Category Archives: DejaVu

FFrF Radio: Exposing Expelled Archives: Ellery Schempp & Robin Morgan

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May 3, 2008Guests: Eugenie Scott, director, National Center for Science Education: Exposing “Expelled”, & “Atheist in Foxhole” Litigant Jeremy Hall: Military Harassment Continues

Jeremy Hall leads off the episode. He has appeared on the show at least once before, but his story was first presented on Freethought Radio by Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, because Mr. Hall was unable to make his scheduled interview, being still in Iraq at the time. His story should serve as the proverbial canary in a coal mine for the rest of us.

Eugenie Scott has been on the show before as well. As the Director of NCSE, and one of the deceived participants in the film, she is almost uniquely qualified to critique the film Expelled.

How Annie Laurie Gaylor made herself sit and watch the film is beyond me. I have no interest in wasting 90 minutes of my time watching it. My thoughts on the film are here and here.

2007 Archive episode.
May 5, 2007Champion of the First Amendment

Theocracy Alert. National Day of Prayer (last week, this year, still just as offensive) Deja vu?

Ellery Schempp, through his and his families efforts, brought the case Abington vs. Schempp before the Supreme court and ended prayer in government schools. His story really is an inspiraton for all of us out here facing similar (if not as egregious) violations of state/church separation.

I found his observations about O’Hair amusing, myself.

Dan Barker performs “Nothing Fails Like Prayer”

Pagan Pulpit. Prayer in public, a violation of god’s law?

If Atheism is a religion, then baldness is a hair color.

2006 Archive episode.
May 6, 2006Fighting Words . . . Robin Morgan

Theocracy Alert. National Day of Prayer (last week, this year, still just as offensive) Dan Barker performs “Nothing Fails Like Prayer”

Freethinkers Almanac. Thomas Henry Huxley grandfather of Aldous Huxley (author of my favorite children’s book as a child The Crows of Pearblossom) George Clooney.

Pagan Pulpit Debuts. Nothing fails like Prayer (I think I see a pattern)

Robin Morgan was on to talk about her recent books The Burning Time, Fighting Words, and her long term concerns over the encroachment of religion on American government.

The episode winds up with “Atheists are People Too” (parody of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood) and a discussion of the differences between growing up atheist and growing up religious (yes, Dan; sleeping in Sundays is something to be jealous about) and what effect that has on life as an adult.

Daybreak, Deja Vu?

So, they preempted Lost for 12 weeks to roll out this series called Daybreak. It’s all about deja vu, and reliving the same day repetitively. Now I’m having deja vu, because it isn’t February 2nd, but I keep thinking of Groundhog Day. Groundhog Day and Man on Fire, that’s what this thing reminds me of, it’s something of a cross between those two, both films that I’ve seen before, multiple times, making me think I’ve seen this before, which is a serious case of deja vu.

Not to be confused with the movie Deja vu, starring Denzel Washington, who is also the star of Man on Fire, which was being advertised at the same time Daybreak was…

Then there was the Is that Jayne? moment. But it wasn’t. Clearly he’s the Major from ID4 with a desk job.

…is this confusing yet? I could try harder, you know.

“Is it any good”, I hear you asking. Why yes, they’re all good. Well, I can’t speak for Deja vu, because I haven’t seen that one yet; at least I don’t think I have. And the deja vu that I’m getting from watching Daybreak as the sun rises is making me wonder if it isn’t February 2nd, and whether I’ll wake up and trip over my gun, or just hear Bob Dylan one… more… time…

I did see Deja Vu (or I saw it again, maybe) and it was good, if a little predictable. Day Break, on the other hand disappeared without a trace.

The episodes are viewable on, but one has to wonder whose lame idea it was to shoot and promote a show that they weren’t going to seriously attempt to air (6 episodes isn’t serious, it’s a joke) as long as you are burning through those dollars, ABC, why don’t you send some of it my way. I’m sure I can come up with some ideas for you to spend money on and not show just as well as the next guy…