Interview on “Corbett” concerning FFRF Nothing Fails Like Prayer banner

FFRF "Nothing Fails Like Prayer" banner on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre
FFRF “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” banner on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre

I appeared on the May 24, 2013 episode of “Corbett” — a talkradio program on WILK Newsradio hosted by Steve Corbett — to discuss the “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” banner I, with the help of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had placed atop Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Within my nearly 13 minute interview, Steve Corbett asked me why I had placed the banner, disputed the banner’s message, characterized the banner as being “antagonistic” and “in your face,” and said that the banner does little to reach out to anybody.

Listen to the interview and my responses to Steve Corbett. For more information pertaining to the “Nothing Fails Like Prayer” banner, view the category “2013 FFRF Banner

Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula hosts the Stoic Philosophy Podcast; serves as co-organizer and spokesperson for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Freethought Society; and has hosted monthly Stoic Philosophy discussion groups for the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia.

He has appeared on and hosted various radio shows and podcasts; participated in formal debates and discussions; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events.

Vacula received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology, a minor in Professional Writing, and the distinguished W.A. Kilburn Memorial Award for Philosophy from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is currently living in the Scranton, PA area attending Marywood University’s graduate-level Mental Health Counseling program and has worked with the Arc of Luzerne County’s Transition to Community Employment program as a teacher’s assistant and job coach alongside adult learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

He also plays poker; volunteers as a member of the website and media team for the Greyhawk Reborn Dungeons & Dragons campaign while playing at events in the Eastern United States; and enjoys metal music.

  • David Brunton

    You have the patience of a saint.

  • bismarket 1

    This guy’s doing the job he’s being paid for quite well but what i took away from this is that he says he’s an Atheist yet still believes in the Supernatural. I think he would wet his pants with pleasure if you got all riled up but with hindsight an opportunity was missed when he got all arrogant & started on about how he’d been trying to change some things since before you were born. What an example of the failure of his tactics to actually achieve anything.

  • Caias Ward

    Corbett is an idiot. I guess we should just be ‘nice’ and everything will be OK…

  • dwolfcoach

    Antagonize? Have you read a paper lately?

    Prayer is effective? Please, then does rubbing the gravy dish and chanting work? Show the evidence.

  • infidel1000

    All these radio commentators think they know everything, and they strive to impress their core audience with their debating and interviewing skills by controlling the interview and the interviewee. I recently tried to make a comment to a local right-wing radio talk show and as I tried to make my point, the host immediately began trying to cut me off and prevent me from making my point. As I bulled on, he quickly severed the connection, cut the line, and moved on to the next caller, because he couldn’t control me and get HIS point across instead of allowing me to get mine. It’s a game they all play, to some degree. This type mostly strive to come across as some kind of individualist thinker, while their real agenda is really pretty transparent, as this guy’s is , which in this case is simply to impress his fan base and feed his own monster ego, a la Rush Limbaugh. Some are interested in real journalism, like, say, Mike Wallace or Barbara Walters, or simply allowing the interviewee to speak, like Larry King, or engaging the interviewee in a real debate, like Bill Mahre, but this guy’s on an ego trip, pure and simple.

  • cnuss

    I agree for the most part with what Corbett says and can appreciate the constructive criticism he offered. “Nothing fails like prayer” is not a positive message and I don’t see this as a step in the right direction to end the stupidity of the national day of prayer. A better message – perhaps – could be comparing prayer to wishing upon a star or to throwing a coin in a fountain…stuff like that rather than pointing out that it fails.

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