Sass Jordan — Juno Award WinnerWinner of Billboard's Best Female Rock Vocalist award, Sass has toured and/or worked with many music heavyweights, including Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Carlos Santana and Joe Cocker. In 1992, she performed a duet with Joe Cocker for the soundtrack of the motion picture The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Her songs have been featured on numerous television shows, including Melrose Place, Party Of Five, Baywatch and Knight Rider. Also an accomplished actress, she starred in the lead role of Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway hit Love Janis. In 2003, she took on judging duties on the blockbuster, Canadian Idol – the same year she shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and others as part of the history-making SARS relief concert in Toronto. Sass has just released another gem entitled From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, and will be performing LIVE at The Mississauga Performing Arts Centre on Friday, February 19 at 8:30 p.m. Today she joins us to share her views on spirituality and faith.
Tal Bachman — Ex-Mormon Turned Reluctant AgnosticAfter many years of diligent research into why he believed what he believed, Tal came to the conclusion that the faith of his family was false. He was featured in Bill Maher’s mocumentary, Religulous, as an ex-Mormon and now finds it hard to believe how anyone could go from “one set of lies to another.” As the son of legendary guitarist Randy Bachman from The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive ("Takin’ Care Of Business"), Tal’s self-titled debut scored a smash hit with "She's So High."
Shawn McCraney — Ex-Mormon Turned Born-Again Evangelical ChristianShawn is the host of Heart of the Matter, a television show that challenges the belief system of Mormons. He’s also the author of I Was A Born-Again Mormon. Growing up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), Shawn served a mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He married his wife, Mary, in the Los Angeles Temple. They are both graduates of Brigham Young University. While a member of the LDS Church, Shawn served as a home teacher, elder's quorum president, seminary teacher and a member of a Bishopric and Stake High Council. In 2001, he asked to be excommunicated from the LDS Church.
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This week on the Counsel Of Many: a diabetic woman who had a Tubal-Ligation in order to prevent any further dangerous and complicated pregnancies wants to know if she should sue her doctor because the procedure failed within the first year – and man, did she suffer!
“Hi Drew. I do not know if this will fit your criteria for the Counsel of Many. If a Tubal Ligation fails within less than a year should there be some financial help to take care of this baby that was not planned for? I am a diabetic in my 40s that did this surgery for several reasons. I was satisfied with the number of children we already had - various medical reasons - and the very high cost and quality time required to raise children in Canada. I read that this method was 99% effective, and I believed that if it failed it would be at a time when I was no longer able to have children. To my total shock and disbelief, I was with child only 8-months after having this surgery. Unlike the other pregnancies, this time I really, really suffered. I don’t usually take insulin but during this pregnancy I took insulin 472 times (4 months @ 4 times daily). I was in so much pain that I had to stop working. Unlike my other pregnancies, the recovery after this C-Section was long and very painful. I even had to get a transfusion to survive. So, because of the pain and suffering and financial burden ahead of us for many, many years, there are times I really believe that there should be some financial help or compensation. What does the counsel think?”
If you stopped believing what you believe would you consider believing something else, or just stop believing?On our show today are two former Mormons – one who became an evangelical Christian and the other stopped believing in anything. Which way would you go if you stopped believing in what you believe now? Would you change faiths or drop faith entirely?
If you found out your husband was doing drugs and having sex with other men, would you take him back?Former evangelical superstar, Ted Haggard, and his wife were on Oprah again this week promoting Gayle’s new book, Why I Stayed. Not surprising why she gets asked this question everyday and decided to write a book about it. Do you think she’s naïve, or is it just good old fashioned stand-by-your-man-forgiveness? Do you know any women who decided to stay with their husbands despite the fact that they’ve had a track record of unfaithfulness? Do you think they should have left? What’s the difference between being naive and forgiveness? Would it make a difference if your husband was having an affair with a man versus a woman?
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