–TLC pulls “19 Kids and Counting” after a sexual molestation scandal is revealed which implicates reality show star, and anti-LGBT campaigner, Josh Duggar.
–Has the time come to stop referring to ourselves and others as black, white, etc? An article seen on Addicting Info prompts a discussion about the social construct of race, and why, despite the objection of many, we think it can still be useful.
–Shootout between rival biker gangs in Waco disproves the idea of more guns leading to polite society. But it also prompted us to think about the era of the Wild West, and finding out it wasn’t as “wild” as we once thought.
–Recommendations: Bobby does his best to insert Star Wars into every discussion by recommending…Star Wars. Meanwhile, Jason thinks many will find value in the HBO documentary “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” which he feels is an insightful and moving portrayal of compassion during the dying process.
–Thinking more about life inside prison led us to wonder whether higher education should be made available to more prisoners. Our initial reticence about it led to us asking if educating prisoners at taxpayer expense would actually be cheaper and more ethical in the long run.
–After a debate at Stony Brooke University between an Atheist and a Christian apologist, the participants are surprised to learn that an LGBTQ community group was demanding an apology and censure of administrators who allowed the apologist a venue to speak. We talk about the issue of free speech on campus, and discuss whether it is better to fight bad arguments with good arguments or with censorship.
–Well publicized sexual assault allegations involving two prominent members of the skeptical community have been resolved after the accuser signs a statement more or less admitting the charges were untrue.
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