In this installment, Da Prez Kris, Feisty Twylla and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson discuss the hope brought about by the recent federal election here in the Great White North; our kudos go out to an Edmonton atheist group for trying to get attendees of a psychic performance to see the light; Vancouver passes an ordinance banning the pseudoscientific skipping of floor numbers in high rise apartment buildings; Texas Christians lament freedom of religion by using their own freedom to protest the opening of a Satanic church; and finally, we talk about the essentials about atheists.
In this instalment, Da Prez Kris, Feisty Twyla and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson talk about our collective relief at the removal of Stephen Harper and what the incoming Liberal government might mean for science in Canada. We attended Alberta’s first secular meeting, the None of the Above conference in Red Deer, and we give our impressions of the event. A couple in British Columbia attempt to indoctrinating their grandchild with religion, claiming that the mother’s objection violates their freedom of religion. And finally, it didn’t take long for a prominent anti-vaxxer to claim that Sesame Street’s newest autistic muppet is a conspiracy by vaccine manufacturers to “normalize autism”.
Tonight, Da Prez Kris, The Ever-Feisty Twyla and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson talk about a Calgary preacher trying to cash in on the recent success of the Toronto Blue Jays by comparing life to baseball in his sermons; parents in Busby Alberta vote overwhelmingly to keep saying the Lord’s Prayer in their PUBLIC elementary school; October 19 is national Kick Harper’s Ass day and we answer a listener’s question to boot! But first, this past Saturday was our counter protest to what was originally a show of support for homophobic ex-Calgary bus driver Jesse Rau.
In this episode, Da Prez Kris and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, discuss a variety of pressing issues:
- Warwick University student union cancels a talk by invited speaker Maryam Namazie, citing butt-hurtedness. We propose a Golden Hemorrhoid Cushion Award be given in response.
- Bishop Fred “You-know-what” Henry writes on physician-assisted suicide and, as usual, gets everything wrong, while a BC bishop thinks abstinence is what will keep women from contracting HPV.
- Recently-unemployed bus driver Jesse Rau tries to cash in on his self-induced martyrdom by running for public office in the next federal election (any takers on how many votes he’ll get?).
- As we approach the Halloween season the Calgary Journal has an interview with a local paranormal ‘research’ group.
Welcome to the Legion of Reason, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less than critical world! In this, the 144th installment of our humble audio periodical, we bring you two interviews. In the first, Da Prez Kris and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, talk to screenwriter and author Chris Matheson about his new book taking a quirky and entertaining look at what it would be like to be God. Chris is best known for co-penning Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequel, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, and has recently published The Story of God: A Biblical Comedy about Love (and Hate). In the second, the incomparable Nate Phelps and I talk with Christian-apologist-turned-atheist John Loftus about his upcoming book giving advice to budding Christian apologists on how to go about defending their faith. John, a Master’s graduate in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and once ordained minister in the Church of Christ, apologetics and philosophy at various universities and after hitting the eject button on religion became a staunch voice for reason. In the aftermath of a crisis of faith he has written a number of books, beginning in 2008 with Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. This was followed by Why I Became an Atheist: Personal Reflections and Additional Arguments, The Outsider Test for Faith, an anthology titled The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, The End of Christianity and following a debate tour with Christian apologist Randal Rouser co-authored with Randal God or Godless. November will see the publication of his sixth book, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist.
Here is the 143rd episode presented by the Legion of Reason, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less-than-critical world! In this installment, we discuss an interview with University of Calgary professor Patrick Finn who tells us in his new book called Critical Condition that critical thinking needs more love. We rip him a new one. From there we move on to the recent spate of bullshit masquerading as religious freedom in the workplace, and finish off with a recent opinion piece by our friend Lawrence Krauss on why scientists the world over should be militant atheists.
In this, the 141th installment, “Da Prez” Kris, “Feisty” Twyla and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson, discuss how a Calgary bus driver plans to harsh the rainbow by refusing to do his job if his vehicle has any pride on it, a Nova Scotia gets his ass handed to him on a platter after complaining his right to freedom of religion was violated when he was prevented from preying on young minds with Christian literature, and an Edmonton mother was in court last week to fight for the right to treat her daughter’s intractable epilepsy.
We’re back! Yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Dr. Randy Tyson, has returned from Southern Africa with about 5,000 photos (you can view some of them here: http://photoshare.shaw.ca/messages/viewthumb/32588649018-1439234763-97448/gallery/page/1/15/), and Da Prez Kris and Feisty Twylla recount their experiences at TAM in Vegas. We delve into more Catholic nonsense involving bagels and anti-vaccine crapola in Africa, and the ongoing senate scandal in Canada is biblically justified according to the ex-chief of staff for the Prime Minister. And yet another secular blogger has been murdered in Bangladesh as calls for Dhaka’s Inspector General of Police for neglecting his duty grow.
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.