This episode features guest speaker Jim Helton talking about issues involving the separation of church and state in Grant County Kentucky and what the Tri-State Freethinkers are doing to defend the rights of non-believing citizens there. Also, we talk about some weird Christmas traditions and how non-religious families celebrate the holidays. 

One weird holiday tradition we talked about is the ‘caganer’ that is displayed with Nativity scenes in Catalonia, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. It doesn’t get much weirder than this.

A Caganer (Catalan pronunciation: [kəɣəˈne], Western Catalan: [kaɣaˈne]) is a figurine depicted in the act of defecation appearing in nativity scenes in Catalonia and neighbouring areas with Catalan culture such as Andorra, Valencia, and Northern Catalonia (in southern France). It is most popular and widespread in these areas, but can also be found in other areas of Spain (Murcia), Portugal, and southern Italy (Naples).

The name “El Caganer” literally means “the crapper” or “the shitter”. Traditionally, the figurine is depicted as a peasant, wearing the traditional Catalan red cap (the barretina) and with his trousers down, showing a bare backside, and defecating.” 


Upcoming Events around Kentucky

The details for Secular Secret Santa for American Village mentioned in the podcast can be found at


Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers Featured Events

Tom Flynn, Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism

Monday, December 19, 2016

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Sullivan University College of Pharmacy

2100 Gardiner Lane, Louisville, KY


Holiday Party!

Sat Dec 10, 7:00 PM

Louisville LVL1, 1205 E Washington St, Louisville


Dr. Mith Barnes: People, Groups, and Ideas Behind the Neo-Conservatives

Monday, January 23, 2016, 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, 2100 Gardiner Lane, Louisville, KY


Regular Meetings

Reasonable Living, Sundays, 10:00 AM, Molly Malones, 933 Bardstown

Somethings Brewing, Wednesdays, 7:00, Safai Café, 1707 Bardstown

Secular Organization for Sobriety, Thursdays, 7:00, Heroes Comics and Gaming, 316 Baxter


Lexington Atheists

Atheist Encounter

Mondays, 7:00 PM

Oak Springs Grill, 3401 Nicholasville Rd, Lexington


Tri-state Freethinkers

Identifying Church/State Violations & The ACLU

Wed Dec 7, 7:00 PM

Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way , Newport, KY


Regular Meetings

Cincinnati Atheists, Mondays 6:30, Ruth’s Parkside Cafe, 1550 Blue Rock Street, Cincinnati

Science On Tap, Tuesdays 6:00, Urban Artifact, 1662 Blue Rock Rd, Cincinnati


Owensboro Area Humanists

3rd Annual ChriSat VictIvus Potluck, Zion UCC, 625 Allen Street, Owensboro

Regular Meetings

Monthly Volunteering at the Daniel Pitino Shelter, 501 Walnut Street, Owensboro


Humanist Forum of Central Kentucky

Regular Meetings

First Thursdays Potluck, 6:30, Unitarian Universalist Church, 3564 Clay Mills Rd, Lexington

Fourth Friday Potlucks, 7:00, Locations Vary, Lexington



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