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Go to: Dawkins preaches to the deluded against the divine

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Zmike wrote:

The standard ultra-conservative line from the right wing hatesheet known as The Australian. As an Australian, I officially apologise on behalf of our nation for our poor standard of so-called journalism.

As a UK citizen, I'd like to apologise on behalf of our nation for Melanie Phillips.

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:50:00 UTC | #449948

Go to: Suffer the little children

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This article brought it home to me as it happened somewhere about 10 miles from where I live, just a few decades ago. It must not be allowed to happen again.

Tue, 19 Jan 2010 16:03:00 UTC | #433053

Go to: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Licentiousness breeds extremism

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Comment #449828 by hungarianelephant on January

My money is on Worcester.

Where in Worcester? I seem to be missing all the debauchery when I go out. I'll take a closer look this Friday....

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 18:06:00 UTC | #430993

Go to: Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry vs. The Catholics

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Oooh, look at what is coming up: Intelligence Squared with Dawkins and Grayling, 29th November.

Can I get to Oxford and back on that day? Worth a try.

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:55:00 UTC | #412440

Go to: Scientists win place for evolution in primary schools

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Excellent news. Some schools, however, have been covering evolution anyway. My wife's primary did a whole term covering the topic to coincide with the Darwin anniversaries. This included a visit from a local natural historian, in character as Charles Darwin, explaining his findings on the Galapagos Islands. Another series of sessions covered discovering a new species on an island with the children making predictions as to how it would be adapted to its environment. By all accounts, a great success.

What next: a push to end compulsory Christian worship in UK Primary Schools? Thought not.

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 14:01:00 UTC | #412232

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