Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Edmonton Sex Ed Controversy-Part 1 Click here http://www.spreaker.com/user/7021827/the-edmonton-sex-ed-controversy


 

This is Part 1 of our topic covering the controversy surrounding the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre and the Edmonton Public School Board.

Steven Britton and I interview Luke Fevin from the APUPIL ( Albertans Society for Unbiased Pupil Learning). He is also a member of the Edmonton Society of Atheists. SEA has been mentioned in the article of response from the Pregnancy Centre.

 

Topics include

-What is APUPIL?

-What specifically is the complaint and the context of it?

-Concerns around the Pregnancy Centre’s Content

-How should religion be handled in public schools?

-Pregnancy Centre response including a letter from a supporter

-Who is the Society of Edmonton Atheists?

-Is there a connection with SEA and Paula Simons and the Dawson Family?

-What should we be teaching kids in sex ed?

This is Part 1 of our conversation. We do hope to get a response from the Pregnancy Centre.

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Agree or Disagree: Humanity is Sacred.


From time to time, I get requests on topics we should discuss on Agree or Disagree. This is one of those times.

This topic comes from Marty. He contributes from time to time. Him and I go back a few years. Actually, maybe more than a few years. He always provides humour and intelligence whenever he contributes.

He ask the question if Humanity is Sacred?

As a reminder from other guest posts, remember to keep on topic.Do not attack anyone personally, and of course we thank Marty for contributing.

 

Here are his thoughts for you to consider.

 

Is Humanity Sacred?

That’s the question…..

 

There are several reasons I’m curious about the varied perspectives that there must be on this topic.

We live in a society that heavily values personal freedoms and individual rights; those things are often described as “constitutional”. So in the human construct of government and “The people” we have determined that we are entitled to a basic standard of living. We also sometimes make those types of decisions for those who can’t speak for themselves (ie:animals, the environment etc.)

Often these decisions are made by representative groups or individuals whose position affords them the right to do so.That said, we acknowledge not all other species should by our laws.We have laws about theft, murder,ethics,standards of food production, where and it’s ok to be naked……and so on.But we have no trouble with the idea that other species do what they please so long as those decisions don’t adversely affect our lives.

In the end, decisions made about how we and (to a degree) other life forms live,form laws,how we eat, where we poop, when we sleep and what to do with our remains after we die made by humans.

So does that merely mean that we just happen to be the only ones in a position to do so? Or is Humanity somehow sacred? Since sacredness defined is “Connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration”, and our society is increasingly moving into the post-religious, what then, from the perspective of atheists and religious alike, does that mean for humanity?

If Human life is “Sacred”; why? And if it’s not “Sacred” ….what are we?

What makes human life so important?

 

Agree or Disagree:The Podcast-A preview of Upcoming Podcasts


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A preview of upcoming Podcasts. Topics include

 

The Liknes/O’Brien case and the impacts going forward.

The Controversy between the Edmonton Public School Board and the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre.

How easy is it to date in Calgary?

An early look at the Mayoral Race in Toronto.

A new segment called Who’s Wins The Internet?
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Agree or Disagree: Being in Love is not Enough


I think it is fair to say that we have all been in love.

Some of you still are in love. You met your Mr or Mrs Right and you are currently living your “happily ever after”.

But some of you were also in love. But,for whatever reason that is, it didn’t work out. Were you in love? Yes! Did you need more? Yes!

Mark Manson argues in this post that sometimes Love is not Enough.

http://markmanson.net/love

Do you Agree or Disagree?

Agree or Disagree: With more school choices, both taxpayers and students win.


There was an interesting perspective on this topic written in the Calgary Herald.

I’ll let you read it. It’s written by Mckenzie Hahn from Faith Beyond Belief.

She believes that more school options are beneficial for taxpayers and students.

You can read that here http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Hahn+Taxpayers+students+with+school+choice/10008477/story.html

Do you Agree or Disagree?

