Episode 184 – Potpourri

Catholic Watch

Ugly baby Jesus head (https://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/world/2016/oct/20/canada-baby-jesus-head-statue-church-restoration?CMP=share_btn_fb)

Sex offender running for CSB in Saskatoon (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/convicted-sex-offender-denis-hall-running-catholic-school-board-1 NULL.3808197)

Shhhhh! Don’t tell them about the internet! (http://edmontonjournal NULL.com/news/local-news/edmonton-catholic-school-trustees-want-broadcasters-to-stop-offering-pornographic-content)

Islam Watch

NY Times Op-ed – Don’t blame Wahhabism for terrorism (http://www NULL.nytimes NULL.com/2016/10/20/opinion/dont-blame-wahhabism-for-terrorism NULL.html?_r=0)

Ipso criticisized for not fighting hate speech for criticism of the hijab (https://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/media/2016/oct/20/channel-4-hijab-ruling-muslims-open-season-press-regulator-fatima-manji-kelvin-mackenzie)

Skepticism

Chiropractor kills Playboy model (http://www NULL.cbsnews NULL.com/news/playboy-model-katie-may-dead-neck-manipulation-chiropractor-coroner/)

Regressive Left Files

Seriously, camo paint is NOT “blackface” (http://www NULL.telegraph NULL.co NULL.uk/news/2016/10/19/british-army-under-fire-for-racist-tweet-that-showed-a-soldier-w/)

Male privilege to become part of Aussie school curriculum (http://www NULL.theaustralian NULL.com NULL.au/national-affairs/education/lessons-on-male-privilege-in-218m-victorian-schools-program/news-story/acea77bcd12cd6c3885c97b2be9fca47)

Halloween isn’t just scary, it’s offensive!
Part 1 (http://gatortimes NULL.ufl NULL.edu/2016/10/10/halloween-costume-choices-4/)
Part 2 (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/regina-activists-place-warning-labels-stereotypical-indigenous-halloween-costumes-1 NULL.3808702)

But orgasm privilege! (https://heatst NULL.com/world/feminist-writer-says-we-need-to-put-an-end-to-orgasm-privilege/)
Great-granny to docs: Please don’t kill me! (http://globalnews NULL.ca/news/2973423/great-granny-gets-inked-to-avoid-doctor-assisted-death/)

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 105 – When Michael Enright Misspells “The Public Good”

In this, the 105th instalment, Twylla, Kris, Haysn and I discuss a decision by the Alberta government to not pass legislation mandating the formation gay-straight alliances (http://www NULL.theglobeandmail NULL.com/news/national/gay-straight-alliance-bill-for-schools-voted-down-in-alberta/article17871798/) should students wish it, the consequences of provincial governments that do not value reproductive rights manifest themselves in the closing of the last private abortion clinic in the Maritime (http://www NULL.theglobeandmail NULL.com/news/national/frederictons-morgentaler-abortion-clinic-closes-citing-public-funding-gap/article17912762/)s; more on the bigotry convention in Weyburn (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/peter-labarbera-anti-gay-u-s-activist-allowed-into-canada-1 NULL.2606727), Saskatchewan; why homeopaths shouldn’t promote homeopathy awareness week; (http://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/science/2014/apr/11/world-homeopathy-awareness-week-homeopathic-preparations) and chiropractors in Calgary have a new toy (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/life/Electrotherapy+treatment+used+speed+healing+process/9722949/story NULL.html) – they don’t just want to ‘manipulate’ your spine anymore, they want to zap you with electricity. But first, Michael Enright hosted a CBC town hall discussion on religion in the public sphere (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/thesundayedition/2014/04/08/the-public-god---a-sunday-edition-public-forum/). We have our own take on the questions posed to the panel.

Episode 81 – The Galapagos Report

It’s my first Sunday back from the Galapagos Islands which means we’re back in the saddle for another episode of the Legion of Reason. Kris, Haysn and I take a look at a Calgary chiropractor that thinks spinal manipulation can help with recovering from brain trauma (http://globenewswire NULL.com/news-release/2013/11/03/586041/10055064/en/Calgary-Chiropractor-Concentrates-on-Concussion-Therapy-for-Sports-Injury-Patients NULL.html), Naomi Lakritz’s shatters my irony meter by decrying stereotypes about women and children while propagating a false one with respect to us atheists (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/opinion/columnists/Lakritz+stereotypes+many+about+women+children/9093593/story NULL.html), and – while way outside our mission statement, but far too delicious to ignore – we discuss the self-destructing mayor of Toronto Rob Ford (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/canada/rob-ford-apologizes-to-toronto-says-he-s-made-mistakes-1 NULL.1526006). We also present the first installment of what I hope will be a series of monologues on rhetoric by Kris. But before we get to all that, I talk about my recent experiences south of the equator and my quest for the Panama hat.

Episode 62 – More Potpourri…

Twylla, Haysn and I have another discussion on Jamy Ian Swiss’ narrow definition of skepticism (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=iyLULErf_6E). How can anyone forget Carl Sagan’s parable (http://rationalwiki NULL.org/wiki/The_Dragon_in_My_Garage) of the fire-breathing dragon living in the garage? Sorry Jamy, any version of skepticism that serves to legitimize the burden of proof fallacy isn’t our idea of skepticism. Alberta Health announces a return to funding chiropractic treatment (http://www NULL.nationalpost NULL.com/m/wp/news/blog NULL.html?b=news NULL.nationalpost NULL.com%2F2012%2F06%2F06%2Falberta-to-revive-controversial-chiropractic-treatment-subsidies-for-seniors), at least for seniors. We also speculate on the potential consequences between Health Canada’s licensing of untested homeopathic vaccine substitutes (http://www NULL.bcmj NULL.org/council-health-promotion/health-canada-licenses-homeopathic-vaccines) (nosodes) and Ottawa public school boards’ decision to suspend students without proof of vaccination (http://www NULL.nationalpost NULL.com/m/wp/news/canada/blog NULL.html?b=news NULL.nationalpost NULL.com%2F2013%2F05%2F03%2Fna0504-th-vaccines). But first we talk about the increasing numbers of nonbelievers in Canada (http://www NULL.torontosun NULL.com/2013/05/08/2011-census-nearly-one-in-five-canadians-are-visible-minorities-statscan-reports) as shown in the latest census and evidence that the number of practicing Catholics in Calgary is decreasing (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/life/Calgary+Roman+Catholic+churches+merge/8367713/story NULL.html).