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Secularists & Sundays

danconquer - 23 March 2012 33 Comments

In deference to Christian religious custom, most businesses in England were legally prohibited from trading on Sundays until only a couple of decades ago. When the the law was relaxed, the...

TAGGED: RELIGION, SOCIETY

"Judge For Yourself!"

danconquer - 28 January 2012 62 Comments

Question: Since when is a streak of light on a pane of glass a news story? The depressing answer is as of lunchtime on the 28th of January. Specially featured on the BBC News homepage (and...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, MEDIA

When religion goes adults-only

danconquer - 08 August 2011 19 Comments

Over the last year a very interesting proposed law has been causing quite a stir in Tajikistan, although it is only more recently, as the law is passing the final stages (it was signed off by the...

TAGGED: CHILDREN, LAW, RELIGION

Welcome to the 21st century!

danconquer - 06 June 2011 11 Comments

Well you learn something new every day! Until this morning I had no idea that there is a country in the EU in which, thanks to the overweening presence of supernaturalists, divorce is currently ...

TAGGED: RELIGION, SECULARISM, SOCIETY

Manufacturing 'persecution'

danconquer - 23 April 2011 31 Comments

One of the fastest growing leisure pursuits in recent times for the supernaturally-inclined of every flavour, is the game of 'Cry Persecution! '. The aim of the game requires that players Cry...

TAGGED: RELIGION, SOCIETY

The declining quality of miracles

danconquer - 14 January 2011 27 Comments

The rampant coverage being awarded in supposedly 'serious' news outlets to the attribution of a 'miracle' to the late Pope JP(mk-II) could so easily be a source of despairing eye-rolling for sane...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, RELIGION, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM

Not just a piece of rubber y'know...

danconquer - 08 January 2011 38 Comments

...Oh no, it's a fully fledged, state-of-the-art Power Balance Band ™©® folks, as reported here in this BBC news article showing a number of recently-victorious England cricketers wearing the...

TAGGED: IRRATIONALITY, MEDIA, SOCIETY

A Landmark Court Case

danconquer - 12 December 2010 43 Comments

On Monday 13th December 2010, Bristol County Court are due to hear a first-of-its-kind dispute. The 2007 Equality Act Regulations require that any business offering goods or services to the public...

TAGGED: HATE, HUMAN RIGHTS, LAW

Privileges/exemptions enjoyed by religion?

danconquer - 18 November 2010 19 Comments

One of the most fundamental and important concepts of the Rule Of Law is that the law - and especially criminal laws - must apply to everyone . So when governments agree to exempt supernatural...

TAGGED: LAW, RELIGION, SECULARISM

"Alcohol More Harmful Than Heroin"

danconquer - 01 November 2010 60 Comments

Professor David Nutt is a scientist who last year was sacked from his UK governmental advisory position for daring to challenge the cosy orthodoxy as to which drugs are the most/least dangerous. ...

TAGGED: --, CHEMISTRY, LAW, POLITICS, SCIENCE