From episode 116
24:47 We look at Iain Benson from Notre Dame University in Sydney and his
calls for special legislation to ensure religious freedom. He refers
to the Canadian case of Trinity Western University Law School which we
explain and we also criticise Professor Benson for his double standards in
various aspects of his arguments.
19:01 Mrs Betty Bowers, America’s best Christian succinctly describes the double standards that apply in relation to religious freedom and persecution.
23:47 As a matter of free speech, an athlete is free to “take a knee” but if you are going to make symbolic gestures then you had better use clear symbols. In the USA there is a brouhaha regarding athletes taking the knee during the playing of the national anthem and the raising of the American flag. The Fist fails to convince The Velvet Glove to change his mind, however, Brandon Tatum proves to be a better Advocate.
From episode 114
34:39 Israel Folau tweets. Should we care? The Fist argues that Alan Joyce is not entitled to speak on behalf of Qantas on an issue which is not core to the business.
From episode 113
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.
47:23 We also look at the limits to free speech from offensive language laws which address the F word and the C word.
From episode 110
13:50 Part B of the theory lesson is a discussion of the nature of freedom and more specifically the nature of religious freedom and the Fist’s view is that religious groups must volunteer to give up religious freedom is if they wish to participate in our civilised society. Giving up freedoms and agreeing to regulations is the price that people must pay in order to receive the benefits provided by our society.
24:01 The Velvet Glove is wishy-washy about George Brandis and Pauline Hanson but the Iron Fist pulls no punches in castigating George Brandis. Oh the irony. The left likes to say that nobody has the right to tell women what they can or cannot wear except apparently the left has the right to tell Pauline Hanson what not to wear. And on the right side of politics, George Brandis has previously championed free speech and the ability of people to say things that other people might find offensive or insulting but apparently that right is not available to Pauline Hanson in relation to Islam.
There is nothing wrong with mocking any religion and the book of Mormon is currently playing in Melbourne yet we do not hear any protest from George Brandis about that. Pauline Hanson went further than mocking and she is entitled to do so.
42:56 Various religious leaders have called for protection of religious freedom so that people may discriminate against gay couples and The Fist applies the theory discussed in the first 10 minutes to rebuke such arguments.
From episode 103
05:25 We discuss why we cannot discuss Cardinal Pell because of the sub judice rules.
From episode 101
25:23 The Fist argues why we should allow terrorist groups like Hezbollah to fly their flag and March in our cities.
From episode 99
21:46 Lauren Rosewarne in an article in The Conversation criticises a fellow academic who had the temerity to call for the end of Islam and suggested that the university that employs him should consider whether that is still a good idea. She demonstrates that the left is not nearly as tolerant as it likes to think that it is and diversity is fine so long as that is not diversity of opinion.