Freethought Today · Vol. 27 No. 8 October 2010

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Barker appears on Australian ‘60 Minutes’

Foundation Co-President Dan Barker was scheduled to appear Oct. 10 on Australia’s “60 Minutes” Australia,” the sister program of CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

The program flew him from Madison, Wis., to Los Angeles in September to conduct the interview.

The topic is Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, who will be called St. Mary of the Cross after her Oct. 17 canonization. (According to reports by ABC in Australia released after Barker’s interview, she was briefly excommunicated by the church in part for exposing a pedophile priest.) Barker’s comments were generally directed at claims of her “miraculous cures.”

The show producers indicated they might play some footage of Barker’s debate last March with Cardinal George Pell of Sydney. Read about the encounter, “Atheists loudly, proudly rise Down Under,” May 2010, in FFRF’s extensive archives of Freethought Today.

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