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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 Helpline. Every aspect of leaving, questioning, or changing one's faith is explored.




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Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Show Notes:

Mentioned In The Episode's Opening Remarks:


Movie: Now playing on Netflix

Website: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/movies/spotlight-movie


Interview with G. R. Pafumi:

Victims Speak DB The SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) DataBase:


Survivors Network of those Abused by Priest (SNAP):



Upcoming Secular Events:


Freethought Florida Conference (FREEFLO) October 20th through the 22nd Orlando, Florida


Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Conference (SCIcon)  Las Vegas, Nevada  October 26th through the 29th


An Evening with Richard Dawkins Three Event Tour Sponsored by the Center For Inquiry


October 29th Los Angeles, California


November 4th Hartford Connecticut


November 7 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania


SKEPTICON 10 November 10th through the 12th Springfield, Missouri  (IT’S FREE!)


SKEPTICON November 18th and 19th Sydney, Australia


NZ Skeptics Conference November 24th through the 26th Welling, New Zealand



Monterey County Skeptic Conference January 5th and 6th Monterey, California


2018 Global Atheist Convention February 9 through the 11th Melbourne, Australia



Mentioned In The Episode's Closing Remarks:

The Secular Therapy Project, also

Recovering from Religion Support Groups:  http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/ everything is right on the homepage now!

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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 Helpline since September 2015. Scott is still currently an agent with the RfR Helpline 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 Helpline since it launched at at end of February 2015 (when it was then "The Hotline Project"). She is currently an agent with the RfR Helpline 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.