Episode 72 – Shame on Windsor City Council

Welcome to episode 72 of the Legion of Reason podcast, recorded August 18, 2013! I found co-host of the Freethinking Island podcast David Ince floating idly around the Caribbean internets and he joined Kris, Haysn and me from Barbados to discuss how things are going down in the Islands and the formation of the Caribbean Secular Alliance. The Christian flag is being raised this week over Windsor city hall (http://canadianatheist NULL.com/2013/08/08/warning-blanket-alert/) in a blatant violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We discuss the history of the ‘official’ Christian flag and some potential strategies to counter this blatant example of the flexing of Christian privilege muscle.

EDIT: At the time we were unaware that Windsor city council decided to rescind the decision to allow the Christian flag to be flown at city hall (http://canadianatheist NULL.com/2013/08/09/update-on-warning-blanket-alert/). But to even have considered this proposal without summarily dismissing it as a sending the message of endorsing a single religion gives me a mixed feeling of congratulations and “what the hell?” Mostly the latter. I find it difficult to congratulate people on backing away from something that should never have been done in the first place, but something positive should be said. Score another one for secularism! Props out to Canadian Atheist (http://canadianatheist NULL.com/) for following this!

Episode 61 – More Potpourri…

This week Kris, Twylla, Haysn (who we lose to a power outtage) and I look at a casual reference to an example of Christian privilege as it relates to losing one’s job after 40 (http://www NULL.canada NULL.com/business/Good+choices+make+loss+easier/8277955/story NULL.html) (thanks to my wife for that one), a paper published in the Canadian Medical Associaton Journal (http://www NULL.cmaj NULL.ca/content/early/2013/04/29/cmaj NULL.120567) which uses a tactic taken from the marketing manual from Big Pharma that tries to sell naturopathy in addition to seeing a real medical practitioner, and answer a comment from our website. But first, we debrief everyone on a couple of CFI Calgary events that happened this week: George Hrab’s appearance and a protest against oppression of atheists in Bangladesh (http://www NULL.washingtonpost NULL.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/06/atheists-must-be-hanged-raw-video-from-islamist-street-clashes-in-bangladesh/) exercising freedom of speech, for which 20 people came out in support.