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Go to: Libya's Gaddafi urges jihad against Switzerland

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@Scottishgeologist

Switzerland has about 30 commercial ships.

On a side-note: It was a Christian majority that voted in favour of a minaret ban in Switzerland. We have plenty of bigots too.

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 16:17:00 UTC | #444294

Go to: Libya's Gaddafi urges jihad against Switzerland

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The signal the Swiss people wanted to send out with the minaret-ban apparently has been understood.

Luckily Gaddafi calling for a Jihad is probably as effective as Henry Kissinger calling for a march for peace.

Zealots and freaks everywhere. Can we please have our planet back?

Fri, 26 Feb 2010 14:35:00 UTC | #444263

Go to: The New Humanism

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@gcdavis

Sruton is right that Humanism has not managed to define itself as a set of values. He is also right about the atheist bus campaign, “enjoy yourself” is not a thought provoking slogan, rather it is innocently naive and lends weight to the religious who see Humanism as a lightweight with no philosophical ballast.


Humanist values are probably as diverse as 'religious values'. The slogan in question is not a programme. That is like saying 'Jesus saves' is all 1000 years of theology came up with (even I have to admit it is more, only little more, but more).

It is a slogan to stir debate and it conveys a certain 'liberating' message, which I find positive. It is better than attacking religion directly, because then everyone will go "Oh, but this is not my religion/god/belief".

You cannot print Paine's "Age of Reason" on a bus, that is the problem. A slogan on a bus will always be reductionist and people will always complain that it is not representative of humanism.

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 04:14:00 UTC | #338480

Go to: The New Humanism

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Funny, seems like a very protestant form of humanism the author describes.

I wonder if her realises that it is only a slogan and not the founding charter of the British Humanist Association.

Sun, 22 Mar 2009 23:33:00 UTC | #338424

Go to: Atheists claim censorship by billboard company

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I object to any discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation etc. The problem is, I am even more opposed to the government telling me what is right and what is wrong.

I am not sure how to solve this dilemma. Perhaps one should take into account how easy an alternative can be found (e.g. here in Switzerland the billboard company has a quasi monopoly so it is not ok to discriminate) and what type of service is denied on a discriminatory basis (e.g. renting out a flat probably needs to be qualified differently to selling flowers). Still it is difficult to draw lines.

Wed, 19 Mar 2008 06:08:00 UTC | #139021

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