Posts Tagged ‘atheism’

Us with comedian Simon Taylor, who MC’d the reception of our commitment ceremony.

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Our 200th episode special covers the reception of our commitment ceremony. You can see some photos from the night here. You can also listen to us discussing the ceremony part back on episode 100 – we’ve also added a video of our commitment ceremony to the notes of that episode.

The episode features a return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’ – this time on weddings. We also cover bizarre wedding traditions, regular guest (Mother) Theresa’s wedding – you can read more about her wedding on her blog and Offbeat Bride, Crimethinc podcast on anarcha-feminism and celebrating relationships and Alain De Botton’s book Religion for Atheists.

After our atheist “wedding”, Nick had a religious conversion.

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Charlie the Super Dog got his own introduction to the song below.

Clips:

Me First and the Gimme GimmesWho Put the Bomp’, Steven Merchant from the stand-up show ‘Hello Ladies’, Crimethinc podcast episode 28, Ricky Gervais podcast, Ricky Gervais Show ‘Season 3, Episode 4’, Portlandia on alternative weddings, Whitest Kids U’ Know ‘Super Dog’, That Mitchell and Webb Look s03e03 ‘Best Man Wedding Speech’, Kool & The GangCelebration’, Nerina PallotGeek Love’.

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Us at the end of our commitment ceremony – on our way to the reception.

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This is our 100th episode special and we discuss our commitment ceremony and the way it incorporated our political beliefs. This includes our anarchist, atheist, pro-queer, pro-feminist, vegan and level 5 (or 6) straight edge (drug free) ideologies. We cover the reception of this commitment ceremony on episode 200.

The episode features a return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’ – this time it is on overseas weddings. We also discuss our wedsite (password: seashells), some of the wedding traditions we threw out the window, our commitment rings (Katie’s, Nick’s), and a voicemail from “the usual Jon” on why he doesn’t want a marriage OR a commitment ceremony. You can view some pictures from our ceremony here. See Offbeat Bride for more on alternative weddings/commitment ceremonies.

For more on why we reject marriage, check out our discussion below – taken from episode 28:

This episode is brought to you by “Jolly Jazz aka Santa Claus”. You can hear Jazz and other members of the Melbourne Street Medic Collective on episode 29. Be sure to like Melb SMC on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for lots of important information for activists! Thanks a lot to Jazz for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too! Also thanks to all of our listeners for your support over the last 100 episodes!

Clips:

Nick’s dad’s speech at our commitment ceremony reception, The Sex PistolsMy Way’, Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 2’, Ricky Gervais podcast, The Moaning of Life ‘Episode 1’, Bill Hicks ‘Alcohol is a Drug’, CollegeHumorWhy Engagement Rings Are A Scam’, Dashboard ConfessionalStolen’, Our commitment ceremony, Counting Crows ‘Accidentally in Love’, Jamie KilsteinSoulmates’, Father of the Bride, Voicemail from “the usual Jon”, Social DistortionFaithless’.

You can listen to a short (11 minute) version of this episode, which features our commitment ceremony, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Nick is joined by Jordan Halliday and Jeremy Parkin from Which Side Vegan Anarchist podcast for almost the entire episode. We discuss: Jordan’s time in prison, the importance of prisoner support, anarchism and voting, the dietary focus of the way veganism is promoted by many animal organisations, scepticism and rationality, self-righteous health vegans, Mormonism and atheism. We encourage you to listen to Nick on Which Side podcast and check out their other episodes too!

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Clips:

Tom Morello – The NightwatchmanWhich Side Are You On?’, Mad as Hell ‘Series 5, Episode 4’, Jamie Kilstein ‘Sober Vegan Party Time’ from the album ‘What Alive People Do’, Sue-Anne Post ‘Twenty Years of Kicking God in the Shins’ – from the 2010 Atheist Convention, Book of MormonAll American Prophet’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features Jeremy and Jordan on the importance of prisoner support, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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The above cartoon is by Malcolm Evans, http://www.evanscartoons.com/

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Once again Nick is joined by Kim Socha, who is an English professor, grassroots animal liberation activist and author. We discuss sexism in the atheist movement and efforts to challenge it, Rebecca Watson and “ElevatorGate”, focusing on sexism in the West and not just pointing the finger elsewhere, the satirical article ‘Not Without Her Make-Up’, Leila Ahmed on the veil, and criticising discriminatory elements of Islam, while being considerate of the broader context of Western imperialism and Islamophobia – as reflected in attacks such as the Chapel Hill shooting. You can hear more from Kim on episode 87 and we also recommend you listen to her being interviewed on Freedom of Species.

