Showing posts with label my story. Show all posts
Showing posts with label my story. Show all posts

Friday, 21 August 2015

Podcast #5 - Peachy Fiend

How do I do it? Only God knows - which means nobody.

Episode, the fifth, features a whole new discussion with Twitter celeb, spoken word and singing sensation Peachy Fiend (@PeachyFiend)!

I was going to write a blog post critiquing this article, Gimme that old-time atheism...
Most contemporary atheists get it wrong. Today’s atheism tends to stand on an absolutely self-contradictory claim: only that which can be seen can be known. (It’s a pseudo-scientific claim.) The application of this sentiment to God is simple. Because God can’t be seen, God can’t be known. The problem with the statement is simple.

... but then I realized that it's way more fun to kick back and shoot the shit with Peachy. So, here's your homework. Read the article, maybe, and then go listen to the podcast and nod your head vigorously in agreement or disagreement. Hope you don't get whiplash.

I got my new microphone, so you'll get to hear me making my radio voice every once and awhile. I'm definitely an FM kind of guy, you'll be able to tell. And no, I'm not trying to pick you up, but it might sound that way. If that works for you, then who am I to argue?

Anyway! You can watch this episode over at Youtube or right here, below:

Here's where you can subscribe to My Secret Atheist PodcastITunesSoundcloud,  RSS URLYoutube, Stitcher (coming soon.)


Ep 5 : Peachy Fiend

In this episode we talk with Twitter counter-apologist @PeachyFiend for the first time. We do a paragraph by paragraph analysis of a bewildering article by assistant professor of theology and philosophy at Carroll College, Eric E. Hall: ‘Gimme that old-time atheism’ (

Sean got his new microphone too! So he’s trying out his radio voice. Please be patient with him!

Music Credits: 

‘Freedom voice of my soul’ by Art Boys Collection. (
‘Shame On You’ by Spade Cooley. (

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Podcast #4 - Carolyn Hyppolite

Somehow, I keep churning out weekly podcasts. This week, I'm happy to present you with my latest aural endeavor, My Secret Atheist Podcast episode 4!

Episode, the fourth, features a whole new discussion with author and speaker Carolyn Hyppolite who has written Still Small Voices: The Testimony of a Born-Again Atheist and will be appearing soon at the Non-Con near Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

This episode is really interesting. You get to hear about some of the inside machinations of people running a pro-life (anti-abortion) pregnancy crisis center type "clinic" - among other insights from Carolyn's fascinating past!

You'll also get to hear me apologize about the lousy sound quality. I have since gotten my mic, so I hope that things will improve. The episode itself though, seems to have been cursed in several ways - including a copyright violation on the music I got off  This had me go back to the original project file... which promptly corrupted itself. The backup also failed! So I ended up cutting a pretty cheesy Google-endorsed free song directly into the previously saved MP3! My apologies to Carolyn and everyone.

Anyway! You can watch this episode over at Youtube or right here, below:

Here's where you can subscribe to My Secret Atheist PodcastITunesSoundcloud,  RSS URLYoutube, Stitcher (coming soon.)


Ep 4 : Carolyn Hyppolite

Carolyn Hyppolite

- Growing up Catholic.
- Proselytizing.
- Working in a Pro Life “crisis center.”
- Christ-centered religion.
- Problems with the Bible.
- Dating a Theist.
- Still Small Voices: The Testimony of a Born-Again Atheist

The Non-Conference -

Music Credits:
Opening/Close: “Smooth Talker” - Google Free Music

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

My Secret Atheist Podcast - Episode Three

I'm pretty sure you all have figured out the pattern by now. Last week episode two of My Secret Atheist Podcast came out. This week, I'm happy to present you with the latest fruit of my loom, My Secret Atheist Podcast episode 3!

Episode, the third, features further discussion with Baptist apologist blogger, Anthony Freeland who blogs at Truth InterruptedWe wrap up the discussion we started in episode 2 about same-sex marriage.

You can watch this episode over at Youtube or right here, below:

Here's where you can subscribe to My Secret Atheist PodcastITunesSoundcloud,  RSS URLYoutube, Stitcher (coming soon.)


Sean McGuire (@GodlessPoutine
Anthony Freeland

Drop Date: August 6, 2015


- The situation in Alabama.
- The situation in Quebec.
- What about the Muslims and Hindus?
- Tony revises things with a phone message.

- What if all the politicians were atheists?

