Penn Jillette — Probably THE Most Famous Celebrity AtheistWikipedia says: “Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955) is an American illusionist, comedian, musician, actor, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller. He is also known for his advocacy of atheism, scientific skepticism, libertarianism and free-market capitalism.” Let's find out what Penn has to say about Penn Jillette.
“BISHOP” — Author of Both Sides of the Fence: The Inside Truth about Organized CrimeBoth Sides of the Fence is the true story of a man known only as Bishop, who lived a double life as a deep undercover agent in an outlaw motorcycle gang. Rising to a chapter boss in less than a year, Bishop initially went undercover to ferret out bad cops. Instead, he discovered a highly structured criminal organization whose members engage in violent crime, weapons trafficking, international drug trafficking and widespread prostitution. This real-life Sons of Anarchy story will take you on the emotional roller-coaster ride of a family man and devoted husband who covertly worked to bring down some of his "brothers". Refusing to enter a federal protection program, Bishop now spends his days risking his own life to help educate audiences and expose the connection between gangs and human trafficking in the United States. He lives anonymously, moves frequently, and wears a trademark custom white mask when telling his story to further conceal his identity – even to those that he works with.
*Human trafficking has become an epidemic in the United States and traffickers are targeting our children and family members in our neighborhoods, schools, malls and public events. According to the gang threat assessment from the Department of Justice, there are over one million members in 20,000 gangs operating in the 50 United States. 80% of all violent crime is gang related, with gangs playing a major role in the supply of trafficked victims. The sale of a victim is more profitable then guns or drugs due to the fact that people can be sold over and over and drugs and guns are a one-time exchange. Less than one percent of victims are ever identified, and 83% of those are U.S. citizens.
Today, Bishop is on a mission to educate, prevent and intervene, using his expertise to educate people on how to see the warning signs and protect your loved ones. Bishop and his partners provide a gang curriculum for parents, high-risk youth, teachers and church groups, teaching life skills and gang, violence and drug prevention. He also aids in human trafficking rescue efforts worldwide.
Greg Boyd — Theologian, Former Atheist, Author of Benefit of The Doubt: Breaking The Idol Of CertaintyIn his new book Benefit of the Doubt, influential theologian, pastor and bestselling author Gregory A. Boyd invites readers to embrace a faith that doesn't strive for certainty, but rather for commitment in the midst of uncertainty. Boyd rejects the idea that a person's faith is as strong as it is certain. He makes the case that certainty-seeking faith that only extends to what a person believes is not biblical and can be harmful to many in today’s church. Instead, he presents a covenantal faith that is demonstrated in how a person lives. Greg is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. He was professor of theology for 16 years at Bethel University then founded Woodland Hills Church.
Sultans of StringJUNO Award nominees, ISC & 2x CFMA winners, Sultans of String have just released their high octane roots-world-symphonic mash-up, simply and perfectly titled, Symphony! Known for dizzying roots music jams, poly-rhythms and revved up riffs, the Sultans of String sound can't be pinned down -- it's Sable Island meets the Silk Road, with detours through the Gypsy-Jazz coffeehouses of Eastern Europe, next an East Coast Kitchen Party, then over to the majestic Arctic and bustling markets of Lebanon. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenca guitar while funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic mastery meets with a symphony of sound, deepened by world rhythms that inspire whole audiences to get up and dance. This fiercely talented and hardworking indie act has been on a meteoric rise, with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow. Invitations to play world stages and with such legendary artists as The Chieftains and David Bromberg are recent highlights. The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney also appears on Symphony!
Brandan RobertsonBrandan is a religion blogger, activist and founder of The Revangelical Movement as well as the director of The Millennial Declaration On Evangelical Christianity. “REVANGELICAL seeks to provide an alternative evangelical ethos through rethinking our positions, reforming our practice, and renewing our commitment to the good news of Jesus for the increase of the kingdom of God and the good of the world.”
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This week on The Pub Crawl: NOW it's news! Toronto Police Chief confirms they've found THE Rob Ford video. However, it's still not clear what the Mayor is doing in this video. There's still some CRACKs in the case. Was Mayor Ford simply videoed WITH people doing crack? (maybe he “passed de dutchie by de left hand side”) Apparently he's been extorted because of this video, but did he partake & does it really matter? At this point, if the election were held tomorrow, would you vote for him? Should Mayor Ford step down or stay the course? This week here in the GTA, an elderly couple jumped from their 18th floor apartment choosing to end their lives together. Beautiful or tragic?
W.here's T.he F.aith?Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!) Today's WTF Guest: Abe Levy - Religion Reporter for the San Antonio Express-News