At a time when so much is being said on various blogs about the importance of participating online in the atheosphere, it saddens me to mention today that the fine, fine podcast Dogma Free America has concluded it’s 50th and final episode. DFA’s approach was to report and comment on dogma in the news from around the world. The show’s hosts pulled no punches with their commentary, especially when it reported on issues of religious dogma from what became a news story gold mine for them, Malaysia. Indeed from Malaysia to Missouri, from Shari’a law to the US Supreme Court through US Family court and legislative nonsense from around the world, DFA was there shining the kitchen light of reason on the filthy little cockroaches of ignorance and evil. As we all listened each week we laughed, we cried, we cringed and we swore but always by the end of each episode two things were very clear, that the end came too soon and that it was going to be a long week waiting for the next episode. In light of that, listening to the end of episode 50 was quite a kick in the pants.
The man responsible for the podcast, Rich Orman, has said that it’s simply too much work producing the show each week and that it became like a 2nd job. Selfishly I have to ask, “so what?” but I understand his situation and respect his decision. I personally don’t even want to think about how much time I spend online each week between writing here and on other blogs and forums but of course it’s still sporadic and informal and is a far cry from producing an audio podcast with cohosts in different states, interviews with remote guests and compiling news stories from around the world on a weekly basis. I wish him and his cohosts well and also hope that there may be the occasional new podcast here and there in the future.
If any of you have not heard of DFA before, I urge you to go listen to the past episodes. You’ll even see some of your favorite bloggers interviewed on the show like our on Mr. Exterminator (episode #34). I have a personal soft spot for that episode because it’s largely responsible for me writing this today. It’s really been the last 9 months or so for me that I’ve been that active in what’s going on. Oh I’ve had my instances in the past where I was forced to mix it up with christian yahoos, but I was more of the behind the scenes guy content to read and absorb content on issues of religion and atheism plus I saw all of it being rather brainy and serious. First DFA showed me the value of just listening to a couple of average sounding guys comment off the cuff about such things and then after the interview with Ex, I read a bunch of articles on his blog. Well I was impressed with them for both content and approach. I guess not long after that I thought all the crazy shit in my head and the opinions I had perhaps are worth sharing with the rest of the world. Although I originally looked at it as cathartic, I’ve found that I might be contributing to the common good. I’ve learned that although many things I write about have probably been discussed countless time, and in countlessly more intellectual and argumentally sound ways, the way I may say what I say could resonate better with someone. Plus even if I am repeatedly covering the same ground others cover, I think it could also be beneficial for some to see how many people are writing positively about atheism and denouncing the problems of theism and religious beliefs.
So as we say goodbye to DFA, perhaps we will be saying hello to others inspired to make their own contributions in some way, shape or form. I think that would be an excellent legacy for the show and a wonderfully bright future to look forward to.