For reasons I explain in the podcast this is the last episode of Leaders in Free Thought, unless something way cool comes along that I just have to make an episode about; an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, perhaps. Or I find persuasive evidence of the coming rapture and biblical apocalypse necessitating that I warn everyone and let everyone know that what we’ve been saying on the podcast is WRONG! However, I imagine the probability of that scenario coming to pass is unlikely at best.
The long and the short of it is that A) I do not have the time to dedicate to the podcast that I used to, and B) There are only so many times you can affirm something does not exist or that magic is not real before you check that box and move on. To be sure, I believe this topic is an important one – very important – however, there are others more knowledgeable and more competent than me who can continue to carry the torch.
This episode features an interview with Janet Heimlich who recently authored a book titled Breaking their Will: Shedding a Light on Religious Child Maltreatment. It is mostly a collection of accounts of children suffering (physically, emotionally, and sexually) at the hands of religious parents or religious authority figures and usually in the name of a given religion. If you enjoy reading about such things then this is the book for you. My thoughts on it are pretty close to this review I found on Amazon.
Happy trails everyone!