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This is the official broadcast of the nonprofit organization Recovering from Religion (RfR), hosted by Emily Karp and Scott Smith, two volunteers on RfR's Hotline Project. Every aspect of leaving, questioning, or changing one's faith is explored.




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Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Show Notes:

Mentioned In The Episode's Opening Remarks

Emily was recently a guest on The Gaytheist Manifesto podcast:



Interview with Dr. Eugenie Scott

National Center for Science Education: https://ncse.com/

Americans United for Separation of Church and State: https://www.au.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eugenie.c.scott

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eugeniecscott?lang=en


Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction


Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools 


Dr. Scott's upcoming speaking engagements:

FREEFLO October 20th through the 22nd Orlando, Fl


CSICON October 26th through the 29th Las Vegas, NV 



Interview with Dr. James Krupa



Listener's Stories: 

Thomas Westbrook

YouTube: www.youtube.com/holykoolaid

Website: www.holykoolaid.com/

Twitter: @holykoolaid



Resource of the Month:

The Magic of Reality by Richard Dawkins:


Mentioned In The Episode's Closing Remarks:

Secular Therapy Project: https://seculartherapy.org/

Recovering from Religion Support Groups:  http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/support-groups

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New episodes of the podcast will be published every other Sunday.

Scott Smith was raised Southern Baptist and has been identifying as an atheist since 2009.  He is a retired U.S. Army intelligence analyst who served in West Germany, Fort Drum, NY, Haiti, Somalia, Hawaii, Iraq, Washington D.C., and San Antonio, TX where he also resides now.  Prior to that, he attended the University of Kentucky and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. 

He has been with the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project since September 2015. Scott is currently an agent, mentor, and supervisor with the Hotline Project as well as the co-host of the Recovering from Religion podcast. His hobbies include marathon running, bass guitar, and golf.

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Emily Karp was raised in Catholicism, and has extended family who are Jewish. She has been identifying as an atheist since 2010 and has been volunteering with the Recovering from Religion Hotline Project since it launched at at end of February 2015. She is currently an agent, mentor, and supervisor with the Hotline Project as well as the co-host of the Recovering from Religion podcast.

Emily currently resides in Maryland. She possesses a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Boston University, MA and works in Washington DC at the Department of Interior's Document Management Unit. Her main hobbies are fanvideo editing, writing fanfiction, and blogging about asexuality.