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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 63: Ray Comfort’s Audacity: A Review and Discussion with Actor Travis Owens

Our latest podcast is all about evangelist Ray Comfort‘s new film Audacity, a movie with the goal of convincing gay and lesbian viewers to renounce homosexuality.Jessica and I watched the film (so you don’t have to) and we give you the play-by-play along with commentary. (So there’s your spoiler alert!)After that, beginning at the 34:44 mark, we have an *exclusive* interview with the film’s star Travis Owens. He plays Peter, a very devout Christian who wants to spread the Good Word, but sometimes hesitates because it might be awkward. Because he hesitates, bad things happen — especially to gays and lesbians who didn’t accept Jesus into their lives.In real life, Travis is actually very supportive of LGBT rights, which makes his appearance in this film both questionable and fascinating.We spoke with him about what it’s like to work with Ray Comfort, whether he’s received more feedback from LGBT viewers or Christians, and why he took on a role that contradicted his personal beliefs.

Our latest podcast is all about evangelist Ray Comfort‘s new film Audacity, a movie with the goal of convincing gay and lesbian viewers to renounce homosexuality.

Jessica and I watched the film (so you don’t have to) and we give you the play-by-play along with commentary. (So there’s your spoiler alert!)

After that, beginning at the 34:44 mark, we have an exclusive interview with the film’s star Travis Owens. He plays Peter, a very devout Christian who wants to spread the Good Word, but sometimes hesitates because it might be awkward. Because he hesitates, bad things happen — especially to gays and lesbians who didn’t accept Jesus into their lives.

In real life, Travis is actually very supportive of LGBT rights, which makes his appearance in this film both questionable and fascinating.

We spoke with him about what it’s like to work with Ray Comfort, whether he’s received more feedback from LGBT viewers or Christians, and why he took on a role that contradicted his personal beliefs.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the podcast. If you have any suggestions for people we should chat with, please leave them in the comments, too.

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