Episode 108 – Upcoming Vatican Reaffirmation of Dogma, Liver and Herbs, Rob Schneider Remains Unfunny

This is the last episode before we pack up and head off to Imagine No Religion (http://imaginenoreligion NULL.ca/) in Kamloops sans Haysn, who will be at Women in Secularism (http://www NULL.womeninsecularism NULL.org/) down south. So we’ll have a lot to report in the next instalment. But first things first. In this episode we discuss an upcoming debate in the Vatica (http://www NULL.latimes NULL.com/world/europe/la-fg-vatican-family-20140430-story NULL.html#page=1)n on its teachings on divorce, birth control and same-sex marriage. Will Randy have to cough up a bottle of whiskey to Kris? The use of herbs is increasingly becoming a major cause of liver damage (http://www NULL.medpagetoday NULL.com/MeetingCoverage/AASLD/42744) according to medical experts. But first, more anti-vaccine nonsense from naturopaths and chiropractors, with Rob Schneider lending his voice to a video (http://www NULL.huffingtonpost NULL.ca/2014/05/02/measles-alberta-naturopaths-anti-vaccine_n_5150252 NULL.html) going around on their websites. Yes, the comedian who brought you such fine films as Deuce Bigalow and The Animal is selling anti-vaccine crap, which is about as funny as his comedy.

Episode 103 – Homeopathy Horror Story and Other Bedtime Tales

In this instalment of The Legion of Reason, we discuss a freedom of speech issue where someone who, while we vehemently disagree with, feel has had his rights violated by a local university (http://www2 NULL.canada NULL.com/calgaryherald/news/opinion/story NULL.html?id=4fc1828a-9562-4426-9746-7c533c2e367b), more anti-vaccination nonsense in BC (http://bc NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/b-c-vaccination-rates-drop-amid-misinformation-campaign-1 NULL.1744379) that’s contributing to the current outbreak of measles in that province, the city of Saskatoon is taking a closer look at how untaxed churches are using their property (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/saskatoon-churches-coming-under-tax-review-microscope-1 NULL.2584022) to generate income, a couple (http://www NULL.patheos NULL.com/blogs/camelswithhammers/2014/03/a-philosophy-professor-analyzes-gods-not-deads-case-for-god/) of stories (http://www NULL.rawstory NULL.com/rs/2014/03/26/nj-bank-wont-notarize-american-atheist-documents-for-personal-reasons/) that maybe Kevin Sorbo should read before saying how nice the religious are compared to us atheists, and finally someone who yearns for the good ol’ days (http://www NULL.examiner NULL.com/article/tristan-emmanuel-bill-maher-should-be-publicly-whipped-for-blasephemy) where free speech against God should be met with torture rather than itself met with free speech. But first – horror of horrors! – homeopathic remedies are being recalled (http://www NULL.independent NULL.co NULL.uk/news/world/americas/homeopathy-product-recalled-over-fears-it-may-contain-actual-medicine-9217206 NULL.html) because they might have bioactive compounds in them that aren’t diluted into oblivion.

Episode 101 – The Coda of Fred Phelps Opus, Jewish Band on the Run, Pastoral Contribution to Measles Outbreaks, Contemplating Cosmos

In this instalment, we discuss one of the primary reasons for a recent outbreak of measles in the Fraser Valley (http://www NULL.vancouversun NULL.com/touch/news/metro/Chilliwack+pastor+tells+congregation+vaccines+interfere+with/9620133/story NULL.html?rel=813152) of beautiful British Columbia, the attempts by the ultra-fundamentalist Jewish community called Lev Tahor (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/fifth/episodes/2012-2013/rabbi-of-the-pure-hearts-inside-lev-tahor) to play a game of keep away with government child protection services and of course the requisite talk about Seth McFarlane and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s reboot of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (http://www NULL.cosmosontv NULL.com/). But first we learned of something making the rounds of the atheist movement (http://www NULL.thestar NULL.com/news/world/2014/03/16/antigay_westboro_baptist_church_founder_fred_phelps_on_the_edge_of_death NULL.html) that greatly affects a good friend of ours, Nate Phelps (http://natephelps NULL.com/).

