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Go to: Atheists 'not fully human', says Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor

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I too have finally got round to signing the petition because of this

Fri, 15 May 2009 02:00:00 UTC | #360275

Go to: On the Origin of a Theory

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I love the story about Darwin's children, who, when visiting their friends, would ask 'Where does your father do his barnacles?'

Thu, 19 Jun 2008 02:35:00 UTC | #186001

Go to: Lying for Jesus?

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as Richard Dawkins famously said, "half an eye is exactly 1% more useful than 49% of an eye".


This is of course incorrect. Half an eye is about 2.04% more useful than 49% of an eye.

Thu, 08 May 2008 00:54:00 UTC | #167724

Go to: Christmas with Christopher Hitchens

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Castletonsnob #34

So no one else is the slightest bit concerned that Hitchens' idea of family fun is vacationing in a communist dictatorship openly hostile toward the United States?


Well, count me in as one of those who isn't the slightest bit concerned about this. Why should I be?

Mon, 24 Dec 2007 02:19:00 UTC | #98132

Go to: God's honest truth?

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Faith schools here in the UK receive the majority of their funding from the state. Most only put around 10% of the costs in from their own pocket.


This is a common misconception. In fact maintained schools (which most church schools are) get much more than 90% subsidy. All of their running costs are provided by the state and at least 90% of their capital costs. Sometimes even the requirement to provide 10% of capital costs is waived.

Also the church does not usually provide their proportion of the capital costs anyway. It is often provided by a (voluntary) levy on the parents.

At a meeting at my local school, I asked how much money the diocese (Southwark) paid for the priviledges associated with running the C of E school. The answer was £0.00.

Fri, 19 Oct 2007 00:17:00 UTC | #76178

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