In this instalment: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to viewing movies in theaters, atheists will yet again be completely caricaturized and turned into straw men! Michael Scott, creator of God’s Not Dead, is ignoring the crushing 17% received from the movie review site Rotten Tomatoes (http://www NULL.rottentomatoes NULL.com/m/gods_not_dead/) and in an incredible case of delusional thinking has announced that a sequel to the unintentional comedy (http://www NULL.charismanews NULL.com/culture/45859-god-s-not-dead-2-getting-ready-to-rock-atheists-world) is in the works. No word yet on which religious zealot actors will cast; since our last podcast episode, the Supreme Court of Canada heard arguments on whether saying a Catholic prayer (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/montreal/saguenay-prayer-case-hearing-begins-at-supreme-court-1 NULL.2797683) – not just a non-sectarian prayer, but a specifically Catholic one – said before city hall meetings in the Quebec city of Sagueny infringes on anyone’s freedom of religion. In a look at two polar opinions (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/opinion/op-ed/Lakritz+Keep+religion+city+council+meetings/10292704/story NULL.html), Bishop Fred “You-know-what” Henry (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/opinion/op-ed/Henry+wrong+demand+that+religion+confined+church/10308544/story NULL.html) makes yet another appearance (Spoiler alert! I don’t agree with him.); in addition to hockey, maple syrup and Mounties, Canada makes yet another contribution to the world. Or rather, a lack of one, according to a letter signed by 800 scientists (http://www NULL.canada NULL.com/technology/foreign+scientists+urge+Stephen+Harper+lift+restrictions+Canadian+researchers/10310970/story NULL.html) from 32 different countries accusing the current regime in Ottawa of slashing funding for science and gagging federal scientists from speaking on issues such as climate change and fish stocks. But first, and I think everyone could guess what the first topic would be tonight, we’re going to take a look at the two incidents dominating the news in this country, the attacks in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/canada/suspect-in-attack-on-2-soldiers-in-quebec-had-become-radicalized-pmo-1 NULL.2062419) and Ottawa (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/canada/canada-will-never-be-intimidated-harper-says-after-shootings-in-ottawa-1 NULL.2065443) and some fallout (http://www NULL.coldlakesun NULL.com/2014/10/24/mosque-vandalized-in-what-locals-describe-as-disgusting-crime) from these incidents.
In this installment, we find that the final validation of Big Bang cosmology and evolution (http://www NULL.huffingtonpost NULL.com/2014/10/27/pope-francis-evolution_n_6057378 NULL.html?utm_hp_ref=religion) comes from an unlikely source, at least according to the media, who seem to have forgotten that the Vatican has played fast and loose all along. This time it comes from a guy who also thanked exorcists for showing “Love for those possessed (http://www NULL.huffingtonpost NULL.com/2014/10/29/pope-francis-exorcists_n_6064044 NULL.html).” Let’s face it, we could make jokes on that quote all night long. Homeopaths offer to add the might of Big Placebo in the fight against Ebola (http://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/world/2014/oct/30/homeopaths-offer-services-fight-ebola) in Africa and a New Zealander MP gets demoted in a plot by Big Pharma to silence him. Federal scientists break their political neutrality (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/politics/union-for-federal-scientists-breaks-neutrality-will-campaign-against-harper-1 NULL.2093214) and finally tell Prime Minister Stephen Harper to stuff it. But first I’d like to talk about ways we can get the credulous to listen to reason and look at evidence viz a viz a Facebook conversation I had yesterday. Before we get to that, though, episode 122 was a live video podcast wherein I looked like a boiled lobster and you can view it here (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=7VpdUptzQDw).