Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

Separation of Church and State

Our next episode will feature Scott and Casey as they explore the US’s widely cheered and widely challenged separation of the church and the state.

About the Author: Sam Mulvey

Sam Mulvey is a producer and the technical brain behind Ask an Atheist. He is a collector of vinegar varieties, vintage computers, antique radios, and propaganda.

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Good to hear. I was actually going to write to both you and the atheist experience regarding the stated policy of not talking about politics. It seems to me that the effect religion has on … well everything in out Government is something that should be discussed by atheists and especially on popular programs like these as well as on Youtube [I know it’s discussed more there]. I believe that the question that most “sort of believers” ask “what harm does it do”? can best be answered by looking at the morons that religious people send to Washington to make… Read more »


Eric, After the show I got interviewed by Casey for another half hour or so, and a lot of that interview WAS specifically focused on my own liberal politics. I assume this is going to be available on the site sometime soon, though I can’t find it yet. Long story short though, I agree with you. It’s easy and right to attack religiously motivated lunacy that comes into play in national politics. The sticky area is that many of us have our own opinions that aren’t necessarily directly related to the religious lunacy, and that’s where there’s a question of… Read more »

Mike Gillis

I agree with Russell about the inherently divisive nature of atheists — as organizations and shows — becoming overtly partisan. I think it’s important for us to speak out on political issues relating to religion, belief, church/state separation, skepticism and science. When we’re speaking out as representatives of atheist organizations or television shows, I prefer that we limit ourselves to those topics in the political realm. As individuals, we all have strong opinions on everything from healthcare to financial regulation to taxation, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense to use an atheist show to air these opinions, especially… Read more »

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