This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

Alun ap Rhisiart's Profile

Alun ap Rhisiart's Avatar Joined about 6 years ago
Gender: Male

Latest Discussions Started by Alun ap Rhisiart

More Discussions by Alun ap Rhisiart

Latest Comments by Alun ap Rhisiart

Go to: Sex abuse rife in other religions, says Vatican

Alun ap Rhisiart's Avatar Jump to comment 110 by Alun ap Rhisiart

j.mills, you are correct in that any priest who is expected to be alone with children has to have the background check. The point is these checks will only show up something if they have been caught in the past. What we know is that the RC church at least covers up these incidents and tries to silence the victim, so there wouldn't be anything in the background of paedophile priests until finally they are caught, and this may well not be after the first time.

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 18:52:00 UTC | #402355

Go to: Sex abuse rife in other religions, says Vatican

Alun ap Rhisiart's Avatar Jump to comment 94 by Alun ap Rhisiart

The astonishing thing is how much leeway people are willing to give to this vile organisation. At my daughter's primary school in scotland, the headmistress is a christian, and at least a couple of times a term she has the local Church of Scotland or RC vicar/priest into the school. After all these issues with paedophiles, and more importantly the way the RC church has covered up for them and not supported the victims; and after the Ryan Report and all that information about physical and mental abuse of children; I would assume they would be automatically banned from entering schools (let alone running them). But no! It seems there is nothing they can do that is so bad that christians would keep them away from children.

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 11:02:00 UTC | #402182

Go to: The Sea Turtle's Tale: Back to the sea, and back again to the land

Alun ap Rhisiart's Avatar Jump to comment 16 by Alun ap Rhisiart

Rod, the photographer is Steve McCurry, from Magnum, a great photographer, as you say.
http://www.magnumphotos.com/Archive/C.aspx?VP=XSpecific_MAG.PhotographerDetail_VPage&l1=0&pid=2K7O3R13O2CM&nm=Steve McCurry

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 01:09:00 UTC | #272782

Go to: Face to faith

Alun ap Rhisiart's Avatar Jump to comment 27 by Alun ap Rhisiart

I still think religious 'education' is much to blame. If you study music you start with scales. If you study maths, you start with addition. If you study religion, you start with whatever the local flavour is - what? In the local primary school they teach Christianity, Judaism and Islam (ie only one religion, one god). No context.

So in conversation with Christians, I say, 'who am I describing? Someone from the Middle East a long time ago. Born on December 25th, his mother was a virgin, three Magi came to his birth bearing gifts. He grew up as an itinerant teacher with 12 disciples, and performed miracles. He was called The Good Shepherd; The Way, the Truth and the Light; Saviour; and Messiah. He had a last supper, and was killed, but came back to life after three days. His followers celebrate this every year, and baptise themselves with water'.

You are correct, of course, I'm talking about Mithra, first mentioned in the Rig Veda, perhaps 1200 - 1700 years BCE. The story was well known to the greeks and the romans. Christians think their copy is unique and incredible, however.

Sun, 07 Sep 2008 01:28:00 UTC | #230820

Go to: Genesis and the origin of the Origin of the species

Alun ap Rhisiart's Avatar Jump to comment 76 by Alun ap Rhisiart

What more can be said? I have sometimes had the misfortune to listen to 'Thought for the Day' on Radio 4 (which only allows contributions from people unable to think, in general); Jonathan Sacks had appeared on numerous occasions, and I have never yet heard a sensible word uttered from his mouth. This is par for the course.

It is a nice illustration of how vacuous theist arguments are, I guess.

Sun, 31 Aug 2008 01:46:00 UTC | #227414

More Comments by Alun ap Rhisiart