Ask an Atheist with Sam Mulvey

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Becky, Josh, and Dan talk about how irrational belief can disadvantage children and impact public health.  They also discuss the potential benefits of atheist holidays and pan-humanity brain dump truth revelations.

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I always believed in Jesus as my lord and savior since I was a child. I’m a nurse and when one of my patients died, a beam of blue sapphire light came through the ceiling of the room and went directly on my patient. Then I saw my patient’s soul come out of his body. It looked identical to him. Same hair cut and style. Then his eyes opened and looked up the beam of light and he started to go up in the beam of light towards the ceiling then the light disappeared. The whole thing happened in about 8 seconds or less. There is a God people and Jesus is Lord/ God. Before that all happened, I called on Jesus to help me and help my patient, then it all happened in 3D 1-2 feet from my eyes. I have never had an experience like that before that or since that time. How do you explain that? -E from The Internet

Do you think it would do more harm or good if everyone spontaneously learned the truth about all religions all at once? (Something like a hive-mind infodump?) Even if it turned out one of the religions out there was actually right? -Gideon from The Internet

Can we create an official atheist holiday where we can get off work that’s protected by freedom of religion? -Laura from Falls Church, Virginia

‪Listening to Ask an Atheist about snow on hilly windy infrastructure made me think of snow here in Pittsburgh. -David from Pennsylvania

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I’m Catholic and I just wanted to clarify something about fasting rules. There was a concern raised in the last episode about children being required to fast. The rules for fasting do not apply to children. Here’s the URL for the US Catholic Bishop’s website which states: “For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59.”

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/catholic-information-on-lenten-fast-and-abstinence.cfm

Eastern Catholics do have their own fasting practices, however the best that I can tell from quick googling those also apply to adults although I could be mistaken on this.