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Episode 151 – Science will undermine Liberal Humanism

Science has undermined religion and is about to do the same to Liberal Humanism. If your version of Humanism prioritises individual freedom of choice but science reveals that freedom of choice is a myth, then it might be time to choose a different branch of Humanism.

Apologies to Mrs Fist and Meredith.

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Episode 150 – An interview with Meredith Doig

Episode 150 features an interview with Meredith Doig.

We started with a brief overview of Meredith’s career and then had a discussion about The Rationalists and what they do and their objectives.

Questions for Meredith included:

Has there been an increased focus on opposing religious privilege in the last few years as opposed to debunking pseudoscience?

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Episode 149 – The N Word, Pirates and The Noble Savage

We discuss the N word, the surprisingly civilised nature of pirate society, the dangers posed by robots and we and examine the interaction between discrimination and culture.

Topics:

1:06 The number of Canberrans choosing to end their lives with voluntary euthanasia could grow to 65 a year in the next decade if assisted dying is legalised,

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Episode 148 – English Weddings and English Signs

We discuss the test case against School Chaplains and The Fist identifies a possible problem. We give you a different take on the Royal Wedding ceremony and Hugh and The 12th Man gang up against The Fist over English signs and banning books that incite violence.

A legal challenge to School Chaplains

Ruddock review delivers final report to government,

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Episode 147 – Was Karl Marx Right?

We continue on from episode 146 with a discussion on courtroom attire, migration numbers in Europe and the prescience of Karl Marx.

Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out

 

 

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Episode 146 – Young People Should Be Protesting

The 2018 Budget is the latest example of Baby Boomers screwing the younger generations.

Churches exempted from apprentice fund payments

Only 6 per cent of taxpayers face the top rate

Mormons are getting involved in the Liberal Party

People who don’t believe in God,

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Episode 145 – Cameron Reilly on Culture, Immigration and Free Will.

This episode features a lively discussion with podcast legend Cameron Reilly as we discuss culture, immigration and free will.

The links:

Was Scott Intolerant or Culturally Insensitive when talking about “no handshake no citizenship“?

Cultural Imperialism nonsense from our last show when we discussed this article from Spiked

Free Will and Luck

Here is a link to Cameron’s podcasts

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Episode 144 – Anzac Day Review and Breastfeeding Advice From a Male.

Topics include Anzac Day, Syrian chemical attacks, strange names, how to buy a gun, citizenship handshakes, Halal, Kosher and breastfeeding advice from a privileged white male.

1:03 How was your Anzac Day?

10:20 According to some ‘Anzac Day is bullshit. It’s a Trojan Horse for racism,

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Episode 143 – Trump, Falou, Martin Luther King Junior, Malcolm X and Hardbottom

This week we discuss the ethics of bombing Syria, transgender weightlifting, a divisive footballer seeking inclusive treatment, Anzac Day, an Orwellian future has arrived in China, secret religious business, Martin Luther King Junior, Malcolm X and Landon Hardbottom.

1:18 Our views on Syria plus Trump’s opinion on Syria from 2013. 

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Episode 142 – Rehashing some old ideas

This podcast is a waste of time if you already know about asabiyya, Islamic retconning, how democracy fails, Malik’s theories of multiculturalism, Lebanon, the problems with a Bill of Rights and who gets into Heaven.

1:09 Asabiyya

11:11 Retcon

14:24 Does democracy work?

23:07 Our Hillsong excursion

35:12 What is Multiculturalism

45:20 Who gets into Heaven?

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Testimonials

Only just found this podcast. LOVE IT

Really great to see some honest conversation, that doesn’t seem concerned with making the truth more palatable for the fair of heart. I think we really need a lot more of this.

Kena161975

Great listen

Fantastic podcast and gets better every episode. BUT if you can’t handle the truth about the dismal state of Australian politics give this one a miss.

The Happy Dog

Look forward to this podcast every week

This is an entertaining and intelligent discussion of politics, religion, education and other important issues in Australia. If you’re not interested in politics or if you’re confused by it then you need to listen to these guys. They remove the mystery and put forward an analysis of the issues that will entertain and inform you.

Saroq

Ep 81, one of the best and most enjoyable

Wel done Trevor and Hugh, one of the best Eps to date. Professional delivery by both.

AussieKomet

Episode 68 right on the mark

This episode was just the right length, but more importantly, was a little more measured in addressing the topics. I admire the Iron Fist in the way he can craft rational statements about appalling behaviour in the topics discussed, and I found the 12th Man to be a good balance to the Iron Fist. I wish the Velvet Glove wouldn’t giggle at important topics or when religious thinking is described – we already find them ridiculous, but laughing every time is a bit much after hours of listening to episodes. This is a fun but semi-serious podcast that everyone should listen to, and I thank them for making the time to produce it.