Agree or Disagree: CASL, new anti-spam law, punishes charities


http://beaconnews.ca/blog/2014/07/casl-new-anti-spam-law-punishes-charities/

It has been one week since the anti-spam CASL has been in effect.

Before the law was implemented,I went to a couple of information sessions on this. I can tell you from what I saw , there was a lot of confusion about CASL.

And there still is.

In the above column from Beacon News, Derrick James argues that this law is punishing charities.

I’ll let you read and then ask you what you think.

Agree or Disagree:The Podcast-An Early look at the #pcldr race.


 

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Click on the Link above to listen to Steven Britton and I take an early look at the Alberta PC Leader race and some of the stories around it. Topics include,

Alison Redford’s impact and what the PCS should be looking for.

Ric McIver and the decision to participate at The March for Jesus. As well as the impact of it.

Jim Prentice’s rather rough start to the campaign.

Thomas Lukaszuk solid campaign start.

A look at the Wildrose, NDP, and Alberta Party. As well as call out to the Alberta Liberal Party. Do they exist?

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Agree or Disagree: Animal Rights Activists are educated on the Rangeland Derby


http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/protesters-charged-with-public-mischief-after-disrupting-calgary-stampede-s-rangeland-derby-1.1900431

We start with the above video.

It’s an annual discussion over the Calgary Stampede.

It’s also an annual event during the Calgary Stampede.

Every year, there is an Animal Rights Group, in this case the Vancouver Animal Defence League, that protests the Chuckwagon Races at the Stampede. This time two actually handcuffed themselves to the race track delaying the start of the races.

For your information, here is the website to the Vancouver Animal Defence League.  www.vancouveranimaldefenceleague.com

At the end of the video, you will hear from two of the participants of the race, Jason Glass and Kurt Bensmillier. They also make an interesting point.

They ask two questions. The first one is from Glass asking people like the Vancouver Animal Defence League.

“Come to our place and see how we care for the horses.”

The second one is from Bensmillier.

“How does delaying a race until dark safe for the animals?”

I do think these are fair questions. Particularly since this group did this for the “safety of the animals”.

What do you think? Does it seem these Animal Rights Activists groups are educated on the Rangeland Derby? Or, does it seem like a publicity stunt? 

Agree or Disagree:The Podcast-The Hobby Lobby decision.


 

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Click above to the latest Agree or Disagree:The Podcast as we review the week involving the Hobby Lobby decision.

My guest is John. He is from California and has been following American Politics for some time. He also works in the pharmaceutical industry. We discuss the decision and the impact around it.

Topics include.

The Hobby Lobby decision.
A similar decision in the 1990′s involving the Payote decision.
What exactly are the medications involved in this decision? What are they used for?
Who are the Supreme Court judges?
What does Hobby Lobby mean when they live by Christian principles? What do companies mean when they live by Christian principles?
The impact of the decision going forward. Including a decision involving Wheaton College.
You can read that here.
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/supreme-court-birth-control-wheaton-college-108567.html
What is going on with the Christian Right and the Republican Party? We also give a historical perspective?

John does not have a Twitter account. However he introduces us to a Craft Beer project he is involved in.

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Agree or Disagree: The Calgary Stampede is good value for it’s money


You may or may not be aware but this, but the Calgary Stampede begins this weekend.

The reality is that the Calgary Stampede is the identity of Calgary.  It’s the biggest event of the year and the City invests in it. Physically, mentally, and emotionally.

People around the world will travel around the world to come to the Stampede. And it will attract well over one million people. It’s an economic boon for the City of Calgary.

However, I’m getting a sense there is some people tired of the Stampede. They are tired of the crowds and the behaviour of some. But, most of all, they are tired of the prices of…..everything. 

The moment you decide to go to Stampede, the reality is you can spend over $100-$200. Easily. That’s a lot to ask for many.

 

Do you think the Calgary Stampede is good value for it’s money?