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Skeptics with a K: Episode #031

The Skeptics with a K discuss the 14th European Skeptical Congress, the Pope’s Holyrood speech and evolution denial in Northern Ireland.  Plus the tale of the Dealer of Death, 30,000 witches, a dead dog and a rodent.

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Popes and Jokes

As you may all have noticed, the Catholic Church has recently been creaking under the weight of its own paedophiles. That’s what happens when you keep hiding them. The glare of the media must have spooked the Church, because in the tradition of all large amoral institutions they’ve been trying to distract us with a story about virtually nothing. Well, I think they have… maybe I’ve just assumed it was down to them because it was so perfectly timed. It could just be coincidence that one moment everyone was shaking their heads in disgust at the sexual abuse of children and the next they were shaking their heads in disgust at a civil servant making a condom joke. I don’t know. There’s been a lot of Catholic-originated disgust and anger about in the papers, denouncing this affront… a few weeks ago every prominent Catholic was quiet for fear that the righteous fire of popular anger would burn their face off. 

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #021

Batman and the Health Ranger; Iron Man and Wheatgrass Juice; the Pope and the Civil Service; Scotland and Cannibals; and Fizzy Drinks and Old Age.

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Top of the Popes

Looking ahead to the Christmas charts, it looks like role of ‘religious-fundamentalist gunning for the Xmas #1 spot’ – which is usually played by Cliff Richard, I believe – will this year be filled by none other than the Holy Father himself. The Telegraph has reported that condom-hater and former Hitler-youther Pope Benedict XVI is set to release a Christmas album of his chants and litanies, as well as reciting passages and prayers in Latin, Italian, Portuguese, French and German.

As it happens, he’s actually assembling something of a supergroup – he’ll be backed by The Choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome and also by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, plus I believe The Chemical Brothers have been approached to do a re-mix. OK, I did make that last bit up, I’ll admit – I figured this story’s so weird nobody would notice! I mean, and this bit is actually in the Telegraph article and therefore is potentially true (as far as I can tell), his CD will be released on Universal’s Geffen label, which was behind Donna Summer’s gold-selling disco record The Wanderer as well as John Lennon’s final album, Double Fantasy.

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