OA94: Geoff Blackwell, Trump’s Anti-Trans Tweets & the Google Manifesto

In today’s episode, we interview Geoffrey Blackwell from the American Atheists Legal Center.

First, the guys break down the recent lawsuit filed by two LGBTQ advocacy organizations challenging President Trump’s tweets regarding transgender service in the military.

During the main segment, we ask Geoff what the AALC does, what kinds of cases are on his plate, and whether Trinity Lutheran v. Comer is as bad as we think it is.

After that, Andrew answers a question from listener Thomas S. regarding Google’s firing of an employee who wrote a bizarre, 10-page anti-woman manifesto.

Finally, we end with an all-new Thomas Takes the Bar Exam Question #36 about defamation.  Remember that you can play along with #TTTBE by retweeting our episode Tweet along with your guess.  We’ll release the answer on next Tuesday’s episode along with our favorite entry!

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Show Notes & Links

  1. Give Geoff’s podcast, All Too Common Law, a listen!
  2. Here is a link to the Doe v. Trump lawsuit filed Aug. 9, 2017 challenging Trump’s tweets.
  3. This is the Slate piece calling the lawsuit “ingenious”; Andrew disagrees.
  4. And this is the (weird) Mattis internal DOD memo about “ethics” to which the guys refer during the show.
  5. Finally, this is the Google manifesto referred to during the “C” segment of the show.

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