Radio Freethinker

Vancouver's Number 1 Skeptical Podcast and Radio Show

Show notes for Episode 152

Posted by Ethan Clow on February 9, 2012

Radio Freethinker Episode 152 – Mystery Atheist in Vancouver, Is gender selection wrong? Secrets of Mona Lisa revealed? Men Try to impress Women and Canadian Imams issue fatwa against honor killings

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Skeptical News:


Canadian imams issue fatwa against honor killings

Skeptical Highlights:

Richard Heinberg Opening Lecture

Theatre 5 (Room A130) Langara College

Friday February 10th  5 – 7 pm

Richard Heinberg is one of the world’s most effective exponents of the urgent need to move away from fossil fuels and towards a post-growth economy. Author of 10 books, including 2010′s The End of Growth, his wry, unflinching approach addresses challenges such as climate change, peak oil, economic instability, and food insecurity.

Gwynne Dyer: The New Middle East

February 8, 2012 | 7-9 PM

Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema SFU downtown, 149 West Hastings Street.

Tickets $10

Non-violent democratic revolutions are sweeping through the Arab World, until now one of the last strongholds of tyranny and poverty. They are a great advance for liberty, but they don’t solve the problem of poverty – and they may open the door to power to Islamist movements.

There are fears oil embargo, which did not happen after the Iranian revolution; fears of Al quida terrorism, which is unlikely as these revolutions are a massive, probably decisive popular rejection of the violent, extremist ideology known as “Islamism”.  Al-Qaeda and its Islamist allies have been trying to trigger revolutions against the existing Arab regimes for three decades, with absolutely no success. Now the revolutions are happening, but with no Islamist involvement whatever.

If people choose to elect Islamic (NOT Islamist) parties to power afterwards, that is no cause for panic. We should be no more frightened of Muslim Democratic parties (like the none that has won three successive elections and governed Turkey for the past ten years) than we are of Christian Democratic parties.

These new democracies may start representing the views and opinions of their people and not be parrots of American foreign policy which will put pressure on Israel to deal effectively with Palestine.

This shift in Arab strategy, though it does not involve military action, would be a long-term existential threat to the current Jewish state of Israel. These revolutions, by removing regimes that conformed to American policy rather than the views of their own population, are revealing the reality of Israel’s strategic situation in the region. But they also create an opportunity, perhaps a last opportunity, for a realistic Israeli government to negotiate a “two-state solution” that could win the support of the new Arab regimes.

African Americans For Humanism

The need for critical thinking skills and a humanistic outlook in our world is great. This is no less true in the Black community than in others. Many African Americans have been engulfed by religious irrationality, conned by self-serving “faith healers”, and swayed by dogmatic revisionist historians. Many others, however, have escaped the oppression of such delusions, and live happy and upstanding lives free of superstition. African Americans for Humanism (AAH) exists to bring these secular humanists together, to provide a forum for communication, and to facilitate coordinated action. In an irrational world, those who stand for reason must stand together.

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