Episode 145 – A Potpourri Episode

In this episode, Da Prez Kris and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, discuss a variety of pressing issues:

  1. Warwick University student union cancels a talk by invited speaker Maryam Namazie, citing butt-hurtedness. We propose a Golden Hemorrhoid Cushion Award be given in response.
  2. Bishop Fred “You-know-what” Henry writes on physician-assisted suicide and, as usual, gets everything wrong, while a BC bishop thinks abstinence is what will keep women from contracting HPV.
  3. Recently-unemployed bus driver Jesse Rau tries to cash in on his self-induced martyrdom by running for public office in the next federal election (any takers on how many votes he’ll get?).
  4. As we approach the Halloween season the Calgary Journal has an interview with a local paranormal ‘research’ group.

Episode 144 – Chris and Jonn’s Excellent Interviews

Welcome to the Legion of Reason, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less than critical world! In this, the 144th installment of our humble audio periodical, we bring you two interviews. In the first, Da Prez Kris and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, talk to screenwriter and author Chris Matheson about his new book taking a quirky and entertaining look at what it would be like to be God. Chris is best known for co-penning Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequel, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, and has recently published The Story of God: A Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate). In the second, the incomparable Nate Phelps and I talk with Christian-apologist-turned-atheist John Loftus about his upcoming book giving advice to budding Christian apologists on how to go about defending their faith. John, a Master’s graduate in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and once ordained minister in the Church of Christ, apologetics and philosophy at various universities and after hitting the eject button on religion became a staunch voice for reason. In the aftermath of a crisis of faith he has written a number of books, beginning in 2008 with Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. This was followed by Why I Became an Atheist: Personal Reflections and Additional Arguments, The Outsider Test for Faith, an anthology titled The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, The End of Christianity and following a debate tour with Christian apologist Randal Rouser co-authored with Randal God or Godless. November will see the publication of his sixth book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.

Episode 143 – All We Skeptics Need is Love

Here is the 143rd episode presented by the Legion of Reason, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less-than-critical world! In this installment, we discuss an interview with University of Calgary professor Patrick Finn who tells us in his new book called Critical Condition that critical thinking needs more love. We rip him a new one. From there we move on to the recent spate of bullshit masquerading as religious freedom in the workplace, and finish off with a recent opinion piece by our friend Lawrence Krauss on why scientists the world over should be militant atheists.

Episode 142 – Harperman!

In this, the 141th installment, “Da Prez” Kris, “Feisty” Twyla and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, discuss how a Calgary bus driver plans to harsh the rainbow by refusing to do his job if his vehicle has any pride on it, a Nova Scotia gets his ass handed to him on a platter after complaining his right to freedom of religion was violated when he was prevented from preying on young minds with Christian literature, and an Edmonton mother was in court last week to fight for the right to treat her daughter’s intractable epilepsy.

Episode 141 – Oh, Go Stick A Bagel in Your Ear!

We’re back! Yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Dr. Randy Tyson, has returned from Southern Africa with about 5,000 photos (you can view some of them here: http://photoshare.shaw.ca/messages/viewthumb/32588649018-1439234763-97448/gallery/page/1/15/), and Da Prez Kris and Feisty Twylla recount their experiences at TAM in Vegas. We delve into more Catholic nonsense involving bagels and anti-vaccine crapola in Africa, and the ongoing senate scandal in Canada is biblically justified according to the ex-chief of staff for the Prime Minister. And yet another secular blogger has been murdered in Bangladesh as calls for Dhaka’s Inspector General of Police for neglecting his duty grow.

Episode 139 – The Gods Must Be Crazy!

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.

Episode 138 – The Pot of Gold at the End of Ireland’s Rainbow

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.

Episode 137 – Professor Jerry Coyne, Why Science and Religion are Incompatible

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.

Episode 136 – The Bolsheviks Have Taken Alberta!

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).

Episode 135b – Et tu, Nenshi?

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.