Episode 79 – Firebrand Atheism, with Guest David Silverman

In response to the as yet unresolved human rights commission case brought by Ashu Solo last year, Saskatoon City Council has in its infinite wisdom decided on all-inclusive prayer (http://http://www NULL.thestarphoenix NULL.com/news/Saskatoon+city+council+favours+inclusive+prayer/8979595/story NULL.html) as the answer. Too bad for Mayor Atchison there is no such thing, unless, of course, atheists don’t count as citizens. Way to represent, Atchison! Kris, Haysn and I move on from there to CBC media personality Michael Enright’s essay (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/thesundayedition/essays/2013/09/29/atheists-stop-whining/) on why he would like us atheists to shut up. Note to Enright: get bent. But first, the president of American Atheists (http://atheists NULL.org/) David Silverman (who’s latest book I, Atheist (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Atheist-Americas-Loudest-Heathen-Fires/dp/1939578051/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB) comes out next March) joins us to talk a bit about firebrand atheism.

LoR – Episode 19

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.