Episode 69 – Rex Murphy’s Whiny Screed

It is indeed episode 69, recorded July 28, 2013. Later on in the podcast we take a look at Canadian radio and television personality Rex Murphy’s take on secular chaplaincy in the US military (http://fullcomment NULL.nationalpost NULL.com/2013/07/27/rex-murphy-the-angry-athiest/), demonstrating a disgusting level of anti-atheist bigotry in a whiny attempt at preserving an aspect of religious privilege that the religious shouldn’t have in the first place. Particularly astounding is the claim that human rights are god-given! We also take a look at a credulous article describing a blessing for those in need of healing that took place last week at Alberta’s very own Lourdes, Lac Ste. Anne (http://www NULL.edmontonjournal NULL.com/life/Mystical+Alberta+lake+draws+people+from+around+world/8689489/story NULL.html). We also have a look at a new study taking advantage of the difference between the availability of the HPV vaccine in Calgary public and Catholic schools (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/health/Girls+poor+neighbourhoods+less+likely+vaccine+public+clinics+study+finds/8689629/story NULL.html) which demonstrate a socioeconomic effect of vaccination rates. First, though, we look at the recent outbreaks of measles in several Canadian provinces (http://calgary NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/measles-show-up-in-several-provinces-1 NULL.1370949). Is there a lower form of life than the anti-vaccination crowd?

Episode 35 – Bad anti-Islamic films, more anti-vaxxer nonsense and atheist Gideons, oh my!

Hello once again Legionnaires! I’ve finally caught up on episode release. Yay! But we did have some Skype issues and you’ll know where it happens. We use Skype for communicating, but we record our own feeds and I use a Skype recording as a backup and to align audio. But on Monday night the intertubes were apparently a bit clogged. Anyway, we look at an Ontario couple trying to get atheist literature distributed in a school (http://cnews NULL.canoe NULL.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2012/08/28/20150556 NULL.html) in a very Gideon-like fashion and Twylla gets fiesty over anti-vaxxer Mary Tocco (http://www NULL.bionutritionalcare NULL.com/?page_id=389) peddling misinformation in Red Deer (http://revitalize NULL.myavena NULL.com/). First, though, we discuss that abysmal anti-Muslim film (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=MAiOEV0v2RM), the violent response in Islamic countries (http://www NULL.guardian NULL.co NULL.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2012/sep/19/anti-islam-film-protests?newsfeed=true) and local imam Syed Soharwardy’s take (http://www NULL.calgarysun NULL.com/2012/09/14/calgary-muslims-plan-saturday-protest-at-city-hall) on it.

Episode 8 – Interview with cosmologist Lawrence Krauss

Another week, another episode. Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss was in town last Thursday evening to give us a glimpse of the current state of answering the ultimate origin question, “How did the universe begin?” We interview Professor Krauss and get his views on secularism and critical thinking in the pubic arena and how best to instill the value of science in school children. We also visit yet again the anti-vaccination claims presented to inquiring parents by representatives of Xerion Homoeopathie in another episode of the “As My Stomach Turned…” saga. Enjoy!

Okay, the last podcast episode was actually number 4, but I promise this one really is number 5!

In the fifth episode of the Legion of Reason, Christine, Twylla, Haysn and Randy look at the recent Shafia “honor killing” guilty verdict and violence that can erupt when values clash. On January 29, in a trial that has received international attention, Afghan immigrants Mohammad Shafia, his wife Tooba Yahya and their son Hamed were convicted of the first-degree murder of Mohammed’s three daughters (Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13) along with his other wife Rona Amir Mohammad. The victims’ bodies were found in a car at the bottom of a Kingston Mills, Ontario canal lock. The motive for the killing was the daughters’ unwillingness to kowtow to being the chattel that their religion and former culture says they must be. Yeah, having boyfriends and wearing clothing that might make them attractive is such an awful thing. Taped conversations between the family members was the nail in their coffins, as the daughters were referred to as “treacherous” and “whores”, and said to Tooba, “I say to myself, ‘You did well. Would they come back to life a hundred time, for you to do the same again.’ That is how hurt I am. Tooba they betrayed us immensely.” The only betrayal and dishonor is the actions of these criminal scum.

We also continue our adventure in anti-vaxx land, looking at how the anti-vaccination community views additives to vaccines that are not only safe, but actually increase their effectiveness.