Diana MacPherson sent these two videos, one of which is a real commercial and the other a parody. As she says:
The show Diana refers to appears on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a government entity.
First we have the legit commercial—the one parodied by the satire below. It’s tribalistic and way over the top, but that’s how they’re sellling ancestry tests in Canada. (I wonder, as an atheist Jew who has ancestors in Galway, if I’d be greeted so warmly!):
Can you imagine this being shown on any television station in the U.S., much less one run by the government? Ceiling Cat bless Canada!
It reminds me of this joke related by Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion:
A journalist, researching for an article on the complex political situation in Northern Ireland, was in a pub in a war-torn area of Belfast. One of his potential informants leaned over his pint of Guinness and suspiciously cross-examined the journalist: “Are you a Catholic or a Protestant?” the Irishman asked.”Neither,” replied the journalist; “I’m an atheist.”
The Irishman, not content with this answer, put a further question: “Ah, but are you a Catholic atheist or a Protestant atheist?”