On the way home from the Atheists Talk show today, Mike had Speaking of Faith playing in the car. This is actually pretty common among the “active” atheists I know, this listening to religious radio. I, perhaps because I’m not one of the deconverted, don’t really get it.
However, today I was lousy company for the ride back home. I was engrossed in the show.
The topic? Torture. But this wasn’t the torture conversation that’s been going on: Who approved what when and did anything useful come of it and/or will we prosecute? This was actually a discussion of torture, how it moves through organizations and society and what it does to the people along the way, how modern torture has been informed by our advances in understanding the human mind so that “nonviolent” forms are nothing of the sort.
I don’t understand why this was on Speaking of Faith. Maybe they lumped it under ethics. Whatever. Doesn’t matter. What does matter is that people listen to this show, preferably before they try to discuss the topic again.
Seriously, go listen.