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Go to: Pakistan: the moral collapse of a nation

SpleenandSpiceSahota's Avatar Jump to comment 59 by SpleenandSpiceSahota

I'm afraid Pakistan has a notoriously low investment rate in it's education. I've been there twice and the mosques really do out number the school massively. I've seen many of the school text book too and they are hardly religously neutral, nor are neutral in relation to the military which is valorised in school text books as the heroic national force that protects the nation against India.

It's a state that was born in a tumult of sectarian violence and religious polarisation, and on a tiny positive note, there have been recent talks with India to increase trade. Maybe trade and material development could generate some progress and force some input into infra structure development and education, but like Afghanistan, the state seems locked in a permament state of chronic malpractice and collusion with the military which in all fairness does hold the country together in times of emergency.

The biggest tragedy is that NATO trooops will be leaving soon and the realigning of Pakistani and Afghani Taliban forces will go unchecked which is going to spell vicious repercussions on women in Afghanistan, militancy in Pakistan, and terrorism in India, and possible assaults against western targets. The war in Afghanistan was hopelessly ignored by activity in Iraq and the all the western powers, who are financially bankrupt can do, is present they retreat as a 'honourable exit'. 'Honourable' - yeah right!

Thu, 31 May 2012 11:15:06 UTC | #944733

Go to: In God We Teach

SpleenandSpiceSahota's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by SpleenandSpiceSahota

I remember as a philosophy undergraduate, (University of Aberdeen, '95-'99) we had a philosophy of religion option administered and organised by a lecturer who was Anglican. The students were already well aware of his loyalties and it was fascinating to see not only how 'philosophy' as a critical subject stopped happening in that class (something more anthropological and obsequious took over) but how everyone in the class seemed utterly oblivious to this change (except me). I was confused and continued to think critically , even handing in an essay later in the course in which I referred to religion as 'an orgy of irrationality' for which I still got a respectable 2:1. Anyway, after sitting through a 12 week sham of a philosophy course, I was struck by an dilemma - the prof. taking the course, who never failed to make his Anglican prejudices felt in the lecture theatre, was actually one of my preferred options for a reference which I needed for a job after University.

   Of course, I then realised why the rest of my atheist and agnostic classes mates had stayed mute and pretended to sympathise with the lecturer - I, on the other, had to learn a lesson of public dissonance.  I went to his office  shortly after submitting and receiving the essay and apologised directly to him for my rudeness and unphilosophical language.  Looking back I regret it and wish that I hadn't compromised myself in this way.  Anyway, the amount of propagandising going on in schools and Universities is probably much higher than it should be - all of it illegal.  We got it in primary school too - lots!
Despite this, it's great that atheists and agnostics now have a newly acquired confidence to speak out and stick to their guns.  I think public confrontation was much more difficult 20 years ago.

Thu, 31 May 2012 05:34:23 UTC | #944697

Go to: Full Length Talk - 'How To Tell You're An Atheist'

SpleenandSpiceSahota's Avatar Jump to comment 26 by SpleenandSpiceSahota

Pure bliss, it's an incomprehensible wonder that exposing the taboo of atheist denial has to to be fleshed out by anyone ... I would like someone to one day talk about the existential implications of atheism - if god is a dulusion, this means the overwhelming majority of humanity are either deluded or dishonesty supporting a delusion for some reason. This has a saddening effect on me, but it's an inescapable consequence of atheist it seems. I suspect the deniers are also trying to escape this rather unsatisfying conclusion. I suspect idly and inanely that playing the game of endorsing this universal fraud as something that might be 'truth' and using whatever deceit they can muster to sustain themselves from confronting this awful conclusion.

Sun, 27 May 2012 13:35:08 UTC | #943816

Go to: Norway abolishes state sponsored Church of Norway

SpleenandSpiceSahota's Avatar Jump to comment 20 by SpleenandSpiceSahota

This is wonderful, does anyone know if this step is unprecedented? I mean has any other state ever taken this step without attacking the church (like the communists?). Hopefully this could set a precedent for other Western European states to follow. Religion is in retreat in many places, and so I had a debate with someone about which religion could be the one most likely to survive free thought, questions, good education, affluence and good standard of living. We decided that Hinduism could be the most robust because of it's flexibility and fluidity. Christianity and Islam are simply far to brittle, and need laws such as blasphemy to sustain their weird notions.

What do others think, which religion is mostly to survive the future?

Tue, 15 May 2012 19:21:49 UTC | #941667

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