Episode 158, Pt 3 – The Regressive Left, With Guests Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen

Welcome once again to the Legion of Reason, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less-than-critical world! In this, the 158th edition, Da Prez Kris, Feisty Twyla, the incomparable Nate Phelps and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson are joined by Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen as we play “complete the following” to the statement “You might be a regressive leftist when….” The term ‘regressive left’ was popularized by Maajid Nawaz to describe “well-meaning liberals and ideologically driven leftists” in Great Britain who naively and “ignorantly pandered to” Islamists and helped Islamist ideology to gain acceptance. But it goes further than this to invade seemingly every aspect of social justice and we’ll speak to each in turn.

This is the third and final act of our discussions of the regressive left. In parts one and two we spoke with Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen about the attempts of the regressive left to subvert traditional feminist ideals, along with attempts to stifle discussion of Islamism through accusations of Islamaphobia. In this part, we take on the topics of racism and cultural appropriation.

Episode 160 – Religion DOES poison everything (audio version)

We are now doing videocasts, which allows us to include awesome production values. We will keep doing the audio versions, but know that there is another option available for you to be entertained and informed by us. Subscribe to our YouTube channel (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/channel/UCkUHBVvz-82qWFoeO74Yu5Q) today! The video version of this podcast episode can be viewed here (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=zvr0aV69LIA).

What do we have for your listening pleasure this time? We have more on attempts by the Catholic Church to interfere with physician-assisted dying legislation, and one person outside of Quebec has availed herself of the option, with another in Toronto requesting an exemption from the current law. Catholic care givers in Vancouver and Edmonton have already revealed their intentions to refuse to comply with any request for assistance in dying should they arise. And that is despite the public funding of these sectarian institutions. In Australia, Cardinal Pell says that tales of a predatory priest was a sad story and not of much interest to him. Bishop Fred Henry is back. He can’t seem to stop writing about the new guidelines for dealing with non-traditional gender identities in Alberta schools and is stuck with the biological definition and Catholic teaching. CTV peddles nonsense yet again featuring holistic nutritionalist Julie Cove who says to heal you need to alkalinize your body. And finally, we have blasphemy stories from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Russia and Germany. But first, the so-called “Long Island Medium” Theresa Caputo is on a Canadian tour, including places of interest to two of my co-hosts.

Episode 158, Pt 2 – The Regressive Left, With Guests Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen

In this, the 158th edition, Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen join us as we play “complete the following” to the statement “You might be a regressive leftist when….” The term ‘regressive left’ was popularized by Maajid Nawaz to describe “well-meaning liberals and ideologically driven leftists” in Great Britain who naively and “ignorantly pandered to” Islamists and helped Islamist ideology to gain acceptance. But it goes further than this to invade seemingly every aspect of social justice and we’ll speak of each in turn and why they are harmful.

In this chapter, we take on the forces attempting to subvert traditional feminist ideals.

Episode 158, Pt 1 – The Regressive Left, With Guests Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen

In this, the 158th edition, Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen join us as we play “complete the following” to the statement “You might be a regressive leftist when….” The term ‘regressive left’ was popularized by Maajid Nawaz to describe “well-meaning liberals and ideologically driven leftists” in Great Britain who naively and “ignorantly pandered to” Islamists and helped Islamist ideology to gain acceptance. But it goes further than this to invade seemingly every aspect of social justice and we’ll speak of each in turn and why they are harmful.

Episode 157 – A Few Reasons for NOT Catholicism

Join Da Prez Kris and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, as we have another potpourri episode. We discuss the recent tiff between the NECSS and Richard Dawkins, his unfortunate stroke and the subsequent kiss-and-make-up; Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill meet in Cuba to disrespect quite a few groups with their concord (why does the media even give this pompous, hat-wearing douchebags the time of day?); Alberta bishops have no shortage of things to bitch about, what with physician-assisted dying being legal an all (as well as an excellent op-ed by Paula Simon on why we should end public funding of Catholic health care); the recent missive sent to new bishops by the Vatican claiming that they do not have to inform local law enforcement of discovered instances of priestly pedophilia; And yet more Catholic crap in South America, where religious authority tells its adherents use contraception to reduce the number of new borns with zika-induced hypoencephalus is a sin.

Really. Is there no depth to which Catholic doctrine can’t sink?

