Welcome to Episode 80 of the Legion of Reason! This week Kris, Haysn and I talk on a number of subjects, including a study on the poor quality assurance of herbal supplements (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/health/herbal-product-contamination-considerable-dna-tests-find-1 NULL.1959278?cmp=fbtl) that may be a significant health risk to consumers, another nail in the coffin (which at this point is overkill) for liberation therapy treatment of multiple sclerosis in a new Canadian study published in The Lancet (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/health/no-link-between-narrowed-veins-and-ms-canadian-led-study-1 NULL.1489194), and a bill introduced in the Quebec National Assembly by the opposition as an alternative to the Parti Quebecois’ Charter of Values (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/montreal/qu%C3%A9bec-solidaire-proposes-unifying-secular-charter-1 NULL.1931400). But first, we discover two of Kris’ hot button issues. Later, you can hear Kris go on a tirade over the Harper government’s refusal to contribute to abortion access for victims of war rape (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/politics/canadian-money-won-t-go-to-abortion-for-war-rape-victims-paradis-1 NULL.1483803). But first, the Edmonton public school system has been bringing in an anti-choice group (http://www NULL.edmontonjournal NULL.com/news/Paula+Simons+Wait+Does+Christian+based+belong+public+schools/8999795/story NULL.html) – such groups being well-known to make up birth control and abortion risks – to teach children about abstinence as a choice in sex education classes. What the hell?
This is the last chance to get a letter to Michael Enright. I will be mailing the ones that I receive on Thursday, October 17. If you have planned to get one in, do it now! And thank you to all those that have sent one in. Your participation is greatly appreciated!
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In response to the as yet unresolved human rights commission case brought by Ashu Solo last year, Saskatoon City Council has in its infinite wisdom decided on all-inclusive prayer (http://http://www NULL.thestarphoenix NULL.com/news/Saskatoon+city+council+favours+inclusive+prayer/8979595/story NULL.html) as the answer. Too bad for Mayor Atchison there is no such thing, unless, of course, atheists don’t count as citizens. Way to represent, Atchison! Kris, Haysn and I move on from there to CBC media personality Michael Enright’s essay (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/thesundayedition/essays/2013/09/29/atheists-stop-whining/) on why he would like us atheists to shut up. Note to Enright: get bent. But first, the president of American Atheists (http://atheists NULL.org/) David Silverman (who’s latest book I, Atheist (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Atheist-Americas-Loudest-Heathen-Fires/dp/1939578051/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB) comes out next March) joins us to talk a bit about firebrand atheism.
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