Feisty Twyla and Da Prez Kris join me, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson to discuss how Malaysian gods causing earthquakes can be appeased for the price of a few hundred bucks; the sentence of blogger Raif Badawi to 1,000 lashes and ten years in prison for the crime of exercising free speech has been upheld by a Saudi court, while the Quebec government gives Badawi an immigration selection certificate; Pope Frank forms a tribunal to deal with bishops who hid incidents of priestly pedophilia – is there hope for the one and only Church which believes Jesus is made of wafers and wine? Don’t hold your breath; The Truth and Reconciliation report has been released in the hopes that the mistake of Canada’s residential school system never happens again; and finally, yet more on the Taber Alberta prayer in public school nonsense. But first, Kris and I were present at Imagine No Religion 5 and we give you a short review of the event.
Da Prez Kris, Feisty Twyla the incomparable Nate and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson discuss a myriad of issues. Later in the podcast, Ireland votes to enshrine same-sex marriage (http://www NULL.irishtimes NULL.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/vatican-calls-irish-referendum-a-defeat-for-humanity-1 NULL.2226957) in its constitution; in Ontario, a team of Muslim school boys threatens to pick up their ball and go home (http://www NULL.citynews NULL.ca/2015/05/28/exclusive-muslim-boys-high-school-soccer-team-refuses-to-play-against-team-with-2-girls/) rather than play against a team with two girls; a Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan United Church minister writes a letter of apology (http://www NULL.buzzfeed NULL.com/laurenstrapagiel/a-saskatchewan-minister-wrote-a-heartwarming-letter-to-the-l# NULL.bnODB65wX) to the LGBT community and asks for forgiveness; a public elementary school Taber, Alberta – yes, the same Taber which has outlawed crude language – promises to violate the Charter by having school-led prayer every morning (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/calgary/saying-lord-s-prayer-at-school-to-continue-for-now-in-s-e-alberta-1 NULL.2441998); a creationist unearths 60 MYA fish (http://www NULL.edmontonsun NULL.com/2015/05/27/alberta-creationist-edgar-nernberg-digs-up-what-scientists-are-calling-the-most-important-fossil-finds-in-decades?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=recommend-button&utm_campaign=Alberta+creationist+Edgar+Nernberg+digs+up+what+scientists+are+calling+the+most+important+fossil+finds+in+decades) fossils and claims we have the same evidence, just different interpretations. But first, we talk about Josh Duggar and his molestation problems. Boo hoo, Josh.
Da Prez Kris, Feisty Twyla, the incomparable Nate and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, are very pleased to present a discussion with Dr Jerry Coyne, professor of biology at the illustrious University of Chicago. He is a prolific publisher in the field studying speciation science and has in the last several years become a voice of reason, authoring a popular blog (https://whyevolutionistrue NULL.wordpress NULL.com/) and publishing two lay books. The first was given the title “Why Evolution Is True (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Why-Evolution-True-Jerry-Coyne/dp/0143116649/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1433175808&sr=8-2&keywords=jerry+coyne)“, followed earlier this month by “Faith vs Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Faith-Versus-Fact-Religion-Incompatible-ebook/dp/B00O4RHN64/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433175808&sr=8-1&keywords=jerry+coyne)“. Better yet, he is a fellow ailurophile and western boot aficionado We discuss the incompatibility of religion and science with Dr Coyne.
Later on in the podcast, Da Prez Kris and I, your Supremely Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, discuss the minor revolution that happened here in Alberta with the complete self-annihilation of a party that ruled over this province for 44 years; Scientologists travel to Nepal (http://www NULL.globalpost NULL.com/article/6550051/2015/05/15/scientologists-are-nepal-trying-heal-trauma-victims) to heal earthquake victims via “ooga-booga”; and Catholic authority yet again demonstrates its harmful nature, this time in the Catholic schools forcing a transgender student (http://www NULL.edmontonjournal NULL.com/Catholic+trustee+could+face+sanctions+speaking+against+board+decision+transgendered+student/11056723/story NULL.html) who identifies as a girl use the boys washroom. But first we talk on recent personal events, including Kris’ trip to the American Humanist Association conference and my prostate adventures, and on a more serious note yet another blogger in Bangladesh has been murdered (http://www NULL.aljazeera NULL.com/news/2015/05/150512043430832 NULL.html) by a mob for exercising his free speech (supposedly constitutionally protected).
