This episode has a decidedly atheist theme. When Ashu Solo attended a dinner intended to show appreciation for City of Saskatoon volunteers he did not expect prayer from a public official to be on the menu. We spoke to Ashu about the incident and his complaint to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. I have an editorial at the end of the episode on why – contrary to the opinions of some – this is an important case.
Also, a number of us attended the Imagine No Religion 2 this past May long weekend and a great time was had by all. Among the speakers was The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, who was gracious enough to lend us some of his time and thoughts on atheism.
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It’s been a fantastic weekend. INR2 has just wrapped up with the last talk being given by keynote speaker Lawrence Krauss and I am getting some great interviews. Ever wanted to hear PZ Myers and Matt Dillahunty talking together? Later I’m interviewing The Thinking Atheist and tomorrow Maryam Namazie. Stay tuned!
This was a busy week again as we take a look at a Nova Scotia high school student suspended for heinous infraction of wearing a t-shirt proclaiming that ‘life is wasted without Jesus’. While we’re not a fan of the message (Hitchens comes to mind here -“We are created sick and commanded to be well.” When will the religious take off the blinders and actually examine atheists’ lives rather than asserting our existence is meaningless?), we take an even dimmer view of the school board’s action. Morning prayer in an Alberta public school (!) is back by popular demand, as if that trumps the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Haysn gave a listen to a CBC radio program series entitled “After Atheism”. I gotta say, there aren’t any more stations along that track for me. And Bryce joins us to discuss how every personality is defined by a nine-pointed star-like construct. Except when they aren’t half the time. Talk about hedging bets.
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In this episode we have a look at what can only be described as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cynical end-run around his own promise to not re-open the abortion debate by allowing a backbencher to proceed with a private member’s bill to discuss when a fetus is a human being. Since Ontario MP Stephen Woodworth claimed he wants to look at the science we take him at his word, and after looking at his words we see how they are framed to draw a conclusion that you can’t get to if you simply look at the science. Also, Twylla visited with Dallas skeptic Bart Cantwell in the Lone Star State and we present the interview that ensued.
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