Episode 113 – 13 September 2017
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01:43 In this episode, the Iron Fist admits to an error regarding trans-generational trauma.
10:40 An indigenous Alice Springs councillor says there is no need to change Australia day and people should not feel guilty.
12:52 The National Secular Lobby announces Philip Adams and Jane Caro as ambassadors.
14:02 A Tasmanian couple refuses to pay rates because the land belongs to God so the council sells the property for half of its market value.
15:38 We propose a collective noun for a group of religious nutters.
17:08 Donald Trump initiates a national day of prayer and a “scrotum of religious nutters” gather around to pray in a manner that would breach Matthew Chapter 6 verse 5.
22:59 The Fist argues that a group of Far Right Nationalists should not be guilty of a criminal offence and the Victorian Racial and Religious Tolerance Act goes too far.
30:04 On the other hand, the Fist agrees with Peter Dutton that a famous advocate against vaccinations should not be given a Visa to enter Australia. The Fist argues that Kent Heckenlively would likely cause injury or death and has crossed the line in much the same way that inciting violence crosses the line of acceptable free speech.
46:47 We also look at the limits to free speech from offensive language laws which address the F word and the C word.
52:18 Indians who are complaining about the meat and livestock ad and its implication that the Hindu God Ganesha eats meat should find something more worthwhile to complain about.
53:22 The Fist thinks that trolls on the Secular Party Facebook page should be banned.
56:40 Hopefully, the new Reason party will take some advice from The Fist about submarines.
59:30 American protestants do not understand the basic tenets of their own religion.
1:02:22 An art exhibition in South Australia is shut down because of the cultural appropriation of a sacred indigenous figure. This is a worrying trend. It leads to a conversation about copyright.
1:08:51 We finish off with a few quick stories about the marriage equality debate.
Senator Penny Wong described it well: “The problem in all of this is, the application of religious belief to the framing of law in a secular society … religion-based moral codes continue to limit the freedoms and the rights of those who, in the view of religious groups, do not conform to their views.”