In this, the 126th instalment of our modest little audio pamphlet we invite you to our non-Christmas, non-Hanukkah, non-Kwanza, non-Ramadan Newtonmas Festivus Saturnalia Extravaganza, wherein Da Prez Kris, the ever-feisty Twyla, hard-rocking Dean and yours truly the Very Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson bring to you happenings since our last episode! Listen as we express our shock and surprise that Roman Catholic authority supports the now infamous Bill 10 (http://calgaryherald NULL.com/news/local-news/bishops-wade-into-bill-10-gsa-debate), which would allow Alberta school boards to arbitrarily ban gay-straight alliances in their schools; the parents of 14-month old John Clark are charged with his death due to a staph infection complicated by faith-based dietary malnutrition (http://calgaryherald NULL.com/news/crime/parents-charged-in-connection-with-death-of-infant); The Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons has come out with new guidelines on doctors unwilling to provide contraception to their patients (http://www NULL.theglobeandmail NULL.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/ontario-doctors-who-deny-abortion-birth-control-must-refer-patients/article22035376/) and fail utterly; Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has alienated a significant fraction of his province’s citizenry by yet again promoting Jesus (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=u3RJBe2BEpk) and implying that you can’t perform good acts without believing in him; And, a new report (http://www NULL.religionnews NULL.com/2014/12/17/atheists-new-persecuted-minority-international-report-concludes-commentary/) by the International Humanist and Ethical Union claims that a number of nations villify and persecute atheists and in addition to the examples cited in this report we add a bizarre incident (http://www NULL.middleeasteye NULL.net/news/egyptian-police-shutdown-atheist-cafe-accused-harbouring-satan-worship-433128763) to this growing list. But first, while most of us believe that the Oprah Winfrey discovery Dr. Oz is totally full of crap, a systematic examination of the advice (http://io9 NULL.com/how-much-of-what-you-hear-on-the-dr-oz-show-is-based-o-1672595666?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow) he gives on his television program shows he’s actually only half full of crap.
In this, the 125th installment, our gaze falls on HPV vaccinations and Catholic school systems yet again; the interference of a Catholic school principal in student projects upholding gay rights (http://ottawacitizen NULL.com/news/local-news/catholic-school-principal-shuts-down-students-project-on-gay-rights); a CBC Marketplace report on homeopathic vaccines (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/health/vaccine-alternatives-offered-by-homeopaths-irresponsible-1 NULL.2852408) known as nosodes; and finally a Legion of Reason Office of Religious Freedom report. But first, last week saw the humiliating demise of Bill 10, which was a preemptive attempt by the Alberta Progressive Conservatives to head off the Liberal opposition party’s Bill 202 which would have allowed the unfettered formation by students of gay-straight alliances. I met with Liberal MLA Kent Hehr (http://www NULL.kenthehr NULL.ca/) at his constituency office in downtown Calgary to discuss Bill 10 as well as public funding of sectarian schools in the province and the LoR discuss those happenings on the most interesting week in Alberta politics in some time.
In this installment, Kris, Twyla, Dean and yours truly the Very Reverend Doctor Randy Tyson explore fascinating topics including the landing of the Philae spacecraft on a comet after a ten year journey; From the “what’s the harm?” files, clients of an acupuncture clinic in Abbotsford BC have been warned (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/health/abbotsford-acupuncture-clinic-patients-advised-to-get-tested-for-hiv-1 NULL.2113107) to be tested for HIV and Hepatitis; and finally, two First Nations children have been allowed to reject life-saving chemotherapy for leukemia (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/11/13/first-nations-girls-treatmnent-leukemia/) in favor shall we say, dubious, treatments. We talk about the Hippocrates Health Institute (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/aboriginal/doctor-treating-first-nations-girls-says-cancer-patients-can-heal-themselves-1 NULL.2832760) and some views opposing this judicial decision (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/aboriginal/first-nations-children-not-well-served-by-chemotherapy-ruling-arthur-schafer-1 NULL.2836141).
But first I think we’ll discuss the impending doom Kris is feeling as she realizes that a bottle of whiskey will be mine in February as infallible Pope Francis tells us that euthanasia is a ‘sin’ against God (http://www NULL.telegraph NULL.co NULL.uk/news/worldnews/the-pope/11233347/Pope-Francis-denounces-euthanasia-as-sin-against-God NULL.html)…