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.
Welcome to Episode 80 of the Legion of Reason! This week Kris, Haysn and I talk on a number of subjects, including a study on the poor quality assurance of herbal supplements (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/health/herbal-product-contamination-considerable-dna-tests-find-1 NULL.1959278?cmp=fbtl) that may be a significant health risk to consumers, another nail in the coffin (which at this point is overkill) for liberation therapy treatment of multiple sclerosis in a new Canadian study published in The Lancet (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/health/no-link-between-narrowed-veins-and-ms-canadian-led-study-1 NULL.1489194), and a bill introduced in the Quebec National Assembly by the opposition as an alternative to the Parti Quebecois’ Charter of Values (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/montreal/qu%C3%A9bec-solidaire-proposes-unifying-secular-charter-1 NULL.1931400). But first, we discover two of Kris’ hot button issues. Later, you can hear Kris go on a tirade over the Harper government’s refusal to contribute to abortion access for victims of war rape (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/politics/canadian-money-won-t-go-to-abortion-for-war-rape-victims-paradis-1 NULL.1483803). But first, the Edmonton public school system has been bringing in an anti-choice group (http://www NULL.edmontonjournal NULL.com/news/Paula+Simons+Wait+Does+Christian+based+belong+public+schools/8999795/story NULL.html) – such groups being well-known to make up birth control and abortion risks – to teach children about abstinence as a choice in sex education classes. What the hell?
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