July 19, 2008 - Webster Cook, student senator and non-eater of communion wafers
Sarah Braasch returns to talk about prayer imposed on senior citizens. If I was restricted to use of federally funded services, I think I'd take exception to being forced to pray in order to eat. Which is what Sarah's report was about. FAQ at FFrF.org
Dan waxes poetic on the subject of reincarnation.
Webster Cook attended a mass recently because a friend was curious about what actually occurs during a Catholic mass. During the mass, he received communion but failed to eat the wafer (he was, in fact, raised Catholic) He's now being charged with a hate crime, and possible expulsion from school. Go figure. It's hard to imagine how anything more ridiculous could have evolved out of this situation.
Excuse me if I find this entire subject laughable. I've talked to several Catholics over the years who have told me that they never eat the communion wafers. "You never know where those things have been".
2007 Archive episode.
July 21, 2007 - The God Who Wasn't There
The episode opens with a tribute to the Harry Potter stories. The seventh Harry Potter book was released at midnight the day of the broadcast. I was out there with the rest of the fans, myself.
Theocracy alert deals with a disruption during the Senate invocation prayer. (Why we as taxpayers pay for Senate chaplains is beyond me. I thought they were all sworn to poverty?)
and a discussion of the sad state of affairs when it comes to Catholic priests and child abuse.
(Why not advertise Trojans on TV? Can't be any worse than ED treatments or female hygiene products)
Brian Flemming produced "The God Who Wasn't There".
I've seen it (and I won't go see the Passion of the Christ. Talk about Torture Porn) I hate to say this, but I think the interview was better than the film. I haven't had the chance to watch the entire DVD, but I understand that there is more information on the DVD than is included in the film itself.
The film inspired the Blasphemy Challenge (I first heard about this on FTL) which has 1509 video responses as of this writing; 508 of whom signed a ticket to hell (unless they have one of these; I have a whole box of them) and didn't even get a DVD.
2006 Archive episode.
July 22, 2006 - "Gideons and Guantanamo"
For legal buffs, George Daly represented FFrF in their objection to a bible distribution day. He has also represented clients held at Gitmo.
[It's frightening to think this was two years ago, and they have just now granted that these prisoners have a right to a hearing under US law. These prisoners will be waiting at least another year before they even get their hearing, and it could be another couple of years before any of them could be released. That's over a decade of imprisonment for some of these guys, some of them simply swept up for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. 3650 days versus one day for a US citizen accused of a real crime. What a joke our laws are]
Pagan pulpit and Dan's Battle of Church and State close out the episode.