The US Food And Drug Agency is re-evaluating the practice (http://www NULL.washingtonpost NULL.com/national/health-science/for-first-time-in-decades-fda-to-revisit-how-it-regulates-homeopathic-products/2015/04/18/2753315c-e207-11e4-81ea-0649268f729e_story NULL.html) of allowing homeopathic remedies to bypass risk/efficacy analyses before being sold to unsuspecting customers. From there we move on to Vancouver, where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on an official visit to Canada claims Hinduism isn’t a religion but a way of life (http://www NULL.ndtv NULL.com/india-news/hinduism-not-a-religion-but-a-way-of-life-pm-narendra-modi-755705?site=full). And then it’s on to Rome where Pope Frank finally notices that women have brains (http://time NULL.com/3822482/pope-francis-women-church-society/), but no gay French ambassadors allowed (http://www NULL.thenewcivilrightsmovement NULL.com/uncucumbered/france_refuses_to_rescind_the_nomination_of_gay_ambassador_to_the_vatican). Australia leads the fight against anti-vaxxers yet again by tightening regulations surrounding parental objections to vaccination. No-vaccy, no money (http://www NULL.pbs NULL.org/newshour/rundown/australia-dont-vaccinate-kids-well-cut-benefits/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=newshour), says the Aussie government.
Last week the Supreme Court of Canada came down with a seminal decision on the separation of church and state in this country. While these two magisteria are not explicitly kept apart, the SCC ruled that there is a modern expectation that religion has no place in politics. In this episode we explore the history of the case before the court, the decision made and reaction across Canada.
Later in this installment, there’s more fallout from the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by Indiana’s governor Mike Pence. Memories Pizza, the business so proud of its bigotry closes (http://www NULL.ifyouonlynews NULL.com/lgbtq/memories-indianas-now-infamous-anti-gay-pizza-place-forced-to-close-in-under-one-day/) soon after because of threats made to the establishment. But, don’t worry! A Go Fund Me fundraiser has a reward for Memories Pizza’s courageous stand to the tune of about $850,000 (http://www NULL.newnownext NULL.com/sorry-cancer-patients-and-boston-marathon-victims-indianas-memories-pizza-raised-more-than-you-on-gofundme/04/2015/). Remember, it’s not discrimination. It’s religious freedom! The Great State of Georgia may be next in line to enact a bill similar to Indiana’s and you don’t have to go very far to find those already salivating at the prospect of their exercising of “religious freedom” becoming legalized as one CNN reporter finds out (http://wjcl NULL.com/2015/04/02/why-one-georgia-florist-wont-serve-gay-couples/). How far can this ‘religious freedom’ thing go? Well, a lesbian couple finds out after a pediatrician refuses to treat their infant child over religious objections (http://www NULL.msn NULL.com/en-us/news/us/pediatrician-refuses-to-treat-gay-couples-newborn-child/vi-AAar0Qm). And lest you think that this can only happen in the United States, a group of Christian physicians (http://www NULL.thestar NULL.com/life/health_wellness/2015/03/24/christian-doctors-group-says-new-college-policy-infringes-on-freedom-of-conscience NULL.html) has taken the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to court to protect their religious privilege of moralizing to their patients, thereby placing their own interests above those of their patients. On April 1, of all days, the College of Homeopathic Medicine came into existence in Ontario (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/radio/the180/new-taxes-special-laws-for-cyclists-and-should-homeopathy-be-regulated-1 NULL.3017050/will-a-college-of-homeopaths-make-homeopathy-more-credible-1 NULL.3017844). No, that is sadly not an April Fool’s joke. But not everyone who knows homeopathy is bunk agrees that this is necessarily a bad idea. An Ottawa mother of seven has ‘defected’ from the anti-vaccine movement (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/ottawa/tara-hills-ottawa-mom-changes-anti-vaccination-stand-but-7-kids-still-get-sick-1 NULL.3025592) after her youngest of 10 months contracts whooping cough, and California considers Senate Bill 277 (http://www NULL.nbcsandiego NULL.com/news/local/Local-Anti-Vaccine-Protesters-Rally-Against-Bill-299147881 NULL.html), which would require all children attending a public school to be vaccinated unless there is an underlying medical condition precluding immunization. And finally, Cardinal Raymond Burke (http://www NULL.huffingtonpost NULL.com/2015/03/27/cardinal-raymond-burke-gay-remarried-murderers_n_6957456 NULL.html), the same cardinal that intimated that the priestly pedophilia scandal was caused by homosexuality, says that gays and remarried Catholics are just sinful as murderers in a piece I like to call “Stupid things Catholic priests say”. But first, Saudi Arabia expresses its dismay (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/montreal/saudi-arabia-to-quebec-stay-out-of-raif-badawi-case-1 NULL.3017014) at Quebec’s denouncement of its torture of Raif Badawi for exercising his human right to free speech.
