Welcome back listeners! Later on in this episode of The Legion of Reason we have one of Kris’ interviews from last year. This time the subject is David Niose (http://en NULL.wikipedia NULL.org/wiki/David_Niose), currently the president of the Secular Coalition for America (http://secular NULL.org/) and past president of the American Humanist Association (http://www NULL.americanhumanist NULL.org/). He is also the author of Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Nonbeliever-Nation-Rise-Secular-Americans/dp/023033895X). We also shoot the bull as we discuss in a totally unscheduled session about how each of us arrived at where we are in terms of our atheist activism, explore the latest rumor surrounding the resignation of Pope Palpatine (http://www NULL.guardian NULL.co NULL.uk/world/2013/feb/21/pope-retired-amid-gay-bishop-blackmail-inquiry), and discuss the recent inauguration of the Office of Religious Freedom (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/politics/story/2013/02/19/pol-ambassdor-office-religious-freedom-announced NULL.html), its first Ambassador-at-large and why we think it’s bad idea from the get-go. First off, though, we answer a great email from one of our listeners.
Andrew Bennett’s anti-secular world view (http://globalbrief NULL.ca/blog/2011/02/18/what-role-for-faith-in-21st-century-politics/)
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s troubling remarks that atheist/agnostics not worth the same protections from the ORF (http://www NULL.theglobeandmail NULL.com/commentary/letters/the-conversation-feb-23-letters-and-other-talking-points-of-the-week/article8988893/)
More troubling remarks from John Baird… (http://www NULL.international NULL.gc NULL.ca/media/aff/speeches-discours/2012/05/24a NULL.aspx?view=d)
Baird’s comments in Liberty magazine (http://www NULL.libertymagazine NULL.org/index NULL.php?id=1878)