Welcome to the Legion of Reason Diversion, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less than critical world! In this, the 166th edition we see the greatest scientific minds in Canada tasked with answering one of the great questions of our time: Is broom technology destroying the game of curling? Who says blue-sky research isn’t useful? Catholic constitutional lawyers say the darnedest things! They’re so cute! And from the Regressive Left Files we have not one, but TWO portfolio folders. In the first we find Milo Yiannopoulos yet again at the center of controversy, this time at DePaul University in Chicago where Black Lives Matter protesters disrupt his talk as an invited speaker. The second contains the results of a recent poll on how students think speech that offends them should be dealt with. But before we get to those titillating topics, it’s convention season and we have to talk about Imagine No Religion in Vancouver last weekend and the American Humanist Association’s meeting in Chicago.
We have two interviews for you this episode, the first with American Atheist (http://atheists NULL.org/)‘s David Silverman (who joins us to talk about his new book Fighting God) and Bill Ligertwood joins us again to talk about this year’s Imagine No Religion (http://imaginenoreligion NULL.ca/) conference this May 20-22 in Vancouver, BC.
Bill Ligertwood joins us in this instalment to talk about the upcoming Imagine No Religion (http://imaginenoreligion NULL.ca/) conference in Kamloops on the May long weekend that most of us will be attending. Afterwards, we as Bill to stick around to help discuss a variety of topics that came up this past week, including calls in Australia to remove homeopathic products from pharmacies (http://www NULL.smh NULL.com NULL.au/national/health/call-to-get-homeopathic-remedies-off-pharmacy-shelves-20140419-36xlk NULL.html), the recent wedding of Nate Phelps to his fiancée Cindi, the upholding of charges against street preacher Artur Pawlowski (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/news/calgary/High+court+upholds+noise+traffic+convictions+street/9741095/story NULL.html) for violating city noise by-laws, the public funding of charter schools (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/news/canada/calgary/publicly-funded-school-with-anti-gay-policy-spurs-alberta-review-1 NULL.2610122) which violate human rights legislation under the guise of freedom of religion, and the strange compulsion of the media to ask the most irrelevant people for answers (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/news/calgary/Bringing+light+dark+night+Calgary+soul/9749934/story NULL.html) to horrific events just because they are religious authorities (http://www NULL.calgarysun NULL.com/2014/04/18/no-answers-bishop-says-of-deadly-stabbings-of-five-in-calgarys-worst-mass-murder). In this case, the recent mass murder of five university students at a quiet party here in Calgary.
It’s been a fantastic weekend. INR2 has just wrapped up with the last talk being given by keynote speaker Lawrence Krauss and I am getting some great interviews. Ever wanted to hear PZ Myers and Matt Dillahunty talking together? Later I’m interviewing The Thinking Atheist and tomorrow Maryam Namazie. Stay tuned!