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: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.

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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: There is a right way to talk to teens about sex.


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There comes a time when this has to happen. If you are a parent, you have had this happen. The all important question, some kids ask you as a parent.

“Mom, Dad, where do babies come from?”

For someone younger, this is an easy answer. You can say, the stork, the mall, or something else simplistic.

However, there will be a time where this will not be easy. Why?

Because they will be teenagers.

And as you doubt are aware, being a teenager and the topic of sex is complex.

The  fact is 48% of teenagers will be sexually active before the age of 16. The other fact is that if they are NOT active, they are thinking about it. Because we at one time or another, we all think about sex.

So, from personal perspective , or if you are a parent of a teenager, is there a right way or a wrong way to deal with the topic of teenagers and sex? Is there any topic you should avoid with teenagers?

 

Agree or Disagree: Men need to talk more openly and honestly about sex


I’m sure the instant reaction from some is all men think about IS  sex.

However, this article from The Good Men Project asserts a different challenge. They challenge that perhaps men need to perhaps talk a  bit differently about sex. Perhaps there is something there within this article that can open that up?

Read article here. http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/can-men-tell-the-truth-about-sex/

Happy Anniversary: A reflection of 2 years of Agreeing or Disagreeing


I didn’t know what I was doing.

 I think it was a Friday. I was walking to the mall near my work for lunch.  At the time, it was my Friday tradition. I went to this place and ordered my lunch. She was a very friendly lady who knows what I want. I place my order, which follows with a payment. I’m fairly regular at this place and paid numerous times. But this time after I hit the Ok button on the debit machine, there was the next question.

 

Add Tip?

 

Add Tip? This is fast food. “What tip is worthy of this project?” I ask myself. It’s not like they are bringing this to the table. I will be carrying this to the table. Why should I give a tip? Does everyone get a tip?

 

I decided to take this to Facebook. Because Facebook has answers. Facebook is like Google, but different.  This is what I ask:

 

‘Agree or Disagree: You should give a tip for service’.

 

There was a bunch of comments. I was really surprised.

 

This is fun, I thought. Let’s try this again. I can’t remember the second topic, but I know I started it with an Agree or Disagree.

 

A bunch more comments.

 

I started doing this every day. People kept commenting.  People from different perspectives were talking to people they normally would not talk to. Usually, we are in our own bubbles with like-minded people. This was different. Christians from more of a conservative mindset, discussed with Liberals. And then others who would subscribe to something different or quite frankly didn’t care, chimed in. Often there were has been debates, discussions. But people started talking.

 

And still are.

 

That was two years ago. The truth is, I don’t have the exact date of when Agree or Disagree started, but in that time, there has been much that I have learned and observed from this process. I’d like to take the time to share about what I have observed.

 

For those who don’t know, I live in a city called Calgary. You probably are familiar with the Calgary Stampede. We have about a million people. It would be accurate to call this city a conservative city. Yes, there is money here. Generally, people are doing well. There aren’t a lot of waves to rock here. It’s comfortable. In my time specifically being involved in the Christian Community, I would generally say the Christianity mirrors the feeling of the city. Comfortable. However, I always think it’s good to look under the surface. There is what you see, and what you might miss if you look too quickly.

 

One of the first things I noticed is that I think that there are some real presumptions that many Christians have made about the “world” or the “secular”. The presumption at times is the “Non-Christians” have low morals or low values. Some Christians have went so far as to call them God-hating. I think from what I can see, these are dangerous presumptions. Having a faith or subscribing to a religion or not does not automatically assumes morals and values. It’s very clear that this is not the case.

 

At the same time, I think the same can be said by those who do not subscribe to a faith that those who do have not thought that their faith, values, and convictions through. You may not fully agree with some of the thoughts, but I think that generally there has been much thought and pondering on what they think. I can say that from the perspective, not just from the Christians, you read comments from. I have had a number of years of being involved with the church in Calgary, and I do think many have thought deeply about their view.

