Episode 205 – Potpourri with guest co-host Shane Plesiuk

Long-time friend Shane Plesiuk joins us to talk about religion and atheism in Calgary’s gay community and share his thoughts on a number of stories in this episode of the Legion of Reason Diversion, including:

  • the despicable witch hunt of Bret Weinstein at so-called progressive Evergreen State College;
  • faux pas by comedienne Kathy Griffin and comedian Bill Maher;
  • Islamic apologist Linda Sarsour speaks at the commencement ceremony at CUNY;
  • Denmark abolishes its blasphemy law (ahem, Justin Trudeau…);
  • things women put in their vaginas;
  • and we finish with some thoughts on the London terror attacks.

Episode 158, Pt 3 – The Regressive Left, With Guests Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen

Welcome once again to the Legion of Reason, podcasting a critical eye on a sometimes less-than-critical world! In this, the 158th edition, Da Prez Kris, Feisty Twyla, the incomparable Nate Phelps and yours truly, the Supreme Irreverend Doctor Randy Tyson are joined by Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen as we play “complete the following” to the statement “You might be a regressive leftist when….” The term ‘regressive left’ was popularized by Maajid Nawaz to describe “well-meaning liberals and ideologically driven leftists” in Great Britain who naively and “ignorantly pandered to” Islamists and helped Islamist ideology to gain acceptance. But it goes further than this to invade seemingly every aspect of social justice and we’ll speak to each in turn.

This is the third and final act of our discussions of the regressive left. In parts one and two we spoke with Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen about the attempts of the regressive left to subvert traditional feminist ideals, along with attempts to stifle discussion of Islamism through accusations of Islamaphobia. In this part, we take on the topics of racism and cultural appropriation.

Episode 158, Pt 2 – The Regressive Left, With Guests Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen

In this, the 158th edition, Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen join us as we play “complete the following” to the statement “You might be a regressive leftist when….” The term ‘regressive left’ was popularized by Maajid Nawaz to describe “well-meaning liberals and ideologically driven leftists” in Great Britain who naively and “ignorantly pandered to” Islamists and helped Islamist ideology to gain acceptance. But it goes further than this to invade seemingly every aspect of social justice and we’ll speak of each in turn and why they are harmful.

In this chapter, we take on the forces attempting to subvert traditional feminist ideals.

Episode 158, Pt 1 – The Regressive Left, With Guests Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen

In this, the 158th edition, Melissa Chen and Alishba Zarmeen join us as we play “complete the following” to the statement “You might be a regressive leftist when….” The term ‘regressive left’ was popularized by Maajid Nawaz to describe “well-meaning liberals and ideologically driven leftists” in Great Britain who naively and “ignorantly pandered to” Islamists and helped Islamist ideology to gain acceptance. But it goes further than this to invade seemingly every aspect of social justice and we’ll speak of each in turn and why they are harmful.

Episode 120 – Wherein We Ponder, “Who is the ‘Beer Baron’ in Cardston?”

Later on in the podcast, Jesse Jackson claims racism is responsible for the death of the America’s first ebola patient (http://www NULL.washingtontimes NULL.com/news/2014/oct/9/jesse-jackson-dallas-lawmaker-blame-racism-for-ebo/); outrage over 12-year old being married off in Norway (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/world/the-truth-about-thea-norway-s-12-year-old-child-bride-1 NULL.2046750); Surrey, BC Pastarfarian runs for city council (http://www NULL.vancitybuzz NULL.com/2014/10/icbc-pastafarian-running-surrey-city-council/); the Supreme Court of Canada hears arguments for and against legalizing assisted suicide (http://news NULL.nationalpost NULL.com/2014/10/10/supreme-court-gathers-next-week-to-hear-arguments-for-and-against-doctor-assisted-death/); and the town of Cardston, AB votes to maintain its dry status (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/canada/cardston-alta-will-stay-dry-after-alcohol-ban-vote-1 NULL.2042626) and we speculate on whether it has a bowling alley and a “Beer Baron”. But first, the population of Canada is about to increase by one later this month as Malala Yousafzai will be made an honorary citizen (http://www NULL.ctvnews NULL.ca/politics/nobel-winner-malala-yousafzai-to-get-honorary-canadian-citizenship-this-month-1 NULL.2048705) of this country.

Episode 114 – Hail to the Chief!

In this instalment, recorded August 3, 2014, we take a look at the new Atheist TV (http://www NULL.atheists NULL.org/AtheistTV) presented by American Atheists; an Alberta Liberal MLA is making positive waves about ending government support of sectarian and elitist schools (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/news/Hehr+Private+schools+divide+pupils+wealth+religion/10063441/story NULL.html) in the province; more conundrums in medical ethics, this time a Calgary fertility clinic that has issues with women wanting “rainbow children” (http://www NULL.calgaryherald NULL.com/health/rainbow+families+Ethnic+donor+stipulation+fertility+centre+floors+local+woman/10063343/story NULL.html); the Texas medical board is yet again trying to get rid of Stanislaw Burzynski (http://www NULL.usatoday NULL.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/24/new-charges-for-burzynski/13111483/) and his unsubstantiated treatments; Richard Dawkins steps in it yet again (http://www NULL.cbc NULL.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/07/richard-dawkinss-rape-pedophelia-logic-tweets-ignite-twitter-storm NULL.html), this time on Twitter; and finally, Canada’s ambassador to the Vatican compares abortion to the horrific events that occurred on 9/11 (http://www NULL.theglobeandmail NULL.com/news/politics/harper-appoints-dennis-savoie-as-next-ambassador-to-holy-see/article19889661/). But first, congratulations are in order for one of our very own cohosts…