Episode 135 – Conquered People could be a compliment

A listener has suggested that The Velvet Glove used insensitive language towards Indigenous Australians and The Fist provides a different perspective. We also look at tribalism, online arguments, protest-free zones for abortion clinics, gun control in America, circumcisions in Iceland, the cowardice of the current ABC leadership, judges with jobs on the side and divorcing yourself from the Catholic Church.

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Episode 134 – Albury, Indonesia, ABC Bias and Peter Rabbit

It only takes 2 hours and 10 minutes to describe Christian protesters of a fertility clinic in Albury, the ethics of mandatory safety measures, the Barnaby Joyce saga, ABC bias in favour of religions, the Indonesian Military’s capacity to invade Australia, a fire levy which exposes the Catholic Church, an example of bike shedding on the Hugh Harris Facebook page,

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Dean Stretton – The final version of his submission to the Religious Freedom Review Panel

In our previous post, we linked to Dean’s draft submission.

Click here to view the final version which Dean submitted.

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Episode 133 – The Good, the Bad and Dexter the Peacock

The only podcast to discuss the ACL, corporate tax, Oliver North, Socrates, Plato, Trump, Mohammed and Dexter the peacock and somehow inspire a Sydney barrister to write a brilliant opinion on “Religious Freedom”.

1:54 Dean Stretton’s submission

10:08 The ACL has 14 points and 12 deal with marriage.

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Submission to the Religious Freedom Review by Dean Stretton

Please click on the link below to access a PDF version of Dean Stretton’s submission to the Expert Panel on Religious Freedom.

Religious Freedom Review Submission by Dean Stretton

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We have a request.

The Expert Panel will no doubt receive many submissions from religious groups calling for more religious privileges under the name of “Religious Freedom”.

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Episode 132 – Satirical Satanists, Humanism, Sugar and Historical Context

We discuss a satirical satanist, humanism, the merits of a sugar tax and ancient Australian history in 92 minutes of podcast commentary.

1:10 Regarding the Ruddock Panel, we discuss a submission by Bernard Gaynor and the satirical submission of The Fist

15:07 Do we need Australia Day honours?

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The Iron Fist Submission to the Ruddock Panel

To the Ruddock Panel

Thank you for the opportunity to make this submission.

As a member of the Satan Worshippers of Australia (SWA) I have for a long time been very concerned by the lack of protection for my religious freedom.

As Satanists, we follow a code of rebellion against undeserved authority.

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Episode 131 – Australia Day, Finland and Raju Singh

Somehow this podcast combines Australia Day, constitutional law, an apology to Finland, religion bashing, an Indian submariner, Adam Smith, Scientology, red frogs, milkshake duck and the Human Development Indicator into a compelling 79 minutes of Australian Podcast Gold.

1:06 Australia Day – A potted history presented by the 12th Man.

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Episode 130 – Racism, The Urban Elite and MeToo

The 12th Man joins the podcast so 3 white men can discuss racism, #MeToo, immigration and cervixes.

1:35 The Greens want to change the date for Australia Day but they haven’t offered an alternative date. The Fist says it will all be fixed when we become a Republic but that will probably offend monarchists.

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Episode 129 – Cruel schools, betting against Trump and a cow called Freezer

The only Australian podcast to expose unconscionable religious schools, speak ill of Flo Bjelke-Petersen and explore gambling options involving Donald Trump.

1:36 Public submissions to the Ruddock panel may be kept secret from the public. There is no good reason for this. We need to know what information may have have influenced the panel and we need to know if such statements were true,

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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

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