Music Credits:

Opening: “Red​-​Headed Woman” - Pk jazz Collective - (source)

Close: “The Cadillac Rocker” - Marius Joppich - (source)

Phone Sound: “Telephone 3 Rings & Pickup Sound Effect” - (source)

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Friday, 31 July 2015

My Secret Atheist Podcast - Episode Two

Somehow, the stars have aligned and we've been able to birth episode two of ... My Secret Atheist Podcast!

Episode, the second, features further discussion with Baptist apologist blogger, Anthony Freeland who blogs at Truth Interrupted. We had  discussion about marriage, same-sex marriage, wedding cakes in Oregon and the Kalam Cosmological Argument.

We spoke on for so long that my finger went numb cutting out any superfluous content to make even half the material fix into 40 minutes. I promise to work on that, and get a mic in future episodes.

You can watch this episode over at Youtube or right here, below:

Here's where you can subscribe to My Secret Atheist PodcastITunesSoundcloud,  RSS URLYoutube, Stitcher (coming soon.)


Sean McGuire (@GodlessPoutine
Anthony Freeland

Drop Date: July 31, 2015


- The history of marriage.
- Same-sex marriage in Quebec, Canada.
- Same-sex marriage in the USA.
- the bakery which refused to provide gay wedding care in Oregon.
- Impromptu Kalam cosmological argument discussion - first of many, probably.

Music Credits:

Opening: “Headphones on Your Heart: Square Wail remix” - leeni - (source)

Close: “Summer Crush” - shirobon - (source)

Middle: “Superluminal Motion” - little-scale - (source)

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

My Secret Atheist Podcast - Episode One

Hey, what? I just made my first ever podcast! It's called... wait for it!... My Secret Atheist Podcast!

Episode, the first, features introduction and some discussion with Baptist apologist blogger, Anthony Freeland who blogs at Truth Interrupted. I'm sure you'll remember he did a blogging debate with me not long ago. I admitted at the time that formal debates aren't my cup of tea and I'd prefer some kind of discussion format, instead.

For now the plan is to have discussions with Anthony about current day topics. Later, I want to have alternating guests and even panels!

You can watch this episode over at Youtube or right here, below:

Here's where you can subscribe to My Secret Atheist PodcastITunesSoundcloud,  RSS URLYoutube, Stitcher (coming soon.)

In addition to the show notes below, I'd like to apologize for the crappy audio quality. We started out with already crappy headsets on rather crappy Skype only for me to talk into my webcam mic rather than the headset.

Also, please excuse the rambling. I've edited the tape to remove umms and when we were flung too brutally off topic.


Sean McGuire (@GodlessPoutine)
Anthony Freeland

Drop Date: July 23, 2015

- Tony’s story.
- Sean’s story.
- Catholicism and the Bible.
- What evidence would be needed for Sean to believe in God.
- Is Tony’s conversion story based on logical reasoning or evidence?
- Not another “Does God Exist Show”
- One million “umms” edited out.
- Sean needs a mic and studio, badly.

Music Credits:
Opening: “Cream Soda Slurpees” - Sean’s friend Counterpoint (1989-1992) on his Amiga 500!  - (source

Close: “Mother 3 - Porky's Porkies (Cover)” - greatspaceadventure - (source

Middle: “sonic death rabbit - dead rabbit lullaby (lsdj)” - baseck - (source)

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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

A Reader Asks: Have I Had Any Backlash From Blogging

In the past few months, I've been getting more and more e-mail from believers who feel sorry enough to write me and tell me how much Jesus loves me.  I have yet to find anything original or beyond a simple testimony and appeal to emotion.

That's why it was so refreshing to get this e-mail from a reader today:

Hello fellow atheist!
I wanted to reach out to you to ask if you have encountered any negative backlash from your blog? Also if you have any advice on how to remain anonymous while writing it. 
I have been considering writing an a blog about being an atheist in the bible belt.  I need the outlet and am hoping to hear from like minded people.  I confess though I am afraid of repercussions - within my family and from the outside world. 
Please let me know if you have any thoughts!
Negative backlash? In short, no. I have been accused of being too verbose by a commenter on a Catholic blog though.

Should you blog anonymously? In short, YES. Anonymity is one of the best things the web has going for it and it's safest. Although I agree it's good for the movement to out yourself whenever possible, the consequences vary based on where you are and your social environment (and economic situation!). Better to err on the side of caution and then out yourself in a cautious controlled manner.

When I started this blog, I was in a space where I feared joining a Humanist group on Facebook or even friending known atheists or humanists for fear of people at my work finding out or -- worst case scenario -- my very Catholic parents.