 

My experience with the church, particularly in Calgary, but in other places as well, leads to some comments I would like to make to Christians. I must admit part of this comes from a question that I was asked about my spiritual questions I have asked over time.

 

There is a real sense in Calgary that many Christians have readily accepted the teachings of the pulpit speaker without challenging or questioning. We have places that are very “hyped” with their worship. At times, it comes across like a cheerleading group that encourages people to be more happy than real. And what has followed is this has led to some accepting Bible messages or theories that are based on what everyone thinks. I have a practical example to share.

 

There was a service I was at a number of months ago where it appeared  that they were trying to grow limbs. How the speaker explained it was that most people had one part of their body shorter than the other.

After a long few minutes of his talk, he called people up to have this happen. Now maybe it’s my stand back nature, but this did not seem right to me. It was quite unsettling. Yet, they came up. Now I’m sure that someone felt that they had a miracle that night. I wouldn’t take that away. But in the back of my mind, I wondered how many people went up, because they wanted to be a part of the group. Or feel holy.

 

Yet, in the same breath, are the understated and the undercurrent of the church in Calgary. That is there has been some that have been deeply hurt by the church. And perhaps some have been hurt by people in a position of authority in the Church. When I say authority, I think of pastors, or spiritual leaders that some have felt they’ve taken advantage of their position. It has resulted in some deep hurt,resentment, and questions. It feels like people know, but are afraid to say it. They have sat in the pew, or have heard a message. Something tells them it isn’t right. But there was a fear to challenge. But you can feel the move of change where that fear of feeling “right” is moving to question whether it is.

 And this has moved the conversation to a place where people can be open. Find people who think the same way as they do.

 And I’m sensing it’s not only happening with the post, but it seems to be going forward. I’m hoping people are actually sitting down and talking with their friends and family. Maybe you won’t comment on this, but you will talk with them about what you think of this.

 I would like to just end this by saying Thank you. Whether you only read this once and said this wasn’t your cup of coffee. Or you pop in every once in a while. Or you are eagerly awaiting whatever I’m going to post. I want to say thank you for the time you have taken to read. It truly is humbling and surprising in many ways, that people read this.

Agree or Disagree: You would date someone with a diagnosed mental condition.


There is many things we discuss in terms of dating, but it is rare that we discuss this. It actually might come up more then we think. According to the WTO,over a third of people in most countries report problems at some time in their life which meet criteria for diagnosis of one or more of the common types of mental disorder.

There has been more open discussion about mental illness and the issues that come with it. But, what if you knew that someone you dated had a diagnosed mental condition? What would you do? And what would you not?

Agree or Disagree: The message of Premarital Abstinence has caused some unfair expectations.


My friend Kristine Kruszelnicki, who blogs as the Dead Again Agnostic can create some great conversation on Facebook.  One of her latest status on Facebook was this.

“Premarital abstinence is unfair a demand in a time when both the secular and christian cultures argue for delayed marriage, and when girls choosing marriage and abstinence until marriage are more unlikely to get married than at any previous time in history. Today’s marriage hopefuls are more likely to wind up like burlesque dancer Pam Shaw, a 70 year old virgin still hoping for marriage, long after having missed her sexual and fertile prime. That’s an unfair return for an investment of sacrifice and virtue.”

This comment has yielded, as of this writing, 103 comments. 

Now, the message of “waiting until marriage” has generally come from a Church pulpit. Many religions have taught and gave assurance that if you wait until you are married, you are honouring God. And because you have honoured God, then your marriage will be blessed by God. 

So in other words it sounds to some like, “If you do this, then God will…”

And while some have done it, and can attest to it being true, it’s not everyone. Some couples in the church have wanted to wait, but couldn’t and have caused some guilt issues. Some singles in the church have not waited. 

As much as the Church will continue to promote and defend Premarital Abstinence, there seems to be some things that are not. So, what are your thoughts on the message of Abstinence?