Sex education doesn’t need to involve paranoia and deception

Jacques and Greg talk about the Department of Basic Education’s intention to strengthen the comprehensive sex education curriculum, and the fearmongering that has provoked amongst [some of] the religious right.

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

Links:

Comprehensive sex education: the kids are all right

Greg and Jacques talk about consent, how kids are more sexually active [and aware] than most fear-mongers acknowledge, and how communication between parents and kids is vital.

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

Link:

Freedom of Religion SA on their concerns regarding comprehensive sexual education.

Blasphemy at Grantleigh, and religious privilege

Greg and Jacques talk about the recent outrage regarding “blasphemy” at a Curro school, where a final-year student depicted Jesus [and/or God] as Ronald McDonald.

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

Links:

Rugby World Cup, transformation, and the hopes of a nation

Greg and Jacques talk about rugby [which Jacques knows little of], home advantage in sport, and whether the “Rainbow Nation” has been reincarnated.

Referred to in this episode:

Rugby and rainbows (Sisonke Msimang)

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

Marching for change: gender-based violence

In this episode, Greg and Jacques talk about whether it makes any [practical] difference when people take to the streets to protest against outrages like gender-based violence.

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

The threat of Greta Thunberg [and climate change]

This episode is about Greta Thunberg, who is managing to annoy many people [including some who agree with her] with her activism on the topic of global warming.

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

Spanking, the nanny state, and a little god

The Brackets return [with an apology], then discuss whether parents should be allowed to physically discipline their children, in light of the recent Constitutional Court judgment saying that they may not do so.

Resources:

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

Assisted dying, autonomy and possible abuse of the right to die

In the second episode of a series on assisted dying, suicide and euthanasia, Greg and Jacques talk about the power of myth in relation to the perceived value of life, and whether the right to die is open to abuse for personal [or State] gain.

Links:

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

Assisted dying and Sean Davison

In the first episode of a series on assisted dying, suicide and euthanasia, Greg and Jacques talk about Sean Davison, recently sentenced to 8 years (with 5 years suspended) of house arrest for assisting with the deaths of 3 individuals.

Links:

Musical interludes are edits of Soixante-8 by Obsibilo (under Creative Commons license 3.0)

Babelfish interviews Jacques Rousseau

This week, Square Brackets is sharing the second interview that Kirstine Kærn of the Babelfish podcast had with the hosts of Square Brackets, as part of her series on the experiences of atheists, humanists and secularists across the world.

Today, we bring you her in conversation with Jacques Rousseau, who was never a Methodist minister [but who nearly became a different sort of priest].

The rest of the Babelfish series can be found on Buzzsprout.