Episode 156 – Bangladeshi Blogger Raihan Abir

Raihan Abir is a Bangaldeshi academic and biomedical engineer and for the last five years Abir has been working in the Department of Biomedical Physics and Technology at Dhaka University. He is a recipient of a International Science Program Fellowship from Uppsala University Sweden and is a science writer, human rights activist, freelance journalist and respected blogger in the Bangladeshi community. He is the author of two published books, including ‘The Philosophy of Disbelief” which he co-authored with murdered writer Avijit Roy. Before and after the killing of Ananta Bijoy Das, Abir was followed, threatened and extremists demanded The Philosophy of Disbelief be removed from publication. He came to Toronto for a biomedical conference in June of last year and extended his stay in the hopes that the situation in Bangledesh would improve. When his friend and fellow Mukto-Mona blogger Niloy Neel was attacked and killed in his own home, Abir decided to apply for refugee status for himself and his family. The violence in Bangladesh against secularists continued when in October of last year Abir’s publisher was seriously injured and fellow writer Faisal Arefeen Dipon was killed.

Abir, his wife Samia and their daughter Sophie now reside in Canada.

Thanks to Eric Adriaans of CFI Canada for helping Raihan and his family obtain refugee status and for facilitating getting in touch with him for the interview.

Episode 155 – American Atheist’s David Silverman and Imagine No Religion’s Bill Ligertwood

We have two interviews for you this episode, the first with American Atheist (http://atheists NULL.org/)‘s David Silverman (who joins us to talk about his new book Fighting God) and Bill Ligertwood joins us again to talk about this year’s Imagine No Religion (http://imaginenoreligion NULL.ca/) conference this May 20-22 in Vancouver, BC.

Episode 154 – Livin’ On A Prayer – Dusti Hennenfent and Luke Fevin

Join us as Da Prez Kris, Feisty Twyla, Nate Phelps (who doesn’t yet have a moniker) and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson as we delve into a subject which surprises many to learn is unfortunately much too common in Alberta and Saskatchewan: prayer in public schools.

We have two guests with us for this episode. Dusti Hennenfent was born and raised in Moose Jaw and left home to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan. Following the successful completion of her degree she traveled, teaching English in South Korea, and probably the locals in Houston TX and in Washington state. She moved back to the Moose Jaw region and is married with two children of grade school age. This is her first foray into secular activism.

Also with us this evening is Luke Fevin. Luke is a social rights activist, specializing in secularism and education. He’s a regular contributor to television, radio and web media, and at conferences, which is how I met Luke. Luke is primarily concerned over the Separate Catholic school system, prayer in schools and public environments and the impact of religious privilege on LGBTQ community. In his spare time, Luke sits on the board of The Society of Edmonton Atheists, and is co-founder of the secular groups APUPIL (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/groups/APUPIL/) and The Society of Albertans United for Separation of State and Church.

Episode 153, Part 2 – Kudatah!

In this, the second part of the 153rd installment of this humble periodical Feisty Twyla, Da Prez Kris and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson take you on a sonic voyage. Our first stop is the land of assisted dying, where the Supreme Court of Canada has shown its diminishing patience over the Government of Canada’s lack of pace in creating guidelines for the procedure. From there we move on to the city of same-sex marriage inequality where the world body of the Anglican church has suspended the United States chapters and put the Canadian one’s on notice. Next we enter the land of confusion where an Anglican minister is fighting for her job after self-describing as an atheist and wonders what the fuss is all about. And from there we travel the highway of righteous indignation as a Moose Jaw Saskatchewan mother takes her children’s public school to the province’s human rights commission over school-led morning prayer. And our journey ends in statistical fashion with a new Angus Reid poll giving us insight into the views on morality of Canadians. But first…. FIRST! He’s BAAAAAaaaaaack! It’s been a long while, but the sudden cold chill down my spine can only mean the return of Bishop Fred Fucking Henry! The NDP government, only seven months old has drawn the ire of the good bishop with its new guidelines on the treatment of LGBT students that apply not only to the public, but also to the Catholic school system! Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!

Episode 153, Part 1 – He’s BAAAAAAAaaaaaaaack!

In this, the 153rd instalment of this humble periodical Feisty Twyla, Da Prez Kris and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson take you on a sonic voyage. Our first stop is the land of assisted dying, where the Supreme Court of Canada has shown its diminishing patience over the Government of Canada’s lack of pace in creating guidelines for the procedure. From there we move on to the city of same-sex marriage inequality where the world body of the Anglican church has suspended the United States chapters and put the Canadian one’s on notice. Next we enter the land of confusion where an Anglican minister is fighting for her job after self-describing as an atheist and wonders what the fuss is all about. And from there we travel the highway of righteous indignation as a Moose Jaw Saskatchewan mother takes her children’s public school to the province’s human rights commission over school-led morning prayer. And our journey ends in statistical fashion with a new Angus Reid poll giving us insight into the views on morality of Canadians. But first…. FIRST! He’s BAAAAAaaaaaack! It’s been a long while, but the sudden cold chill down my spine can only mean the return of Bishop Fred Fucking Henry! The NDP government, only seven months old has drawn the ire of the good bishop with its new guidelines on the treatment of LGBT students that apply not only to the public, but also to the Catholic school system! Woe unto you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!