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Go to: Norway abolishes state sponsored Church of Norway

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72% of Norwegians are atheists, and only 20% consider religion important. Similar percentages in Denmark and Sweden. Those countries top constantly the classifications on quality of living, education and, lately, also in the happiness report released by the UN. These classifications might be bogus and it might be a coincidence, but they seem to be quite consistent in indicating that religion and belief is not necessary for happiness.

But when we see what is the quality of living in many of the deeply religious countries, the inverse correlation between religion and happiness seems confirmed.

Tue, 15 May 2012 15:50:33 UTC | #941617

Go to: This used to be me

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The faithful might not very well know what he is thinking and doing, but many of those who propagate this drivel are much more purposeful. The article concludes with a nice request for money.

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 11:14:41 UTC | #925592

Go to: Vatican told to pay taxes as Italy tackles budget crisis

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What is amazing is also what the priests do with their State: they use it as a fiscal paradise (they are on the grey list of OECD for their lack of transparency, a shame for an institution that proclaims to be a moral authority), and if you want to make easy and good business in Rome or find a good accomodation, just cultivate your relations with the church. A bishop who was in charge of the administration of the Vatican City State tried to put some order in the murky businesses going around the Vatican, and in less than 2 years he was sacked and sent away as Nuncio (Ambassador) to the United States.

There have been a lot of leaks of documents of the Holy See lately that show how bitter and disgusting the infights inside the church are: character assassinations, defamation, gossip, intimidations, personal interests in public tenders, you have it all. The leaks themselves are used as weapons in the fight in anticipation of the succession of the ageing pope, and the display of cynicism, unbridled personal ambition and lust for power is really amazing.

I hope this is a good occasion for the faithful to wake up and see the real behaviour of those who had the "calling" and who were considered so worthy as to arrive at the top of the hierarchy , and what to make of their pretence of moral authority.

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:03:28 UTC | #923063

Go to: Vatican told to pay taxes as Italy tackles budget crisis

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Comment 15 by Tony d :

I think the Italian's should invade the Vatican and nick all the treasure. What are the Catholics gonna do about it . Turn the other cheek.

We did that more than once. In 1849 the Romans kicked the Pope out but he was restored by French guns. Before coming back he sent a triumvirate of cardinals (the "Red Triumvirate") who took care of the repression, the imprisonments and the hangings.

In 1870 we thought we destroyed the "temporary power" for good when Rome was taken by Italian troops, but then Mussolini gave them back the Vatican in 1929. For decades after the unification of Italy the catholics who would go vote in Italian elections would face excommunication, as well as those who participated in auctions in which the confiscated properties of the church were sold.

So much for turning the other cheek.

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:21:48 UTC | #922854

Go to: Beyond Reasonable Doubt? [Also in Polish]

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I think that the jury system is an anachronism: it made sense in the past as a reaction against the judges who were in the hands of the kings and aristocrats.

In advanced democracies, which respect the principle of independence of the judiciary, it doesn't make sense to leave the most important job in the courtroom, i.e. to decide on the verdict, to the least prepared in the courtroom: the presiding judge, the prosecutor and the defence attorney all went to law school and have extensive professional experience, while those who make the final decision are not required to have any specific training. The verdict should be the job of a college of professional judges.

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:03:03 UTC | #911745

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