Episode 228 – Potpourri

It’s April 1st, and how could Easter be on a more appropriate day? Okay, maybe Halloween would be slightly more appropriate for zombies. In today’s episode…. A mother tries to prove the existence of god to her children by letting Jesus take the wheel. In Catholic Watch, Pope Francis refuses to apologize to victims of church-run residential schools. A petition to change the name of an Ottawa ice cream dispensary has received around 10,000 signatures. A boycott has been called to force Sweet Jesus to change its name. May I offer the suggestion of Holy Hell as a new name? In Toronto, debate over Muslim prayer accommodation in public schools erupted into Qur’an shredding and police were forced to shut down the school district meeting. Iqra Khalid, Liberal MP for MIssissauga-Erin Mills, weighed in on Twitter expressing the hope of swift justice. On what charge, I have no idea. Scottish YouTuber Mike Meechan was convicted of a hate crime for the misdeed of filming his pug performing Nazi salutes. Comedians such as Ricky Gervais condemned the decision.

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A shameless skeptic with no patience for foolish nonsense and relishes nothing more than busting balloons filled with hot air. And, yes. I'm an atheist, for the same reason that I am a-homeopathic, a-chiropractic, a-reiki, etc. Atheism is a conclusion of modern skepticism applied to religious claims every bit as much as I don't buy into the Bigfoot myth. You want me to accept your claim? Show mete evidence, and it had best be better than the typical "Oh, but the evidence is all around you!" That gets no traction with me. But that doesn't mean my mind can't be changed. I'm no contrarian. I just happen to have more respect for myself than to fall for arguments like "You can't prove it isn't true!"