Also covered on the episode is: the 100 year anniversary of Anzac Day, challenging transphobia, the article ‘In Search of Liberal Purity’, Queer Punx Podcast on the importance of trigger warnings and consent, the deadline for papers for the ICAS Oceania conference has been extended, and Nick’s articles ‘Gluten Free Funds Terrorism!!!!’ and ‘When Will Moderate Whites Condemn the NAACP Bombing?’. We also encourage people to check out Which Side podcast, which Nick will be on soon.

This episode is brought to you by “Atheist Angelo”. You can check out his cartoons, which are critical of religion and xenophobia, here. He also recommends people check out talks on transgender murders and sexism in the atheist community – from Skepticon 7. Thanks a lot to Angelo for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too.

Clips:

No DoubtJust a Girl’, Nick and Kim Socha on sexism in the atheist movement, Against Me! ‘FuckMyLife666’ (acoustic), Mad as Hell ‘Series 5, Episode 3’, Nick and Kim Socha on atheism and Islam, Frank TurnerGlory Hallelujah’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick’s discussion with Kim Socha on atheism, Islam and sexism, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Kim Socha promoting her book ‘Animal Liberation and Atheism’, which she discusses on this episode.

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On this episode Nick is joined by Kim Socha, who is an English professor, grassroots animal liberation activist and author of the book ‘Animal Liberation and Atheism: Dismantling the Procrustean Bed’. We discuss this book, religion being a conservative human construct, the animal movement being nearly totally godless, right-wing people engaging in more animal exploitation and meat consumption, critiques of an article on an “inclusive” animal movement, atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris criticising speciesism but not going vegan, challenging the idea of “humane” slaughter (which is about the best animals can hope for from most religious texts), food deserts making it difficult for some people to live vegan, and child labour and slavery in the production of cocoa. We encourage people to check out Kim’s book on atheism and animals and like the Facebook page for it!

In addition to the discussion with Kim, Nick also discusses the greyhound racing industry, links with Marius the giraffe being killed at Copenhagen Zoo last year, and a correction on the queer refugee whose letter we read on episode 85.

This episode is brought to you by “Anarchist Aaron”. You can hear Aaron on episode 85 discussing queer refugees. Thanks a lot to Aaron for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too.

Clips:

Gogol BordelloSupertheory of Supereverything’, Sue-Anne PostTwenty Years of Kicking God in the Shins’ – from the 2010 Atheist Convention, ‘I Believe’ from the Book of Mormon, Nick’s discussion with Kim Socha – part 1, Nick’s discussion with Kim Socha – part 2, NOFXYou’re Wrong’, NOFX ‘You’re Wrong’ (live).

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick’s discussion with Kim Socha on atheism and animals, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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George Orwell’s book 1984 has been banned in Thailand. This image is from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

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On this episode we discuss our recent trip where us farangs (the Thai word for people of European origin) visited Phuket in Thailand. Just before we got to Thailand there was a military coup and the new regime has banned George Orwell’s book 1984. We cover this, as well as having a discussion on representative versus direct democracy. We also discuss kathoeys (who ‘are born physiologically male but, as one Thai saying goes, “have a female heart” ‘) and avoiding transphobia in feminist movements. We explore the relationship people have with animals in Thailand compared to Western countries, travelling as vegans and anti-consumerists, and skin whitening products being sold in the supermarkets (rather than the tanning products sold in the West). Also covered is the books we read while we were away: Atheism – The Case Against God and Buddhism Without Beliefs. You can view some of our photos from our trip here.

There is also further discussion on direct action and Israel/Palestine – the topics covered on episode 65. On Israel/Palestine, we mention the indefinite ceasefire that has been agreed to, the open letter signed by 327 Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors of the Holocaust calling for an end to the ‘ongoing genocide of Palestinian people’, and try and work out where to now for the movement for justice for Palestine? On direct action, we talk about direct action during the Vietnam War (as discussed in the book Occupy Everything: Anarchists and the Occupy Movement). We also mention Dan discussing direct action for refugees – you can hear more from Dan on episode 61. We recommend people check out Team Earthling animal rights podcast – specifically their episodes on ableism (including covering direct action and ableism), their crossover episode with us (which included a discussion on violence and non-violence), and their episode on teen veganism (which has an interview we did for their show).

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Clips:

Lily Allen ‘The Fear’, Man on the MoonLast Scene’, AphroditeOne Man Woman, Two-Timing Man’, The Office (UK), Myq Kaplan ‘Buddhism, Feminism and Math’ from the album ‘Small, Dork and Handsome’, The Chaser’s War on EverythingHillsong Church Parody – Praise the Lord’, Austin Powers, Sydney Anarchist MediaAnarchist Reflections of Villawood Protest to Refugee Transfers’, Propagandhi ‘Haillie Sellasse, Up Your Ass’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on kathoeys in Thailand, here: Kathoeys in Thailand, Challenging Gender Norms and Opposing Transphobia. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.