Stephen Fry is being investigated and accused of violating blasphemy laws for statements made in an old interview on Irish Television. But can what he said be classified as blasphemy or can it more accurately be characterized as pure stupidity? Fry’s idea of “God” is typically distorted, and we will be debating over the substance of his words.
What is the balance, or nuance that should be established when discussing religion, and religion's place in society? We discuss a couple of news stories that provide an example of lack of nuance when discussing religion's role in the culture. We also talk about observing the big picture—true in religion, true in the politics, and true in the world.
Does the Western World care about freedom of speech anymore? When you look at the latest explosion of news regarding Milo Yiannopoulos, it's hard to say. This episode discusses how we regard the value of free speech, and how we handle the responsibility that comes with it.
Do human beings really have free will, or are we restricted by determinism? Are we slaves, or masters of our fate and destiny?
Talking about the horrendous media coverage of, and public outrage over the so-called Trump travel ban. Also we talk about a riot that broke out at Berkeley to shut down the free-speech of Milo Yiannopoulos, and similar hysteria at NYU to protest another conservative speaker, Gavin McInnes. This episode can be summed up in one line: "We told you so!"
It's time for Cal to put Tim on the stand! Cal will "prosecute" Tim's Catholic Monarchy model of civilization. This is Part 2 of “Civilization” in our Life on Trial series
Talking about the social and moral implications of SciFi movies and TV shows that have become a reality. We also lock horns on the question "How do we live long and prosper with only science??" and discuss whether humanity, WITHOUT religion, would really work in the interests of the common good during a zombie apocalypse or on a Mars colony.
Cal presents his case for a secular civilization, and it's put on trial, and prosecuted by the Catholic, Tim Haines. This is the opening trial of our "Life on Trial" series of episodes.