In this 168th edition (June 20, 2016) Kris, Feisty Twyla and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy, welcome our special guests, YouTube sensations Logicked (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/user/logicked) and Isetheoriginal (https://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=sxrEA1M_kQs)!
In this, the 167th episode we introduce a new segment covering Arts and Entertainment, wherein we learn that Mel Gibson has a sequel to his last snuff film “The Passion of the Christ” is in the works, and the probable plot of God’s Not Dead 3 is unfolding as its producers are being sued for copyright infringement of another Christian screenplay. Whatever happened to turning the other cheek? In Ottawa, the Senate is looking at right-to-die legislation Bill C-14 and does not like what it sees; Calgarian Catholic health care providers Covenant Health and Covenant Care refuse to abide by the Supreme Court decision over assisted dying and announce they will violate patient rights by not granting requests no matter what and Pope Frank weighs in on the debate from his cheap seat in Rome. Yours truly made his thoughts known in a tweet that I am sure shook the halls of the Vatican. As well, there are a couple of late stories to relate. Federal NDP MP Linda Duncan tabled a bill requiring labeling of GMO foods and O Canada! has been changed yet again, this time make it gender neutral. But first the elephant in the room, the Orlando shooting that happened early Sunday morning.
Welcome to the Legion of Reason Diversion, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less than critical world! In this, the 166th edition we see the greatest scientific minds in Canada tasked with answering one of the great questions of our time: Is broom technology destroying the game of curling? Who says blue-sky research isn’t useful? Catholic constitutional lawyers say the darnedest things! They’re so cute! And from the Regressive Left Files we have not one, but TWO portfolio folders. In the first we find Milo Yiannopoulos yet again at the center of controversy, this time at DePaul University in Chicago where Black Lives Matter protesters disrupt his talk as an invited speaker. The second contains the results of a recent poll on how students think speech that offends them should be dealt with. But before we get to those titillating topics, it’s convention season and we have to talk about Imagine No Religion in Vancouver last weekend and the American Humanist Association’s meeting in Chicago.
This past Victoria Day weekend was Imagine No Religion 6, and we have two interviews for you this week: Dr. Michael Shermer and The Amazing Randi graciously agreed to being interviewed, brokered by Left At The Valley’s Kevin Francis. (Thanks, Kevin!)
It’s naturopathy awareness week, and we wanted to make sure everyone is aware that there is no such thing as alternative medicine. Rather, it’s alternative TO medicine. In this, the 164th installment, we look at the tragedy that unfolded in northern Alberta while I was away; legislation covering physician assisted dying was introduced by the federal government and we go over the major points; a verdict was handed down, rather quickly too, in the trial of the parents of Ezekiel Stephan, who died from a wholly treatable illness in Lethbridge; CFI Canada presented a petition to Premier Brad Wall to end prayer in the Saskatchewan legislature; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is trying to improve its image in Canada by promoting the less evil side of Saudi culture without all the burkas and severed heads; more voices of dissent in Bangladesh have been violently silenced; and finally, more from the Regressive Left Files. At the University of Massachusetts, regressives attempted to disrupt a talk they didn’t like, and at Oxford, law professors rudely find out what regressive left means.
In this chapter the Supreme Irreverend Randy Tyson, Christine and feisty Twyla find that Andrew Wakefield’s venture into film making has bombed; BC Humanists fight the distribution of religious materials in Abbottsford public schools; yet another Bangledshi blogger is murdered on the streets of Dhaka; Pope Frank issues the Amortis Laetitia, but don’t expect to see fallen Catholics come back any time soon; and from The Regressive Left Files, dreadlocks are cultural appropriation ’cause culture. But first, fun with Deepak!
In this 162nd chapter of the podcast we learn that Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom is dead; Andrew Wakefield’s blockbuster expose was pulled from Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival; Parents of 19-month old Ezekiel Stephan tried to treat his lung infection and meningitis with such powerful medicines as maple syrup and horseradish root with unfortunately predictable results. But first, we have to tackle the elephant in the room: the recent acquittal of Jian Ghomeshi who was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
In this, the 161st episode join Christine and me, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, in welcoming Dr. Ali Rizvi to our humble periodical. Ali is Pakistan-born Canadian physician/writer residing in Toronto who grew up in a number of locales, including Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, as part of a progressive Muslim family. Ali’s writings advocate for secularism, science, and reform, particularly in the Muslim community, and is a regular contributor to The
Huffington Post. His new book, scheduled to come out later this year, is called The Atheist Muslim (https://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Atheist-Muslim-Journey-Religion-Reason/dp/1250094445).
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.
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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.