Later on in this installment, Christine, Twyla and yours truly, the Very Irreverend Dr Randy Tyson give kudos to CBC Marketplace (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/marketplace/episodes/2014-2015/drugstore-remedies-licence-to-deceive) demonstrates how ridiculously easy it is to obtain a license from Health Canada to sell a natural remedy; yet another Conservative MP comes out of the creationist closet (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/ID/2656936485/?page=3) and we get to listen to former leader of the Canadian Reform Alliance Party (which, by the way, in Freudian manner spells out ‘CRAP’) confuses the right to hold a belief with demanding respect for beliefs; Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons calls the niqab “anti-women” (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/politics/harper-says-overwhelming-majority-agrees-with-tories-on-niqabs-1 NULL.2990439); and finally while Islam needs its Voltaire, the town of Taber, Alberta needs its Kevin Bacon (http://www NULL.taber NULL.ca/DocumentCenter/View/1006, http://www NULL.calgarysun NULL.com/2015/03/10/town-of-taber-alberta-moves-to-ban-swearing) to Footloose away the anti-swearing and anti-assembly provision of its “Community Standards” bylaw. But first, our very own Christine Shellska read a statement to the Commission for Social Development (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=Eok1jRSsBtc&feature=youtu NULL.be) promoting secular values (as well as some unfinished business involving a bottle of Johnny Walker).
Later in the podcast we discuss the violent death of Bangladeshi atheist blogger Avijit Roy (http://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/world/2015/feb/27/american-atheist-blogger-hacked-to-death-in-bangladesh?CMP=share_btn_fb), five dangerous enemies of Christian faith (http://www NULL.charismanews NULL.com/opinion/48419-5-dangerous-enemies-against-your-christian-faith) (wait… only Christian?), a Conservative MP in Britain claims astrology could help take pressure off national health system’s physicians (http://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/politics/2015/feb/25/astrology-help-nhs-claim-conservative-mp-david-tredinnick), and, just so our friends across The Pond don’t feel put off, an Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP publicly expresses his disbelief in evolution ( http://www NULL.theglobeandmail NULL.com/news/politics/ontario-pcs-distance-themselves-from-mpp-who-denies-evolution/article23202872/?service=mobile). But first, the so-called Islamic jihadi group al-Shabaab names West Edmonton Mall as a target (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/world/west-edmonton-mall-named-in-al-shabaab-video-as-possible-target-1 NULL.2966514?cmp=fbtl) and no one seems to care!
(Christine’s speech to the UN can be seen here (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=En3t_XcL72U).)