Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

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Kosher Tidepod Touchdown

Becky, Meredith, and Josh eat kosher gushers snacks in place of kosher laundry pods while exploring why laundry detergent even has kosher certification to begin with. They also balk at a Texas lawmaker’s attempt to make women “more responsible” about sex by outlawing abortion and an Iowa lawmaker’s attempt to create state standards for high school bible classes. Also: what kind of auto insurance does Jesus need?

Announcement: Darwin Day at the Burke

Join Seattle Atheists to celebrate the genius of Charles Darwin and the wonder of evolution with games, snacks, crafts, mini-lectures and more at the Burke Museum! Tickets to Darwin Day at the Burke will be free online and will include access to all exhibits in the museum. Seattle Atheists are still looking for volunteers!

  • When: Sunday, February 18, 12pm – 2pm (museum is open 10-5)
  • Where: Burke Museum, 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St.


  • Iowa considering “Bible Literacy” classes for children.
  • In which we discuss how Tide Pods are not Kosher and YOU SHOULD NOT EAT THEM.
    • Prohibition against suicide, per Rashi: Genesis 9:5 states, “But for your own life-blood I will require a reckoning: I will require it of every beast; of man, too, will I require a reckoning for human life, of every man for that of his fellow man.”
    • “Leave the drunk, as he falls on his own.” (Talmud, Shabbat 32a).
    • An inedible item that is a mixture of non-kosher ingredients, like hand salve, isn’t prohibited (Shulchan Arukh)
    • …based on the ruling that “non-kosher meats that rot and become inedible lose their status as a food, and are no longer prohibited.”
    • …until the moment someone eats it, when it then becomes an edible item that must be kosher!
  • Jesus fails to actually take the wheel, man crashes truck.
  • Texas lawmaker thinks it’s too easy to get an abortion, wants to abolish it. This is how easy it is:
    • 6 months after HB 2’s passage in 2013, abortion facilities decrease by almost 1/2, with remaining facilities concentrated in large urban center (meaning many women have to travel hundreds of miles to receive care)
    • Prior to receiving an abortion a woman must undergo state-directed counseling to discourage abortion, a mandatory ultrasound where provider must show image and describe the fetus, and a 24 wait after initial visit.
    • Private insurance policies cover abortion only in cases of life endangerment, unless you purchase additional coverage.
    • Health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act exchanges can only cover abortion if the woman’s life is endangeredl
    • Medication abortion cannot use telemedicine.
    • The parent of a minor must consent and be notified before an abortion is provided.
    • No public funding except for life endangerment, rape or incest.
    • No abortion after 20 weeks unless danger to woman’s life, or lethal fetal anomaly.
  • Our favorite former assistant football couch Joe Kennedy loses in court again.


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