The League of Reason Presents... Episode 4: All Aboard The Censor-ship

The League of Reason Presents... is the barely new, brand new podcast created by members of The League of Reason forum. Surprisingly enough.

We differ in tone and content from the original League of Reason Show, now cunningly disguised and creeping up behind the anti-science brigade as The Magic Sandwich Show over on YouTube, the most obvious aspect being that we are producing a podcast and not a live call-in show (not that we won't take calls!).

Our aim is to bring our diverse and versatile members together with a new level of interaction and participation. Along with our main topic of discussion, we also give members (yes, any of them) the opportunity to abuse us with shameless self-promotion by submitting content* (this could be - but by no means limited to - an essay on a particular topic for our hosts to discuss, an episode-themed parody song, or a poem you're proud of and want to share with the world). You could be an interviewee or perhaps even host a show! We won't be sticking to any rigid segments outside of the main discussion, so paraphrasing someone funnier than I, the world is our mollusc!

Of course, if none of that is your bag (yeah, I typed that. Sorry), you can still contribute over at the forum by posting episode themes you'd like us to tackle or give us suggestions and links (and criticism, of course) for consideration. Think of it as a sort of digital Woodstock... or don't because there are far to many problems with that analogy.

What follows are links related to the discussion and further reading on this episode's theme, members' contributions, and attributions. We hope you enjoy the show and if you're not a member, we welcome you to go get stuck in!

Discussion Links

Christopher Hitchens on freedom of speech - YouTube video.

Hitchens and Fry - YouTube video.

Muamba Twitter racism case - Daily Mail - Daily Mirror

Saudi Journalist arrested for blashpemy on Twitter - The Guardian

Social media injunction - The Telegraph

Is offense a valid reason to curtail FoS? Should blasphemy be a criminal offense?

BBC link

Christian Voice

Yadu Singh, president of the Council of Indian Australians - "It is not right to use religious symbols, from any religion, in comedy or as a joke, it's offensive, insulting and inappropriate."

Attributions:

Hosts for this episode were Noth, Inferno, AngryWomble, and australopithecus. Other contributors were Prolescum, and CosmicJoghurt.

Music: Languatron's Whimsy

© Pseudo Intellectuals, Inc. 2011. Some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).

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