But I've become less shy in the past year. You can find a picture of an extra dorky looking me with PZ on the web. You can also find my name all over articles about the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda. So this blog is becoming more and more of a misnomer every day!

My motivations for keeping my real name under wraps were partially work-related. I wasn't so much worried with my colleagues -- Montreal is one of the most secular cities in North America. I was a little concerned about some of my company's clients, many of which are located in places like Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Kansas and Kentucky! I've written about the kinds of e-mail signatures I sometimes run into when I get business emails from them.

To be honest, the real pressure for me to stay in the closet comes from my parents and my near non-existent relationship with them. They know I'm a lapsed Catholic but I have not told them anything about this blog and I don't think I ever will. However, things have gotten so distant over the past year that the prospect of getting disowned has become less scary. Because I already seem to be living it.

The family threat is a very real one and the scariest. This is a shame, because it's to family that you should be able to be most genuine with. Only my wife, brother and sister really know the whole situation when it comes to my atheism.

So I too was afraid of repercussions and I'm even still a little concerned. But with each new small step out of the closet I realize - in my own situation at least - that there were no repercussions. Things just got better. But I'm in secular Quebec -- you're in the Bible Belt. I honestly don't know if I could survive down there.

I would strongly recommend you start out blogging anonymously.This allows you to get your thoughts out there and make new connections and community (which will help you when you do come out) while all the time having control over the rate and manner you do begin to come out socially.

Anyway, I did this by creating a pseudonym Google account,  I then used that to create my Blogger account. I then hooked up my Google+ account.

On Facebook, I use my real name. But I have generated my own Facebook page to promote the blog. You can do this anonymously.

Blogging has really helped me organize my thoughts and get things out. It's really not much different than journalling your way through emotional baggage and pain. But unlike a paper journal, a blog also lets you connect with other people who are in or have been through similar situations to your own. It truly helps me cope and I think it will help you too.

I wish you luck! I look forward to reading your blog!

If you would like to read a truly anonymous blog of a secret agnostic, check out the Ramblings of Sheldon.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Got a Rosary In the Mail For Christmas...

I'll warn you, this post is about my own personal messed up life.  So nobody should blame me if they don't care - I don't blame you!

Awhile back I expressed some exasperation with my mother - who commented on this hilarious picture of Barack Obama telling a children's story and using a scary face with this:
Obama: A man who represents death and evil.
I sighed heavily then.  I sigh now.

Well I got back from my vacation down in Fort Lauderdale and on my first day at work what do I find sitting on my desk?  A bubble-wrapped letter from my parents with the word Private written on the front.

So I open it and what do I find?  A rosary along with a guide on how to say the rosary and the following:
Merry Christmas, Love Mom.
Pray the Rosary to save your soul.  Love Mom.
Sigh, sigh, sigh.  There was no letter or how are you doing? or anything to speak of.  I think I get more lengthly letters from Gospel For Asia.

In the past I've gotten St Augustine's Confessions secretly stuffed into my bag alongside a Catholic Bible.  I'll admit that I merely disliked Augustine after reading most of the City of God but after reading his autobiography I'm convinced he merely had psychological problems and some pretty extreme guilt issues - A perfect Catholic, I suppose.

The rosary comes from the Fatima Network, which is convinced that Russia (USSR) was created by God to punish humanity and there will only be peace if everyone prays the rosary and the Pope and all the bishops consecrate Russia.  I may write more on this later.  In the meantime, you can read a science fiction novel about the whole thing on their site:  Sort of like Lfet Behind novels for Catholics, perhaps?

Anyway, I'm sure she means well and I can see her concern.  I won't send it back and just let it rest.

Yes, I'm nearly forty and I'm somehow still having these problems.

Let me know with a comment if you have any advice or if you'd like like to commiserate with your own situation.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012


It seems that people no longer want to use labels.  With good reason!  Nobody wants the range of their being, their very meaning, to be summed up in a few sloppy linguistic approximations.  Race, sexuality, political theory and religious identity all suffer gravely when their true meanings are funneled into a category and beaten into a crude label - often with cruel intentions.

Graphic from a bus campaign by The British Humanist Association
We must use our words to be as precise as possible but at some point we must resort to labels.  Words are labels.  Perhaps a better motto than don't label me would be don't mislabel me.

I came out the vagina an infant. I was the child of a Catholic father and ex-Protestant/newly Catholic mother. I myself was an Atheist. I don't remember this for sure but I'm fairly certain I wasn't familiar with a sufficient amount of Catholic doctrine at that early age.

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