#39: Christian Nationalism and Gun Control



On this month’s episode, Andrew Whitehead talks to us about his recent article which links Christian nationalism with opposition to gun control. He explains what scholars mean by “Christian nationalism” and how a religion founded long before the invention of either guns or America is used to justify an absolutist reading of the Second Amendment. And in One Last Thing, Tim has been prepping for Halloween and Jack Ryan has been disappointing Dan.

Some of the links for this episode:

Dr. Whitehead’s article, “Gun Control in the Crosshairs,” is available ungated.

Tim’s OLT was about The Adventures of Superhero Girl.

Dan’s OLT was about the Amazon reboot Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.

0:00-1:32: Introduction

1:36-25:51: Whitehead interview

25:55-29:52: Tim OLT

29:53-34:52: Dan OLT

34:53-36:01: Credits


#38: Religious Freedom, the Sessions DOJ, and “Satanists” in Arkansas



This month on Impolite Conversation, we dive into the recent headlines to talk about religious freedom and what Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice really means when it uses that term. Then we turn our attention to Arkansas, where Satanists–or really, “Satanists”–erected a goat-headed idol on the statehouse grounds in Little Rock. And in One Last Thing, Dan has been reading a book-length history of Batman and Tim has been reading stories so short, they fit into a single tweet.

Some of the things we discussed in this episode:

The executive orders that frame the first topic are cataloged at the White House web site. You can read more about the Religious Liberty Summit here.

Two books worth reading on church and state issues: Founding Faith by Steven Waldman and The Culture of Disbelief by Stephen Carter.

Three court cases integral to this conversation: Reynolds v. US, Sherbert v. Verner, and Employment Division v. Smith.

There were many articles about the protest in Little Rock, but this may be the best one. Oh, and here’s the petition to name a piece of a septic system after an Arkansas state legislator.

Dan’s OLT was The Caped Crusade by Glen Weldon. He recommends the audiobook.

Tim’s OLT was the Micro Flash Fiction account on Twitter.

0:00-1:34: Introductions

1:35-27:24: Religious Liberty Task Force

27:28-44:47: Protest in Little Rock

44:52-48:32: Dan’s OLT

48:33-51:23: Tim’s OLT

51:24-52:31: Credits

52:35-53:00: Outtakes


Episode #37: Supreme Court Wrap-Up 2018



This month, we welcome back friend-of-the-show Ann Duncan to talk about the 2017-18 Supreme Court season, including Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, NIFLA v. Becerra, and Trump v. Hawaii. She helps us understand why this was such a good year for conservatives in terms of the Court’s religion cases, and scopes out what soon-to-be Justice Kavanaugh portends for the terms to come. And in One Last Thing, Dan has been spending his summer at the movie house, while Tim has been catching up on Chinese science fiction.

Some of the things we discuss in this episode:

Ann mentioned Moral Combat by Marie Griffith and this article by Winnifred Sullivan.

Here’s a case summary of Korematsu v. US, which many (including the dissenting justices) compared to the ruling in Trump v. Hawaii.

Dan’s OLT was about Deadpool 2 (trailer NSFW) and The Incredibles 2.

And Tim’s OLT was about The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin.

0:00-1:05 Introduction

1:05-50:40: Duncan interview

50:45-53:02: Dan’s OLT

53:03-55:33: Tim’s OLT

55:33-56:38: Credits


#36: Sex in the Roman Empire and the Bible as a Political Weapon



In this month’s Impolite Conversation, we talk to David Wheeler-Reed about his new book, Regulating Sex in the Roman Empire: Ideology, the Bible, and the Early Christians. And then Dan and Tim chat about what it means when politicians quote Scripture to make a political point. And in One Last Thing, Dan has been doing some reading of his own about the ancient world, but Tim just wants to strut his summer away.

Some of the things we talked about on this episode:

This was an unusually Bible-heavy episode: we discussed I Corinthians 7, I Corinthians 13, Romans 13, and this passage from Exodus.

Dan’s OLT was Alberto Manguel’s book Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey: A Biography.

Tim’s OLT was a little bit Slow Burn but mostly The Stunning’s new album Twice Around the World.

0:00-1:58: Introduction

2:02-29:38: Wheeler-Reed interview

29:42-45:00: Bible in politics discussion

45:04-47:43: Dan’s OLT

47:44-50:55: Tim’s OLT

50:56-52:15: Credits

52:18-52:33: Outtake


#35: Talking Same-Sex Marriage Opposition With College Sophomores



In this episode, we go into Dan’s class on “Gender, Sex, Race, and the Bible” to discuss Ludger Viefhues-Bailey’s book Between a Man and a Woman? Why Conservatives Oppose Same-Sex Marriage. And in One Last Thing, Dan has been watching the Marvel apocalypse, Courtney has been thinking about graduations as endings, and Tim just wants to gross you out.

Some of the things we talked about in this episode:

If you want some summer reading, you can email Dan for his syllabus.

In his book, Viefhues-Bailey referenced both What’s the Matter With Kansas? and this debate between Alan Wolfe and James Davison Hunter.

Courtney mentioned the Buddhist flag.

Dan’s OLT is about Avengers: Infinity War. And if you don’t know an infinity stone from a kidney stone, NPR’s Glen Weldon has you covered.

Courtney’s OLT is about graduations.

And Tim’s OLT is about this poor woman.

