Episode 100 – Avec Jake Farr-Wharton!

Welcome to episode 100 of the Legion of Reason, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less-than-critical world. We have with us to help celebrate the 100th installment is Jake Farr-Wharton, host of the very entertaining Imaginary Friends Show (http://imaginaryfriendsshow NULL.com/) and author of Letters To Christian Leaders: Hollow Be Thy Claims (http://www NULL.amazon NULL.ca/Letters-Christian-Leaders-Hollow-Claims/dp/0956427642). Bryce, Christine and I talk with Jake on how he came to atheism and to engage with the atheist world through his podcasting, and Jake sticks around to discuss various subjects du jour. Faisal Al-Mutar joins us later on in the podcast as well. I had my own small victory in the fight against pseuodoscience when I noticed an ad for a dubious pain relief product with what looked to be an endorsement by Health Canada. Health Canada was not amused. Bryce shares with us a sad story of credulity and the real harm that pseudoscience can inflict. And finally, the Pope came out defending the Vatican over the child abuse scandal (http://www NULL.corriere NULL.it/cronache/14_marzo_04/vi-racconto-mio-primo-anno-papa-90f8a1c4-a3eb-11e3-b352-9ec6f8a34ecc NULL.shtml), saying that because molestation occurs in other places people shouldn’t be criticizing them over it. Seriously.

Extra credit reading: Victor Stenger’s piece on debating creationists (http://m NULL.huffpost NULL.com/us/entry/4876997).

Episode 47 – “Pope”-pourri

Welcome to 2013, Legionarries! This episode was recorded before Christmas, but with the holiday break and a death in the family it has taken me some time to edit and release it, and I apologize for that. Haysn, Twylla and I discussed a number of topics including Andrew Wakefield winning a dubious award (http://goodthinkingsociety NULL.org/projects/golden-duck/420-2/), a supreme court of canada ruling on what to do when cultures clash in the courtroom (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/canada/niqab-in-court-ok-in-some-cases-supreme-court-1 NULL.1086463), more paedophile clergy in Canada (http://www NULL.globalmontreal NULL.com/montreal+deacon+facing+child+porn+charges+worked+with+kids+before+arrest+parishioner/6442780133/story NULL.html). But first, the Pope is the gift that keeps on giving, saying yet more idiotic profundities. He’s back on the anti-gay marriage bandwagon (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/world/pope-takes-anti-gay-marriage-stance-to-new-level-1 NULL.1087877) after blessing a Ugandan parliamentarian who pushed anti-gay laws (http://global NULL.christianpost NULL.com/news/pope-blesses-ugandan-supporter-of-anti-homosexuality-bill-86667/) there (but, no! The pope does not ‘bless’ anti-gay laws themselves… (http://cvcomment NULL.org/2013/01/04/the-pope-does-not-bless-anti-gay-laws-he-seeks-to-lift-them/) BULLSHIT!) At least he has the cajones to tell his flock in a new book – titled “Jesus of Nazareth — The Infancy Narratives” and presumably NOT written in Latin – that much of the Christmas tradition is not based in fact (http://www NULL.cnn NULL.com/2012/11/22/world/europe/vatican-pope-jesus-book/index NULL.html). He tells them things like Jesus not really being born on the 25th, and such, but the whole virgin birth thing? No problem!

What a yutz.