Friday, June 26, 2009

Episode 44 Sex, Drugs and Rock n' Roll with guest Ethan Nadelmann

Religion gets in the way of having fun. But for this special vice episode the doubtcasters celebrate those sins that can bring so much joy to our lives: sex, drugs and rock & roll. We begin by exploring (the leading Christian porn site - Check out their former mascot "Wally" here) which offers old time sexual repression in a hip new trendy package. We also discuss the religious roots of drug prohibition with Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. We conclude the episode with a selection, chosen by our listeners, of some of the best freethinking music out there. We hope you enjoy our goofy, irreverent (and hopefully informative) celebration of vice.

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Meia and JeanPierre said...

Where is the Wally picture? D:

Meia and JeanPierre said...

or should we say....

Jeremy said...

There's now a link to "Wally The Wiener" on the post.

The XXXchurch people must given up Wally as a mascot awhile ago. Luckily there were still a few pictures out there on the internet.

For a laugh, google "Wally the Wiener" and witness the shitstorm they created on the Christian blogosphere when Wally first debuted.

Teresa said...

Hey guys could you post a link listing some of the music you talked about today?

Anonymous said...

Great list of evil, godless music, guys. I became acquainted with many cool songs with which I was not familiar.

It was inevitable, but I was still dismayed to hear “Imagine” with its Marxist, beauty-pageant contestant lyrics get top billing. I know I am the only irreligious person who hates that song but I always puke when I hear someone with an estate worth hundreds of millions of dollars who is living the good life through capitalism sing about how great life would be with no possessions (right – go to Somalia or a homeless shelter in Detroit and tell them that!). When Lennon wrote those lame lyrics there were hundreds of millions of people living in miserable oppression under regimes that had achieved a state of no religion at the point of a gun. The sad truth is that there are much worse things to believe in than imaginary sky gods – totalitarian ideologies which promise to re-engineer human nature to achieve heaven on Earth are the worst of all.

Give me "Across the Universe" any day.

Your faithful listener,
Paul Kohnhorst
Rockford, IL

JavaTech said...

Another great show guys. Reasonable Doubts is quickly becoming my favorite podcast (inching out SGU by a narrow margin). Many thanks for all of your apostatical goodnes!

Tim ORourke said...

I cannot believe you did not mention Tim Minchin when discussing athiest and sceptical musicians.

Hong Kong

Anonymous said...

The download on iTumes is about 44 minutes long and seems to get cut-off near the end.

Unknown said...

Hey guys, I loved this episode and thought it was hilarious.

Just one omission I want to take issue with and that is the problem of porn addiction. Now I am a fellow free thinker and have no problem with pornography or m..... However, one of the issues I hear Christians bring up on this subject of "porn addiction." Now I have not really done any research into this but I have to agree that Christians have a point here based on anecdotal evidence. I know not everyone that watches porn becomes an addict, but I do feel that it is a harmful possiblity of porn. Does porn addiction exist and is it an issue for freethinkers when discussing this subject?

Also, you guys shared a Christian objection to it releases addicting or comforting chemicals. Would this not be the same chemicals relased during hetrosexual maritial intercourse? Therefore, that is a knock against all intercourse and not just self pleasuring.

David M

Anonymous said...

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Sharon said...

Hey There! I can't believe you didn't mention the music of Jethro Tull and the album Aqualung! Below is what is written inside the cover and it's the ONLY thing written.

1]In the beginning Man
created God; and in
the image of Man
created he him.

2] And Man gave unto God a
Multitude of names, that he might
be Lord over all the earth when
it was suited to Man.

3] And on the seven millionth
day Man rested and did lean
heavily on his God and saw that
it was good.

4] And Man formed Aqualung of
the dust of the ground, and a
host of others likened unto his

5] And these lesser men Man did
cast into the void. And some were
burned; and some were put apart
from their kind.

6] And Man became the God
that he had created and with his
miracles did rule over all the

7] But as all these things did
come to pass, the Spirit that did
cause man to create his God
lived on within all men: even
within Aqualung.

8] And man saw it not.

9] But for Christ's sake he'd
better start looking.

AxeGrrl said...

I can't believe Iris Dement's "Let The Mystery Be" wasn't mentioned by anyone!

'Everybody's wonderin' what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worryin' 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
But no one knows for certain and so it's all the same to me.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.

Some say once you're gone you're gone forever, and some say you're gonna come back.
Some say you rest in the arms of the Saviour if in sinful ways you lack.
Some say that they're comin' back in a garden, bunch of carrots and little sweet peas.
I think I'll just let the mystery be.

Some say they're goin' to a place called Glory and I ain't saying it ain't a fact.
But I've heard that I'm on the road to purgatory and I don't like the sound of that.
Well, I believe in love and I live my life accordingly.
But I choose to let the mystery be.'

Anonymous said...

Really? No Deicide? I just listened to the podcats about an hour ago and I figured I'd see Deicide at least once.

Some sample song titles by Deicide:
Bastard Of Christ
Behead the Prophet
Believe The Lie
Bible Basher
Christ Don't Care
Confessional Rape

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Anonymous said...

The Thermals' album, The Body, the Blood, the Machine, "the album tells the story of a young couple who must flee a United States governed by fascist faux-Christians."

Here's your future.