In this episode: CNN airs a documentary about us atheists (http://edition NULL.cnn NULL.com/videos/tv/2015/03/17/exp-cnn-creative-marketing-atheists-inside-the-world-of-non-believers NULL.cnn), and for once we aren’t represented as the evil monsters we really are; convicted fraudster and professional narcissist Conrad Black (http://news NULL.nationalpost NULL.com/full-comment/conrad-black-the-shabby-shallow-world-of-the-militant-atheist) and Phil Robertson (http://www NULL.huffingtonpost NULL.ca/2015/03/24/phil-robertson-duck-dynasty-hate-speech_n_6934164 NULL.html) think so! Angus Reid (http://angusreid NULL.org/faith-in-canada/) has released the results of an interesting poll looking at the demographics of belief in Canada; Indiana Governor Mike Pence signs a law (http://www NULL.cnn NULL.com/2015/03/25/politics/mike-pence-religious-freedom-bill-gay-rights/index NULL.html?ts_pid=2) which with its broad wording could lead to discrimination in that state. Did I say could? George Takei and others say “would”; and finally, an unnamed priest says a woman raped and murdered would still be alive (http://www NULL.msn NULL.com/en-ca/news/other/priest-in-australia-says-murdered-woman-would-still-be-alive-if-she-had-been-more-faith-filled/ar-AAaaJpA) if she had stayed at home and been more “faith filled”.
Later on in this installment, Christine, Twyla and yours truly, the Very Irreverend Dr Randy Tyson give kudos to CBC Marketplace (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/marketplace/episodes/2014-2015/drugstore-remedies-licence-to-deceive) demonstrates how ridiculously easy it is to obtain a license from Health Canada to sell a natural remedy; yet another Conservative MP comes out of the creationist closet (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/ID/2656936485/?page=3) and we get to listen to former leader of the Canadian Reform Alliance Party (which, by the way, in Freudian manner spells out ‘CRAP’) confuses the right to hold a belief with demanding respect for beliefs; Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons calls the niqab “anti-women” (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/politics/harper-says-overwhelming-majority-agrees-with-tories-on-niqabs-1 NULL.2990439); and finally while Islam needs its Voltaire, the town of Taber, Alberta needs its Kevin Bacon (http://www NULL.taber NULL.ca/DocumentCenter/View/1006, http://www NULL.calgarysun NULL.com/2015/03/10/town-of-taber-alberta-moves-to-ban-swearing) to Footloose away the anti-swearing and anti-assembly provision of its “Community Standards” bylaw. But first, our very own Christine Shellska read a statement to the Commission for Social Development (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=Eok1jRSsBtc&feature=youtu NULL.be) promoting secular values (as well as some unfinished business involving a bottle of Johnny Walker).
Later in the podcast we discuss the violent death of Bangladeshi atheist blogger Avijit Roy (http://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/world/2015/feb/27/american-atheist-blogger-hacked-to-death-in-bangladesh?CMP=share_btn_fb), five dangerous enemies of Christian faith (http://www NULL.charismanews NULL.com/opinion/48419-5-dangerous-enemies-against-your-christian-faith) (wait… only Christian?), a Conservative MP in Britain claims astrology could help take pressure off national health system’s physicians (http://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/politics/2015/feb/25/astrology-help-nhs-claim-conservative-mp-david-tredinnick), and, just so our friends across The Pond don’t feel put off, an Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP publicly expresses his disbelief in evolution ( http://www NULL.theglobeandmail NULL.com/news/politics/ontario-pcs-distance-themselves-from-mpp-who-denies-evolution/article23202872/?service=mobile). But first, the so-called Islamic jihadi group al-Shabaab names West Edmonton Mall as a target (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/world/west-edmonton-mall-named-in-al-shabaab-video-as-possible-target-1 NULL.2966514?cmp=fbtl) and no one seems to care!
(Christine’s speech to the UN can be seen here (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=En3t_XcL72U).)