Episode Archive for December 2013

The War on Christmas

December 30, 2013

As the War on Christmas wages on, our host Josh Zepps interviews Rob Boston, Senior Policy Analyst for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, editor of Church & State magazine, and author of Close Encounters with the Religious Right: Journeys into the Twilight Zone of Religion and Politics and the upcoming Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do.

Kathryn Joyce - The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption

December 23, 2013

Joining Lindsay Bernstein this week is Kathryn Joyce, one of the foremost reporters chronicling the Religious Right today.  She made “Quiverfull” a household name with her first book, Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement.Her new book is called The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption. The book is the product of four years of reporting from four different countries.

Joyce found that adoption has become the hot new spiritual fad among U.S. evangelicals, often with devastating consequences for children and families at home and abroad.

Evangelical adoption crusaders sell the idea…

P.J. O’Rourke - American Satirist, Journalist and Author

December 16, 2013

This week on Point of Inquiry, Josh Zepps welcomes P.J. O’Rourke, humorist, cultural commentator and best selling author of sixteen books. An early proponent of “gonzo journalism” and is a self described libertarian, O’Rourke has served as editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, and has spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic as the worlds only “trouble spot humorist” going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other “Holidays in Hell” in more than 40 countries. O’Rourke is the H.L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and a frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s game show Wait Wait… Don’t…

Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State

December 09, 2013

This week on Point of Inquiry, Lindsay Beyerstein talks with Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, and a strong advocate of separation of church and state.

The conversation focuses on the Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear the Hobby Lobby contraception mandate case. This is the most high profile case challenging the birth control mandate, one of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Lynn explains how Hobby…

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa - First Hindu Chaplain for Columbia University

December 02, 2013

This week’s Point of Inquiry features Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, first ever Hindu Chaplain for Columbia University and New York University, the interfaith chaplain at Union Theological Seminary, and author of Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine. Pandit, who teaches courses on Hindu scriptures, has spoken at a recent TEDx Conference and was featured in the NPR piece “Long Days and Short Nights of a Hindu Monk.” He appeared in a PBS documentary on the Bhagavad Gita, and is also a regular contributor for the Huffington Post.

Host Josh Zepps frames this episode’s…