-bearing show by atheists for atheists. Tom interviews Noah to explore the appeal of this particular brand of atheism.

Orthodox men ‘bullying’ female airline passengers

By on October 11, 2014 | Discuss

Flight delays and accusations of sexism are abound in flights to and from Tel Aviv due to ultra-orthodox Jewish men’s refusal to sit next to female passengers. Speaking on a radio show in Israel, former executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Elana Sztokman explains:

What happened to me on this flight isn’t that different from what happens on almost every flight. You get on a plane, and the plane is about to take off but a whole bunch of ultra-orthodox men start playing around, moving around, whispering, moving back and forth trying to find different seats … Anyone who’s ever travelled on El Al has experienced this.

There is a petition on asking El Al Airlines to take appropriate action:

If a passenger was being verbally or physically abusive to airline staff, they would immediately be removed from the plane.

If a passenger was flouting the rules for take-off, thereby causing flight delay, they would immediately be removed from the plane.

If a passenger was openly engaging in racial or religious discrimination against another passenger or flight attendant, they would immediately be removed from the plane.

Why then, does El Al Airlines allow gender discrimination against women?

Matt Dillahunty

By on October 6, 2014 | Discuss

Tom chats with The Atheist Experience host and public speaker Matt Dillahunty.

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