On Freethought Radio, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker report on FFRF’s many victories this week. Then, after “welcoming” the visit of Pope Francis to America with Dan’s “Stay Away Pope Polka,” Annie Laurie and Dan talk with Carlos Mendoza of the Guatemalan Secular Humanists about being booed and booted from the Guatemalan Congress while testifying against a bill to introduce mandatory bible reading in the schools.
Then, some parents think their children are better off never being exposed to other religions and worldviews. Gordon Bonnet, author of the Skeptophilia blog, reads a column of his from the past week entitled “The Perils of Indoctrination.”
And we finish our look at the ethics of eating and otherwise using animals with the final portion of Ken Kaufman’s Myoclonic Jerk Podcast on eating animals. We’ll hear many different perspectives on the subject, from vegans to meat producers.
What about a cogent defense of meat eating? A couple years ago, the New York Times Magazine Ethicist column asked its readership to send in 600-word essays defending the practice of meat-eating and asked a panel of judges consisting of Mark Bittman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Andrew Light, Michael Pollan, and Peter Singer to pick a winner. Thousands of entries came in. Here’s a link to the 600 word essay that won the contest and those most popular with readers.