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Go to: Christians must choose between religion and obeying law, says equalities chief Trevor Phillips

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At last someone gets it, not often you hear someone from government talking sense. I think I need to sit down after the shock.

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:32:13 UTC | #918806

Go to: Free Bibles being sent to all schools

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The facetious version....

Dear Mr Grove, unfortunately the fiction section of our library is currently full and our children seem to prefer modern titles such as Harry Potter rather than classics like Jane Eyre and the King James Bible. Perhaps this title could be returned to the publisher and have the value provided as a book token so that the pupils in our school can make their own choice.

Sensible version ....

Dear Mr Grove, Thank you for the gift of a King James Bible, unfortunately we are unable to accept it as in our muilti-faith school we would be compelled to make available copies of other religious texts that represent the diversity of our pupils. Due to budget restraints we would be unable to justify purchasing the other religious texts to meet our obligation to be non discriminatory. Perhaps it would be possible for us to chose an alternative title that would meet the requirements of the curriculum. In RE this would be a title that would help explain the beliefs of many faiths or perhaps a history title that documents the history of King James and how the Bible came into being as part of history of England.

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 23:37:28 UTC | #895156

Go to: The Magic of Reality for iPad by Richard Dawkins - trailer

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Comment 10 by Richard Dawkins :

Perhaps it should be called, not an app but an 'enhanced e-book'. Or a bapp? It is big and expensive for an app but cheap for a book, and it is actually both.

Richard

Hmm that is maybe, but never the less it is an 'e' book that has none of the distribution costs of printed media, personally I think the price is far to steep for something where the only costs are the initial production and zero reproduction costs. Not only is is an e book I never get to own it like a real book, A real book gives me the freedom to loan it to people or give it to a charity shop to resell when I have finished with it. an iApp has no resale value and should be priced accordingly.

Tue, 27 Sep 2011 18:56:05 UTC | #875744

Go to: Atheism and discussion of death

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You have to consider your motives for wanting to share your position with others. You could argue that inappropriately attempting to explain your position in a time of grief is the very same exploitation that religious people are guilty of, using the grief as an opportunity. If nobody has asked you for your opinion then there is no need to give it, you have no duty to try and save their soul like religious people claim to have.

I would argue that the main purpose of trying to convince religious people that they are misguided is to make the world a better place, undermining the beliefs that a terminally ill person has that is a comfort to them is going to achieve little I think. If someone asks you for your opinion by all means give it otherwise let them get on with it as you are doing. I feel it would be much more productive to have such discussions at more appropriate times, Don't expect people to think rationally at a time of grief, that is exactly why the religious people use it as a way to convince people.

Mon, 09 May 2011 18:34:33 UTC | #625020

Go to: Support Christian missions in Africa? No, but . . .

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The rise of Islam is often considered a threat to our way of life, especially with the extreme demonstrations of Islamic fundamentalists to impose their beliefs on everyone. Many people from countries that were once predominantly Christian such as the USA and UK are rightly outraged at the injustices that are carried out in the name of Islam, the stoning of women for something as basic as the desire to learn to read and write, is quite obviously abhorrent. However people must have very short memories because it wasn’t that long ago that such barbaric practices were carried out in the name of Christianity. We burned many women accusing them of witchcraft and many heretics who did nothing more that disagree with the established teachings of the church.

The western countries reaction to this perceived threat is counterproductive to the progress that society has made in recent decades. Despite the failure of multiculturalism in Britain to unify the multi-ethnic population resulting in distinct cultural communities who largely remain isolated instead of integrating the UK Government it is trying to accommodate all religious groups and actively encourage them to take part in providing social services to the community resulting in an increase in the number 'Faith Schools'. The USA on the other hand seems to be pro-actively attempting to integrate Christianity into the administration of the Country, attempting to tie the American national identity to Christianity. The major advances in society have been made by reducing the influence that Religious groups have on the state thorough secular government.

The answer is not to pander to the Religious groups but to continue to peruse the separation of church and state. While there might be a temptation to side with the lesser of two evils the problem is it legitimises religion as being part of the political process. The only answer is to keep religion out of politics, our public services should be completely impartial and Religion should be something that is confined to the Churches, Mosques and Synagogues not be given any place in the leadership of governments.

