Feisty Twyla and Da Prez Kris join me, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson to discuss how Malaysian gods causing earthquakes can be appeased for the price of a few hundred bucks; the sentence of blogger Raif Badawi to 1,000 lashes and ten years in prison for the crime of exercising free speech has been upheld by a Saudi court, while the Quebec government gives Badawi an immigration selection certificate; Pope Frank forms a tribunal to deal with bishops who hid incidents of priestly pedophilia – is there hope for the one and only Church which believes Jesus is made of wafers and wine? Don’t hold your breath; The Truth and Reconciliation report has been released in the hopes that the mistake of Canada’s residential school system never happens again; and finally, yet more on the Taber Alberta prayer in public school nonsense. But first, Kris and I were present at Imagine No Religion 5 and we give you a short review of the event.
Da Prez Kris, Feisty Twyla the incomparable Nate and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson discuss a myriad of issues. Later in the podcast, Ireland votes to enshrine same-sex marriage (http://www NULL.irishtimes NULL.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/vatican-calls-irish-referendum-a-defeat-for-humanity-1 NULL.2226957) in its constitution; in Ontario, a team of Muslim school boys threatens to pick up their ball and go home (http://www NULL.citynews NULL.ca/2015/05/28/exclusive-muslim-boys-high-school-soccer-team-refuses-to-play-against-team-with-2-girls/) rather than play against a team with two girls; a Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan United Church minister writes a letter of apology (http://www NULL.buzzfeed NULL.com/laurenstrapagiel/a-saskatchewan-minister-wrote-a-heartwarming-letter-to-the-l# NULL.bnODB65wX) to the LGBT community and asks for forgiveness; a public elementary school Taber, Alberta – yes, the same Taber which has outlawed crude language – promises to violate the Charter by having school-led prayer every morning (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/calgary/saying-lord-s-prayer-at-school-to-continue-for-now-in-s-e-alberta-1 NULL.2441998); a creationist unearths 60 MYA fish (http://www NULL.edmontonsun NULL.com/2015/05/27/alberta-creationist-edgar-nernberg-digs-up-what-scientists-are-calling-the-most-important-fossil-finds-in-decades?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=recommend-button&utm_campaign=Alberta+creationist+Edgar+Nernberg+digs+up+what+scientists+are+calling+the+most+important+fossil+finds+in+decades) fossils and claims we have the same evidence, just different interpretations. But first, we talk about Josh Duggar and his molestation problems. Boo hoo, Josh.
Da Prez Kris, Feisty Twyla, the incomparable Nate and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, are very pleased to present a discussion with Dr Jerry Coyne, professor of biology at the illustrious University of Chicago. He is a prolific publisher in the field studying speciation science and has in the last several years become a voice of reason, authoring a popular blog (https://whyevolutionistrue NULL.wordpress NULL.com/) and publishing two lay books. The first was given the title “Why Evolution Is True (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Why-Evolution-True-Jerry-Coyne/dp/0143116649/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1433175808&sr=8-2&keywords=jerry+coyne)“, followed earlier this month by “Faith vs Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Faith-Versus-Fact-Religion-Incompatible-ebook/dp/B00O4RHN64/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433175808&sr=8-1&keywords=jerry+coyne)“. Better yet, he is a fellow ailurophile and western boot aficionado We discuss the incompatibility of religion and science with Dr Coyne.