Episode 163 – Potpourri Episode

In this chapter the Supreme Irreverend Randy Tyson, Christine and feisty Twyla find that Andrew Wakefield’s venture into film making has bombed; BC Humanists fight the distribution of religious materials in Abbottsford public schools; yet another Bangledshi blogger is murdered on the streets of Dhaka; Pope Frank issues the Amortis Laetitia, but don’t expect to see fallen Catholics come back any time soon; and from The Regressive Left Files, dreadlocks are cultural appropriation ’cause culture. But first, fun with Deepak!

Episode 162 – Potpourri

In this 162nd chapter of the podcast we learn that Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom is dead; Andrew Wakefield’s blockbuster expose was pulled from Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival; Parents of 19-month old Ezekiel Stephan tried to treat his lung infection and meningitis with such powerful medicines as maple syrup and horseradish root with unfortunately predictable results. But first, we have to tackle the elephant in the room: the recent acquittal of Jian Ghomeshi who was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

Episode 161 – The Atheist Muslim, Ali A. Rizvi

In this, the 161st episode join Christine and me, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, in welcoming Dr. Ali Rizvi to our humble periodical. Ali is Pakistan-born Canadian physician/writer residing in Toronto who grew up in a number of locales, including Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, as part of a progressive Muslim family. Ali’s writings advocate for secularism, science, and reform, particularly in the Muslim community, and is a regular contributor to The

Huffington Post. His new book, scheduled to come out later this year, is called The Atheist Muslim (https://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Atheist-Muslim-Journey-Religion-Reason/dp/1250094445).

Episode 158, Pt 3 – The Regressive Left, With Guests Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen

Welcome once again to the Legion of Reason, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less-than-critical world! In this, the 158th edition, Da Prez Kris, Feisty Twyla, the incomparable Nate Phelps and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson are joined by Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen as we play “complete the following” to the statement “You might be a regressive leftist when….” The term ‘regressive left’ was popularized by Maajid Nawaz to describe “well-meaning liberals and ideologically driven leftists” in Great Britain who naively and “ignorantly pandered to” Islamists and helped Islamist ideology to gain acceptance. But it goes further than this to invade seemingly every aspect of social justice and we’ll speak to each in turn.

This is the third and final act of our discussions of the regressive left. In parts one and two we spoke with Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen about the attempts of the regressive left to subvert traditional feminist ideals, along with attempts to stifle discussion of Islamism through accusations of Islamaphobia. In this part, we take on the topics of racism and cultural appropriation.

Episode 160 – Religion DOES poison everything (audio version)

We are now doing videocasts, which allows us to include awesome production values. We will keep doing the audio versions, but know that there is another option available for you to be entertained and informed by us. Subscribe to our YouTube channel (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/channel/UCkUHBVvz-82qWFoeO74Yu5Q) today! The video version of this podcast episode can be viewed here (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=zvr0aV69LIA).

What do we have for your listening pleasure this time? We have more on attempts by the Catholic Church to interfere with physician-assisted dying legislation, and one person outside of Quebec has availed herself of the option, with another in Toronto requesting an exemption from the current law. Catholic care givers in Vancouver and Edmonton have already revealed their intentions to refuse to comply with any request for assistance in dying should they arise. And that is despite the public funding of these sectarian institutions. In Australia, Cardinal Pell says that tales of a predatory priest was a sad story and not of much interest to him. Bishop Fred Henry is back. He can’t seem to stop writing about the new guidelines for dealing with non-traditional gender identities in Alberta schools and is stuck with the biological definition and Catholic teaching. CTV peddles nonsense yet again featuring holistic nutritionalist Julie Cove who says to heal you need to alkalinize your body. And finally, we have blasphemy stories from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Russia and Germany. But first, the so-called “Long Island Medium” Theresa Caputo is on a Canadian tour, including places of interest to two of my co-hosts.

Episode 158, Pt 2 – The Regressive Left, With Guests Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen

In this, the 158th edition, Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen join us as we play “complete the following” to the statement “You might be a regressive leftist when….” The term ‘regressive left’ was popularized by Maajid Nawaz to describe “well-meaning liberals and ideologically driven leftists” in Great Britain who naively and “ignorantly pandered to” Islamists and helped Islamist ideology to gain acceptance. But it goes further than this to invade seemingly every aspect of social justice and we’ll speak of each in turn and why they are harmful.

In this chapter, we take on the forces attempting to subvert traditional feminist ideals.

Episode 158, Pt 1 – The Regressive Left, With Guests Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen

In this, the 158th edition, Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen join us as we play “complete the following” to the statement “You might be a regressive leftist when….” The term ‘regressive left’ was popularized by Maajid Nawaz to describe “well-meaning liberals and ideologically driven leftists” in Great Britain who naively and “ignorantly pandered to” Islamists and helped Islamist ideology to gain acceptance. But it goes further than this to invade seemingly every aspect of social justice and we’ll speak of each in turn and why they are harmful.

Episode 157 – A Few Reasons for NOT Catholicism

Join Da Prez Kris and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, as we have another potpourri episode. We discuss the recent tiff between the NECSS and Richard Dawkins, his unfortunate stroke and the subsequent kiss-and-make-up; Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill meet in Cuba to disrespect quite a few groups with their concord (why does the media even give this pompous, hat-wearing douchebags the time of day?); Alberta bishops have no shortage of things to bitch about, what with physician-assisted dying being legal an all (as well as an excellent op-ed by Paula Simon on why we should end public funding of Catholic health care); the recent missive sent to new bishops by the Vatican claiming that they do not have to inform local law enforcement of discovered instances of priestly pedophilia; And yet more Catholic crap in South America, where religious authority tells its adherents use contraception to reduce the number of new borns with zika-induced hypoencephalus is a sin.

Really. Is there no depth to which Catholic doctrine can’t sink?

Episode 156 – Bangladeshi Blogger Raihan Abir

Raihan Abir is a Bangaldeshi academic and biomedical engineer and for the last five years Abir has been working in the Department of Biomedical Physics and Technology at Dhaka University. He is a recipient of a International Science Program Fellowship from Uppsala University Sweden and is a science writer, human rights activist, freelance journalist and respected blogger in the Bangladeshi community. He is the author of two published books, including ‘The Philosophy of Disbelief” which he co-authored with murdered writer Avijit Roy. Before and after the killing of Ananta Bijoy Das, Abir was followed, threatened and extremists demanded The Philosophy of Disbelief be removed from publication. He came to Toronto for a biomedical conference in June of last year and extended his stay in the hopes that the situation in Bangledesh would improve. When his friend and fellow Mukto-Mona blogger Niloy Neel was attacked and killed in his own home, Abir decided to apply for refugee status for himself and his family. The violence in Bangladesh against secularists continued when in October of last year Abir’s publisher was seriously injured and fellow writer Faisal Arefeen Dipon was killed.

Abir, his wife Samia and their daughter Sophie now reside in Canada.

Thanks to Eric Adriaans of CFI Canada for helping Raihan and his family obtain refugee status and for facilitating getting in touch with him for the interview.

Episode 155 – American Atheist’s David Silverman and Imagine No Religion’s Bill Ligertwood

We have two interviews for you this episode, the first with American Atheist (http://atheists NULL.org/)‘s David Silverman (who joins us to talk about his new book Fighting God) and Bill Ligertwood joins us again to talk about this year’s Imagine No Religion (http://imaginenoreligion NULL.ca/) conference this May 20-22 in Vancouver, BC.