Townie49

Keep it going…

A refreshing podcast. Rational discussion on topics many won’t tackle honestly. I don’t agree with everything you say but I love the way your subject matter is explored and sometimes debated. Great work guys.

nedd_

Making baby Jesus cry

Don’t listen to these baby eating heathens, God will kill an angel for every episode that you listen to.

Rhhhgdtgvv

Presenting the Inconvenient Truth

These guys are at the forefront of challenging religious privilege. If you want to be up-to-date on all the wacky goings-on by the religion pushers in this world and their attempts successful or otherwise to influence the political and social spheres of our lives then this is your podcast. We need more of this advocacy for a secular world view. Be like me or Bill and don’t miss an episode.

Amchila

Christmas Special

All podcasts are great but the christmas special takes the cake. Excellent show guys.

Dvork123

Australian Centred Debate

This podcast is great for those looking for debates about secularism, religious power structures and Western liberal democratic ideals, all with a focus on the Great Southern Land. The two main protagonists bounce ideas off each other and occasionally guests are brought in to give different perspectives (I love to hate Right Wing Tony!). These are not Left Wing Nutters, I know as I tend to that description too often myself and disagree with them at times. Rationality and free thought rule! The boys don’t mind if you throw in your two cents, in fact, I think they love to hear from the public. Very worth a listen.

MrBJones73

Great Job

I look forward to this show each week. So informative! Thank you.

Rodelyi

Stumbled upon

I stumbled on this podcast and enjoyed a number of podcasts. I love the deconstruction of the arguments and the range of topics. The input of the 12th man, right wing Tony and in particular Hugh Harris and Objective morals and Moral relativism. I am a atheist/secularist and would love to see you guys on Q&A keep up the great work. Secularism is a fight worth fighting for.

James

Not getting any worse

I’ve been listening for a year now and you haven’t gotten any worse. It’s nice to hear a good Australian perspective with varying views. Keep it up.

Selena

Always well worth the time

The Fist and crew do a great job of debating and dissecting a range of secular topics. Great work, and always an amusing listen.

KR

Well balanced podcast

I’ve been listening since the first episode and it has proven time and again to be my favourite podcast. The guys have a balanced view of the world and politics. Well worth a listen.

topcat282

Back catalogue

Greeting Fist, Glove and Man. I’m working my way through the back catalogue and enjoying it immensely. Your discussions contain the kind of intelligence and fluid thinking with a touch of irreverence that I have been looking for in a local content podcast. Keep up the good work.

Tony W

Love your work

Love your work, your podcasts are excellent and your political commentary and general banter really improve my day! Thank you!

Caitlin

Sensible Secularists

A provocative and informative discussion of current affairs at the intersection of religion and politics. The perfect antidote to religious privilege and snowflake culture. Best listened to at 1.5x speed.

Algy

Episode 139 Comedy Classic

G’day Iron and Velv. When I found you blokes, I had finally found some Australian voices of reason and common sense. After listening to a chunk of the back catalogue and keeping up to date with the podcasts, I became a patron, you fellas should be on the Senate. Anyway, episode 139 was a little strange at first, until the nutter came out. And then, oh mate, it became comedy. Where did you dig up that crazy nutter? Thanks Fist and Glove. Watley

Watley

Hi guys, many thanks for

Hi guys, many thanks for your podcast which I have just discovered. I am looking forward to exploring the back catalogue. It’s great to hear Australian voices doing such a podcast. One thing though – it’s a bit blokey. Ever thought of having some women on?

Ms McIntosh

Brilliant

Possibly my favourite Aussie podcast. Nice one to do the gardening to!

Tobias

Great Aussie Secularists..

Finally found some Aussie voices speaking about our issues with Australian accents and with Aussie guests from a secular point of view. Great work guys!

Trevhoare

Congrats

Congrats on 3 years! I’m a fairly new fan (thanks to Caitlin Langley) and this is becoming one of my favourite podcasts. Keep up the great work. – Andy Dowling, Andy Social Podcast / Self Starter Podcast / Bass Player in LORD (don’t worry, we’re not a Christian band!).

Andy Dowling

Glad I found it!

Finally! So glad to find other like minded people in Australia! You’ll be pleased to know I joined the Labor Party just before discovering your podcast and yes, I am as secular as they come!

Matt Chalk

An Enjoyable and Engaging Listen

I’ve been listening to the Iron Fist and Velvet Glove Podcast for a while now and have found it really engaging. The discourse is most often very intelligent and insightful. I often feel like I’ve learnt something when I’ve finished listening. However, I think that sometimes the hosts can be limited in their perspective and that can limit the depth of the discussion, but overall a great podcast you should all listen to.

Jesse

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