Episode 167 – Potpourri

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.

Episode 102 – Fred Phelps’ is Gone, Kevin Sorbo Sucks, Ken Ham Whines and a Book Review

Welcome to episode 102 of The Legion of Reason, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less-than-critical world! In this installment, Kris, Twylla, Haysn and I take a look at Answers in Genesis’ Ken Ham’s complaint that creationism isn’t getting equal time on the reboot of Cosmos (http://www NULL.rawstory NULL.com/rs/2014/03/21/creationists-demand-equal-airtime-on-neil-degrasse-tysons-cosmos-to-provide-balance/). Waaaaaaa! There has been a spate of movies based in Christianity lately. “Son of God” has been royally panned, “Noah” angered the faithful because it wasn’t historically accurate (irony!) and now “God’s Not Dead” (http://godsnotdeadthemovie NULL.com/) raises every pejorative atheist stereotype like a necromancer on Halloween to create two-dimensional characters that no one could care less about. We have a look into the mind of star Kevin Sorbo and his fear of us (http://www NULL.breathecast NULL.com/articles/god-s-not-dead-movie-cast-interview-former-hercules-actor-kevin-sorbo-14628/). And finally I give our first book review. In honor of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Cosmos I review the book, The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Cosmos-Astronomy-New-Millennium/dp/110768756X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395708562&sr=8-1&keywords=the+cosmos+astronomy+in+the+new+millennium). But first, Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps passed away last week (http://www NULL.huffingtonpost NULL.com/2014/03/20/fred-phelps-dead_n_5000577 NULL.html) the night before his estranged son Nate’s autobiographical talk titled “Leaving Hate Behind” (http://www NULL.youtube NULL.com/watch?v=gecHgApB48A) here in Calgary. We discuss the effect the WBC has had on the perception of the LGBT movement in a lively and entertaining discussion.