Welcome to another episode of the Legion of Reason! It’s been a few weeks, I was croaking like a chorus of frogs and I figured that no one wanted to hear that, if they want to hear me at all, and last week I was the only one available and again, I don’t think anyone would be terribly interested in listening to me talk to myself. I couldn’t do this podcast without my co-hosts.
Anyway, Kris, Twylla, Haysn and I discuss the response from Imam Syed Soharwardy to the recent Islamist terrorist attack in Algeria in which two Canadians participated (http://www NULL.sunnewsnetwork NULL.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2013/04/20130403-182657 NULL.html). The good imam is clearly in denial about the relationship between fundamentalis Islam and religion-based terrorism. We discuss with bemusement a recent poll which asked American voters their opinions on the validity of various popular conspiracy theories (http://www NULL.publicpolicypolling NULL.com/main/2013/04/conspiracy-theory-poll-results- NULL.html). And we announce our intention to create our own version of the JREF’s Pigassus Awards (http://www NULL.randi NULL.org/site/index NULL.php/jref-news/2074-jrefs-pigasus-awards-honors-dubious-peddlers-of-woo NULL.html) – the inaugural annual “White Ass-hat Awards”. There are various categories of asshattery, religious and nonreligious in nature, and we will be taking nominations from our listeners in each category. We will announce the winners in a couple of weeks! The episode ends with a bit of inspirational music from that great British satirical television program Spitting Image.
I want to remind people that on April 30 we will be visited by the incomparable George Hrab for an evening of skepticism and music at Ten Nightclub. You can get your tickets to that at Eventbrite, (http://cfiyychrab NULL.eventbrite NULL.ca/#) and even save a couple of bucks using the promo code hidden somewhere in this episode! There are also apparently still some tickets (and even hotel space!) available for INR3 in Kamploops May 17-19 (http://imaginenoreligion NULL.ca/). So, those still on the fence had best make a move if they want to attend. Another name has been recently added to the speaker list, Peter Boghossian, instructor of philosophy at Portland State University and author of “Street Epistemology: A Manual for Creating Atheists” that will be coming out soon. That weekend is going to be a blast and you’ll regret having missed it if you aren’t there!
But first, we tackle a topic that seems to be raging through the skeptic and atheist movements – feminism. To quote a Talking Heads tune, “My God! What have I done?”