Today's episode is about religion and faith. Why do people believe the things they believe?
:51 – 4:08 We're starting today's show with a religion that is shrouded in mystery. And controversy. So what do we really know about Scientology?
4:08 – 10:51 Last Tuesday was St. Patrick's Day. People gathered in pubs all around the world to celebrate. But who is St. Patrick? And what's with the green beer?I joined Ethan Rabidoux on a quest to learn the truth about St Patty's Day.
10:53 – 14:10 The intensifying war in Sri Lanka has one Catholic woman thinking God is an alien. Regina Mariathas escaped her war torn country as a child. Now in her 30s, she spends a lot of time pondering the whereabouts of God. Salma Tarikh visits Regina's home in Mississauga to hear why Regina thinks God's way out there.
15:33 - 18:39 In 2002, Maher Arar was deported to a Syrian prison, tortured and held without trial for a year. His wife, Monia Mazigh, worked tirelessly to bring him home. She came to speak at the University recently and I was surprised to learn that through all her hardships, she never doubted God.
18:40 – 22:16 HBO recently stirred up controversy with "Big Love" its show about a polygamous Mormon family. Last Sunday's episode showed a sacred ritual known as the endowment ceremony. Traditionally this is something that's kept secret from non-Mormons. Matt Puddister attended a reading from the Book of Mormon to see what younger Church members thought of all the fuss.
22:18 - 23:46 We went around campus and asked people whether or not they believe in God, and why.
23:47 – 26:26 Do ever worry about the apocalypse? A growing number of people who believe the world will end twenty-twelve do. Their beliefs stem from the assumption that the ancient Mayan calendar ends on December twenty-first, two thousand and twelve. Matt Puddister speaks to Andi Mac, the co-founder of Mayan-Calendar-Code.com.
Thank you for reading this story…
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.
rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.
So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.
And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.