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Episode 122 – Yes, let’s talk about so called “Religious Freedom”

00:28 No surprises for guessing that we kick off with a discussion over the result of the marriage equality survey. Interestingly, the No vote was strongest in the western suburbs of Sydney that feature a large immigrant population. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:31:53

Episode 121 – Want something banned in Qld? – Get Palaszczuk’s boyfriend to lobby for it.

1:14 It seems that there is legislation to allow at least one person to sue politicians who have fallen foul of the citizenship requirements. A man from Wagga Wagga is showing us how it is done. 7:05 Australian attitudes to private schools are like American attitudes to gun control. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:26:45

Episode 120 – A bad week for Malcolm

Malcolm Turnbull has had a bad week and we start off by looking at the citizenship fiasco and his poor political skills. When the issue arose he should have told the members in question to stand down while waiting for the High Court to resolve the matter. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:54:29

Episode 119 – Keating swims in the swill and our systems encourage Fake News

We have banged on about marriage equality for months. This episode will be a marriage equality free zone. We start off with the assisted dying debate and the fact that the debate is not happening in Queensland despite the recent Labor conference passing a motion in favour of introducing voluntary euthanasia laws. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:14:29

Episode 118 – The Pots are calling The Kettles Black

2:10 We start with the extraordinary homily from Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher in which he advised Governments that they should, in general, keep out of the friendship business and out of the bedroom. In an extraordinary display of self-control he managed to say this with a straight face. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:20:29

Episode 117 – What were we saying back in October 2016?

Highlights from October 2016 2:45 Exorcisms and Islam’s view of The Devil and 5 things prophets have in common. 5:49 Embryos and medical research and how ISIS is more progressive than the Catholics 8:52 Scary Clowns, …Read more ›

Duration: 01:36:50

Episode 116 – Guns, Freedom and … Sodomites

01:06 The Fist and The 12th Man discuss the shooting in Las Vegas and refer you to the Bill before Congress called the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act. This diabolical piece of legislation proposes to allow US citizens to purchase silencers without background checks and forces the government to destroy records of transactions regarding silencers. …Read more ›

Duration: 02:03:23

Episode 115 – 27 September 2017

2:31 In this episode of the podcast, we note that Tim Nicholls arrived at the correct answer on marriage equality but he scores no marks for his calculations. In our view, deciding the marriage equality question based on St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians is poor practice for a State Opposition Leader. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:03:06

Episode 114 – The Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Fist talks to Tanya, the Captain of the Australian chapter of The Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster. Links: Malcolm Turnbull defends right of church to refuse to marry couples who support gay marriage FRANK BRENNAN. …Read more ›

Duration: 00:52:26

Episode 113 – 13 September 2017

We have a new feature. if you listen to the podcast directly from the post on our website, you will be able to jump directly to different topics by clicking on the relevant time stamp. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to share your favourite parts of our podcast. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:14:31

Episode 112 – 6 September 2017

In this episode The Fist and Simon do a book review of Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. The phenomenal New York Times Bestseller by Nobel Prize-winner Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow offers a whole new look at the way our minds work, …Read more ›

Duration: 00:57:44

Episode 111 – 29 August 2017

In episode 111 the Fist is joined by the 12th Man. We discuss: …Read more ›

Duration: 01:35:39

Episode 110 – 22 August 2017

In episode 110 we kick off with a survey of expected participation rates in the upcoming postal vote. The Fist then launches into Part A of a theoretical discussion of the difference between ideological identities and non-ideological identities and how this needs to be determined as part of deciding what level of criticism is acceptable. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:25:23

Episode 109 – 16 August 2017

In episode 109 we look at the arguments put forward by religious groups opposing marriage equality and note that they have not been honest enough to admit that scripture is their primary reason. It is dishonest and disingenuous of them to put forward arguments of religious freedom, …Read more ›

Duration: 01:35:49

Episode 108 – 9 August 2017

In episode 108 we look at the marriage equality postal vote and the plebiscite fiasco and we ask who is Andrew Broad and what are the Christian Values Awards? The Queensland Labour conference votes to support the introduction of voluntary euthanasia legislation The religious lobby will complain that the proposed legislation infringes on freedom of religion for clerks working in marriage registries and also wedding cake providers. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:08:17

Episode 107 – 1 August 2017

In this episode of the podcast, the Fist is joined by The Squeaky Wheel. We kick off with a Sikh family who want their son to wear a patka when attending school and we debate the merits of their case. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:37:14

Episode 106 – Non-Religious Roundtable 2 – 25 July 2017

Topics include: Who are The Rationalists? Co-operation between secular groups Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne in February 2018 – “Reason to Hope” Clementine Ford Lyle Shelton on Sky QandA on furniture and terrorism and GREG AUSTIN. …Read more ›

Duration: 00:57:05

Episode 105 – 19 July 2017

In this episode of the podcast, the Fist is flying solo and single-handedly attempts to turn you into a Monday morning water cooler expert. He kicks off with assisted suicide and the refusal by a Catholic hospital to provide the service if it is legalised and he also looks at whether the Federal government could overturn State legislation. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:48:48

Episode 104 – 13 July 2017

In this episode, Trevor speaks with Alison and Julia from Qld Parents For Secular State Schools. Here is the link to their Facebook page …Read more ›

Duration: 01:03:12

Episode 103 – 4 July 2017

In this episode of the podcast we discuss a crazy Catholic nun who terrorised young children into thinking that they were being permanently removed from their parents. The ordeal lasted for 5 1/2 hours and is a fine example of the sensitivities of the Catholic Church. …Read more ›

Duration: 01:09:49

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