0:00-1:27: Introduction

1:32-35:45: Roundtable discussion

35:49-38:23: Dan’s OLT

38:24-41:10: Courtney’s OLT

41:10-43:38: Tim’s OLT

43:38-44:48: Credits

44:49-45:04: Outtake


#34: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part III (AUDIO FIXED)



On this episode of Impolite Conversation, our friend Kimberly Jarvis joins us as we wrap up our three-month exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a roundtable discussion of what the future of the conflict might look like. And in One Last Thing, Kim has more thoughts on the Middle East, Courtney has thoughts on being an A’s fan, Dan has thoughts on Jessica Jones, and Tim has thoughts on the recent Simpsons dust-up.

Note: there was a small problem with the audio in the first release of this show. This release should fix it.

Some of the things we discussed in this show:

This map shows the 1948 border between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Dan mentioned King David, featuring Richard Gere.

Kim referenced this article on the recent Palestinian protests.

Tim talked about Israel/Palestine by Alan Dowty.

Kim’s OLT was about the documentary Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS and the book Notes on a Foreign Country.

Courtney’s OLT was about the Oakland A’s.

Dan’s OLT was about season 2 of Jessica Jones.

And Tim’s OLT was about The Problem With Apu.

0:00-1:41: Introductions

1:41-33:05: Israel/Palestine conversation

33:10-36:06: Kim’s OLT

36:06-38:19: Courtney’s OLT

38:19-41:50: Dan’s OLT

41:51-45:36: Tim’s OLT

45:37-46:51: Credits

46:54-47:03: Outtake


#34: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part III



On this episode of Impolite Conversation, our friend Kimberly Jarvis joins us as we wrap up our three-month exploration of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a roundtable discussion of what the future of the conflict might look like. And in One Last Thing, Kim has more thoughts on the Middle East, Courtney has thoughts on being an A’s fan, Dan has thoughts on Jessica Jones, and Tim has thoughts on the recent Simpsons dust-up.

Some of the things we discussed in this show:

This map shows the 1948 border between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Dan mentioned King David, featuring Richard Gere.

Kim referenced this article on the recent Palestinian protests.

Tim talked about Israel/Palestine by Alan Dowty.

Kim’s OLT was about the documentary Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS and the book Notes on a Foreign Country.

Courtney’s OLT was about the Oakland A’s.

Dan’s OLT was about season 2 of Jessica Jones.

And Tim’s OLT was about The Problem With Apu.

0:00-1:41: Introductions

1:41-33:05: Israel/Palestine conversation

33:10-36:06: Kim’s OLT

36:06-38:19: Courtney’s OLT

38:19-41:50: Dan’s OLT

41:51-45:36: Tim’s OLT

45:37-46:51: Credits

46:54-47:03: Outtake

 


#33: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part II



This month, we continue our exploration of the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict with a discussion about the history of the region since Israel’s founding since 1948. And in One Last Thing, Dan gets reflective about Black Panther and Tim gets excited about a TV show that wants to ruin everything.

Some things we discussed in this month’s show:

Our guest Vaughn Shannon wrote a book about Israel, Palestine, and the United States.

Dan’s OLT was about Black Panther, but more about the hope it gives us for the future.

Tim’s OLT was about Adam Ruins Everything.

0:00-1:19: Introduction

1:20-37:31: Shannon interview

37:36-40:56: Dan’s OLT

40:57-43:43: Tim’s OLT

43:44-45:01: Credits


#32: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Part I



For March, we begin a three-month conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by chatting with the eminent Middle East historian James Gelvin about the roots of the dispute. And in One Last Thing, we’ve all been watching television that we don’t really have time for.

Some of the things we talked about in this episode:

-Dr. Gelvin’s book The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War is an excellent primer on the issue, and is available in four different languages.

-Dan’s OLT was about the long-running BBC series Poirot.

-Courtney’s OLT was about the much shorter-running but still excellent The Good Place.

-And Tim’s OLT was about the even shorter-running and much weirder Altered Carbon.

0:00-0:14: Announcement

0:15-1:48: Introduction

1:52-32:10: Gelvin interview

32:15-35:43: Dan’s OLT

35:44-37:52: Courtney’s OLT

37:53-40:38: Tim’s OLT

40:39-41:46: Credits

41:47-41:52: Outtake


#31: Our American Decalogue



In this episode of Impolite Conversation, Jenna Weissman Joselit discusses her new book Set in Stone: America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments. And in One Last Thing, we all riff on Oprah 2020 after Courtney’s date with the Golden Globes. Plus, Dan has things to say about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Tim has been streaming some TV shows.

Some of the things we talked about in this episode:

Dr. Weissman Joselit prefers the 1929 version of Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments to the 1956 version.

We debate the Supreme Court’s wisdom in its rulings in Van Orden v. Perry and McCreary County v. ACLU. And that reminded Dr. Weissman Joselit of this mall in Lewisville, TX.

Courtney’s OLT about Oprah’s speech at the Golden Globes got us talking.

Dan’s OLT was about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but also a little bit about CinemaSins on YouTube.

Tim’s OLT touched on both Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and Hulu’s Marvel’s Runaways.

0:00-1:42: Introduction

1:42-25:28: Weissman Joselit interview

25:33-32:20: Courtney’s OLT/Oprah talk

32:20-36:15: Dan’s OLT

36:16-38:32: Tim’s OLT

38:33-39:40: Credits

39:42-39:57: Outtakes