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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, April 30th, 2017

Show Notes:

Mentioned In The Episode's Opening Remarks

Scott was recently a guest on the Gift Smartly podcast


Interview with David Fitzgerald

CES Letter


Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.com/David-Fitzgerald/e/B004ASD9M4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/david.fitzgerald.33633

Email: everybodylovesdavid@gmail.com 


Listener's Stories: 

Bryce Blankenagle

Naked Mormonism podcast

Website: http://nakedmormonismpodcast.com/index.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nakedmormonism

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCopxTiqSmR9YUCTKXURvPtA/feed

Dan Ellis

Dan’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/techiedan

Dan’s Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Religinon

Godless Rebelution 

Website: http://www.godlessrebelution.com
 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GodlessRebelution
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TGRPodcast
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/GodlessRebelution 
Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/godlessrebelution

Atheists of Utah 

Website: http://www.atheistsofutah.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/atheistsofutah

American Atheists 

Website: http://www.atheists.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmericanAtheists

Mike Smith & Matt Van Dyke

Poorly Summarized podcast

Website: http://www.poorlysummarized.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/poorsummary

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Poorlysummarized/

Atheism 101 podcast

Website: http://atheism101podcast.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Atheism101pod

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Atheism-101-Podcast-1381950548714331


Joseph Smith’s Rough Stone Rolling book



Congratulatory Audio Clips: 

Matt Dillahunty

The atheist experience

Website: http://www.atheist-experience.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Matt_Dillahunty?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Phil Ferguson  

The Phil Fereagerson Show



Lucinda Lugeons

Scathing Atheist

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-scathing-atheist/id594676720?mt=2

Sticher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-scathing-atheist

Anthony Magnabosco

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/magnabosco210

Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/user/anthony_magnabosco

Twitter: https://twitter.com/magnabosco

Shelley Segal

Website: http://www.shelleysegal.com/

Band Camp: https://shelleysegal.bandcamp.com/

Patreon:    https://www.patreon.com/ShelleySegal

Hemant Mehta

The Friendly Atheist podcast

Website: http://friendlyatheistpodcast.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hemantmehta

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/friendlyatheist

Bobby C.

No Religion Required Podcast

Website: https://noreligionrequired.com/

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/no-religion-required/id844112494?mt=2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noreligionreq/

Hope After Faith podcast

Website: https://hopeafterfaithpodcast.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HopeAfterFaith

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hopeafterfaithpodcast


Resource of the Month, Part Two:

Mormon Stories podcast

Website: http://www.mormonstories.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mormonstories/

Open Stories Foundation

Website: http://www.openstoriesfoundation.org/

ExMormon Reddit





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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Recovering from Religion Blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/excommunications/

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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.