Category: TV and Video

Scary students on TV

Documentary following the freshmen class of Patrick Henry College, a conservative Christian college that has provided the current White House administration with more interns than any other college in America. All the courses, from biology to political science, are taught from a biblical point of view.

Link: Radio Times | TV listings grid

The week on the web

It’s the end of the week again, so it is surely time to postpone whatever it was you were planning on doing and spend the rest of your day getting nicely relaxed for the weekend. If you’re at work we obviously don’t advise misappropriation of company resources to fuel your own amusement when you should be working, but… well, actually we do. Go on. So here’s a summary of some of the best content we’ve found on the web this week… click read more below to find out about the strange religious things people find in their food, blasphemous cartoons, and health warnings for bibles.

Terry Jones on the ‘Barbarians’

Attila the HunA new TV series starts on BBC2 on Friday 26th May at 9pm. Terry Jones promises to expose the truth about the ‘Barbarians’. It seems that the Romans and the Catholic Church gave the Barbarians a reputation they didn’t deserve.

Terry Jones pieces together new archaeological evidence to reveal the startling truth about the Barbarians, in the process discovering how the Roman propaganda machine was able to pull off a great con-trick and turn their enemies into monsters fit for children’s stories.

Jesus – The Musical and more

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It’s the weekend, so it’s time for the near-weekly roundup of the stimulating and the stupid on the Interweb.

“Intellectual infancy”: the phrase reminds one that religions survive mainly because they brainwash the young. Three-quarters of Church of England schools are primary schools; all the faiths currently jostling for our tax money to run their “faith-based” schools know that if they do not proselytise intellectually defenceless three and four-year-olds, their grip will eventually loosen.
AC Grayling

As if to prove my point in an earlier post about religion and what a stink it always kicks up, AC Grayling’s excellent piece on the Guardian’s Comment is free blog has attracted much comment. Grayling tackles the oft-used criticism levelled at atheists of being fundamentalists akin to the kind that blow up restaurants, a barking mad angry bunch who would have religion wiped off the face of the Earth and replace it with some kind of Stalinist hell. Henry444 comments “Excellent article AC, but you’re wasting your time – I don’t think that it’s possible to have a rational discussion about these things with religous types.” – quite true maybe, but 135 more people still have a go.

Speaking of discussion, we are looking to further develop fora for discussion on this website (thank you Mark for your e-mail), and would appreciate any suggestions you have – see our poll!

Weekend weblinks

It’s time for some more of the best content available on the web at the moment – if you have any recommendations, let us know. This week, video and podcast highlights – a TV time warp, the banana as the atheist’s nightmare, and what is a podcast anyway? Broadband recommended.

‘Why Atheism?’ DVD now in the NSS Shop

Link: National Secular Society – National Secular Society – NSS Shop

They say “An exciting new DVD, exclusively available at this price [£16.99] from the NSS, examines atheism as it applies to the lives of real people. The DVD consists of six films, originally intended for schools, but far too good for such a restricted audience.” The Team Video DVD features a funeral and a baby-naming by Suffolk Humanist Celebrant Margaret Nelson, and interviews with students from Kesgrave High School near Ipswich.

TV to see

It’s possible, maintains Esther Rantzen, to have a good death. In a thoughtful, interesting and surprisingly optimistic documentary, Rantzen, whose experience of bereavement is still raw after the deaths of her husband, mother and father, looks at the beginnings of a movement to change the way in which hospitals treat the dying.

How to Have a Good Death
9:00pm – 10:30pm, Thursday 30th March BBC2

Link: Radio Times | Programme details