Sun, 08 May 2011 21:30:50 UTC | #624706

Go to: UPDATE: DAWKINS/HARRIS - NOW SOLD OUT

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Glad to see some of the disappointed people are now getting their tickets, will see some of you there. If you are visiting oxford the shopping is rubbish but it is a nice city and it is worth a walk around one or two of the colleges.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:08:42 UTC | #610390

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"I feel very blessed to have received my two tickets! Was on at 9:59am refreshing away, and managed to complete my order 13 mins later after MULTIPLE crashes."

LOL, it must have been divine intervention, God selected you, what other explanation is there, it couldn't be random chance could it ?

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:13:17 UTC | #610275

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Have received a confirmation email now so it looks promising that I managed to get a ticket, pleased about that but sorry for all the people who missed out. I'd be happy to take a video camera if it is allowed by the organisers.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:03:04 UTC | #610270

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I think it a bit unfair those questioning Richards motives.

I think that Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennet, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens are all passionate about exposing Religion for the fraud it is. Yes they earn royalties from the books they publish, but any one of you are welcome to write a book if you have the time and skills.

It is good that these people have made a name for themselves, they are making a difference by being the high profile faces of Atheism and that is a good thing that there are people like them willing to push ahead against all the religious propaganda. So what if they earn royalties from their books and this is bolstered by their popularity. They have worked hard to gain their popularity and there is by no means any suggestion that they are in it just for the money. I'm sure they are very happy that their books are popular and earn them a nice royalty, but to suggest that is their main motivation is ridiculous.

There are far better ways to earn money than writing a book that appeals to a minority audience, especially in Richard's case I think he could easily earn much more with his scientific background than he could from spending time talking about religion and writing books about it.

With the exception of Sam, all these guys are at the point that they should be retiring but they have such a passion for what they do they continue anyway. If you think you can match this dedication then stop squealing about their motives and show us what you are made of and do something better yourself.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 10:55:17 UTC | #610266

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@Klarkster, same here payment confirmation but no email from BHA, I fear that this will have turned out to be a big mess and that at some point we will be told that more tickets were charged for than are available. Has anyone had a confirmation email from BHA ?

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 10:31:16 UTC | #610251

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It is a shame that things are handled in this way as it all it achieves is frustration for people who miss out due to the site not working. I hope they learn from this mistake and handle things differently in the future.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 10:00:41 UTC | #610239

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@Cluebot

Not really the point, it happens so often web sites set a particular time to start a sale only to collapse under the load. It is just poor management to publicise these things in advance and announce a start time that will overwhelm the server. I'm not suggesting they need to spend money on a high spec hosting solution, just know the limitations of what they have and organise things accordingly.

It would suggest that it would be better to have the page for sale of tickets up first then start announcing it at various sites so that the demand is not so high at one single point.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 09:45:20 UTC | #610233

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He He, with special guest star Brian Cox on keyboards.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 09:30:48 UTC | #610227

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Why is it that people seem incapable of building websites that can cope with demand. The british humanist website keeps throwing up internal error messages. It seems a bit silly to me to pre-announce a starting time for purchasing so that lots of visitors hit your site at once when it is running on an old ZX-81 attached to the end of a pice of sting.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 09:18:37 UTC | #610224

Go to: Clinton John Dawkins

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Sorry to hear your sad news, the fact that we all know that death is certain doesn't make it any easier to accept. It really brings home the reality and shows why religious people wish so hard for there to be something more that they are willing to overlook the facts (perhaps not consciously) and convince themselves that falsehoods are true in a bid to alleviate the pain of their loss.

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 11:58:44 UTC | #561284

Go to: Bills wide receiver appears to blame God for his costly dropped pass in overtime

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The funniest thing about this is, even if there were a God why would this supreme being be interested in a GAME!.

What would a God possibly have to gain from intervening in a game, especially when many of the players on both sides have similar beliefs. It is not as if the outcome of the game has any significance, not only are these people deluded for believing in sky fairies, they are also taking themselves far to seriously if they think that such a sky fairy would be interested in their silly games.

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 11:59:15 UTC | #557780

Go to: Prince Charles blames world’s ills on 'soulless consumerism' and Galileo

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It is alright for the prince who is given all the money he wants by those of us who have to earn a living. Someone has got to fund research and the people funding it often want to see at least some of that money back. So if the prince wants to setup a foundation that funds research projects that do not need any commercial bias then feel free Charlie Boy.

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 08:26:14 UTC | #478751