Hello and welcome to another edition of the Legion of Reason podcast! Well, Stampede Week is over and it’s safe once again for native Calgarians to venture out of doors without fear. Later Twylla and talk about zombie scientists on Parliament Hill looking for brains and – not finding any – starve to death. Well, not quite. But scientists and concerned citizens did hold a mock funeral for science in Canada (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/politics/story/2012/07/10/pol-death-evidence-protest-parliament-hill NULL.html) to demonstrate their displeasure at federal enemy actions. First, though, we discuss the tragic events in a North Vancouver home precipitated when a miracle vitamin cocktail was substituted for medication (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/07/04/bc-schizophrenic-homicide-trial NULL.html). There’s absolutely nothing funny about this, folks, and for all those people that have suggested that there’s no harm in alternative-to-medicine crap, they can just bite me and choke on it.
Welcome, welcome and a thousand times welcome! The Legion of Reason is once again on the march and we have a surprise co-host this week! Edward Falzon (http://www NULL.beinggayisdisgusting NULL.com/), on a North American tour promoting his new book “Being Gay is Disgusting” (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.com/Being-Gay-Disgusting-Edward-Falzon/dp/9993187011/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343080259&sr=8-1&keywords=edward+falzon), with us in this episode. We have an update on the unfortunate result of low vaccination rates in rural Alberta. A six-week old infant died in Calgary’s Alberta Children’s Hospital due to complications from pertussis (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/health/family-child/Alberta+baby+whooping+cough+death+renews+health+calls+vaccinations/6959771/story NULL.html). We also talk about why Sun TV would give a Toronto Islamic street preacher (who proposed a law forcing women to dress modestly (read: “made to disappear”)) Andy Worhol’s 15 min in a very undeserved fashion (http://www NULL.torontosun NULL.com/2012/07/16/muslim-street-cleric-wants-to-protect-canadian-women-from-sex-assault-by-forcing-them-to-cover-up). And we digress all over the place in a discussion on biblical morality and how it has no place in a modern society. Thanks to Kris for bringing Edward. We had a lot of fun!
It’s time yet again for the Legion of Reason to march into battle against the forces of woo and magical thinkers. This week we feature another one of Kris’ awesome interviews that she has been getting at various secular human and skeptical meeting venues. The subject this episode is Sean Faircloth (http://en NULL.wikipedia NULL.org/wiki/Sean_Faircloth). A regular at the Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas, where I’ve met him twice, Sean is an attorney who served five terms in the Maine Legislature. In 2009, he became the executive director of the Secular Coalition for America (http://secular NULL.org/) and last fall became the directory of strategy and policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (http://richarddawkinsfoundation NULL.org/). Sean is a dynamic speaker, undoubtedly a product of his political career, and is a staunch advocate for the separation of church and state in the US. Before that, it being ‘Stampede Week’ here in Calgary, we touch on an event that kicked it off. Artur Pawlowski, street preacher and politician wannabe who’s platform makes modern Texas Republicans look like 80s LaRouche Democrats, hijacked the Stampede Parade yet again (http://rabble NULL.ca/blogs/bloggers/djclimenhaga/2012/07/nothing-sacred-turbulent-pastor-crashes-calgary%E2%80%99s-stampede-parad) by showing us he and his followers can indeed spell ‘J-E-S-U-S’ and walk at the same time.
Christine attended the American Humanists Association meeting in New Orleans a few weeks back and managed to attend a few talks between getting interviews. One of those is with Aron Ra, whose voice seems to have recovered from arguing with Christians at the world-wide atheist meet up in Australia earlier this year, and we’ll hear from him later on in the episode. Before that, we take a look at some letters to the Calgary Herald over church/state separation (here (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/life/Tandt+Render+unto+Caesar+leave+church+politics+alone+Harper/6833155/story NULL.html), here and here (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/opinion/Protecting/6868798/story NULL.html)– have some fun and sing along with us!) and we take umbrage to the idea that taxation-free status currently enjoyed by religious organizations is unlimited regardless of political involvement. But first, Bishop Fred Henry responds to criticism of his policy of prudery trumping health (link (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/health/Bishop+Fred+Henry+strikes+back+health+advocates+over+vaccination/6846266/story NULL.html)) in a segment I call the Vatican Empire Strikes Back. So to recap the situation I thought hey- why not a montage of sound bites set to some appropriate music?
Have I mentioned we don’t like Henry much?