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Go to: Out of the labs, into the pubs

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SITP the pub has just started up here in Nottingham too. Unfortunately I've not managed to make it to either of the first two nights yet, but I'm eagerly looking forward to the next one!

EDIT: I just went looking for any feedback on last week's meet, and came across a mention of this -

My ticket is already booked - can I convince you to give a talk Richard?

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 18:00:00 UTC | #448833

Go to: Catholics dictating terms

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goddamit Paula, I wish you'd write something that I didn't totally agree with once in a while, just for a bit of variety!

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 16:59:00 UTC | #448106

Go to: The Pod Delusion Episode 21

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I've been subscribed to the Pod Delusion for 2 or 3 months now, and generally enjoy it very much (although I have been surprised/infuriated with a couple of the "features"). Keep up the good work Psythor.

Sat, 13 Feb 2010 15:41:00 UTC | #441100

Go to: [UPDATE 21-Jan - Video Added] Richard Live on 'The Daily Politics' Today

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I remember Catholic children...

The children of Catholic parents surely ;-)

Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:22:00 UTC | #433466

Go to: A message from Simon Singh:

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Might be your browser or something. There was a button to press when I did it.

By the way my MP responded within about half an hour yesterday - well his secretary did, but only a standard reply to say that he'll be in touch in due course. As this is only the latest of many many emails and letters I've sent him on similar topics over the years I don't think it's going to have any great effect though.

Sat, 12 Dec 2009 06:21:00 UTC | #422733

Go to: Business as usual for Vatican Enterprises, Inc.

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Its not only Anglicans that should be grateful. I'm also incredibly grateful too, because this has to be a really big nudge towards disestablishment of the C of E, and once that hurdle is over we can stop having to pander to all the other cults too.

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 05:25:00 UTC | #408195

Go to: [UPDATE] Campaign to win official apology for Alan Turing

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Whilst I am in awe of Alan Turing's achievements (my field being computer science), and feel desperately for his persecution (my great uncle was imprisoned for a similar offence in the late 30s), I have to say that I really don't see the point in this campaign.

Apologies should only come from the guilty party, and be made to the wronged person/people.

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 18:51:00 UTC | #389527

Go to: Church lady: Righteousness, Rep. Kern-style

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There's one positive to cretins like this woman. They are a perfect example of the evils of religion. I'd been an "apatheist" all my life up until about 10 or 12 years ago. I was an atheist because it was just common sense, but I never thought about it - it just wasn't important. Then I got into a conversation with a woman from the mid-west on a business trip to the US, and she started coming out with this sort of bullshit. I'd never heard the like of it before. I hadn't realised that such wingnuts existed in the developed world before. That one conversation was the spark that lit my "militant atheism", and so I have complete confidence that this woman and her ilk can bring others out of their slumber too.

Fri, 03 Jul 2009 21:00:00 UTC | #375895

Go to: Pastor Urges His Flock to Bring Guns to Church

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Ah! - makes me feel mighty proud NOT to be an American ... or a Christian ... or a gun owner.

Fri, 26 Jun 2009 21:48:00 UTC | #374140

Go to: Man refuses to drive 'No God' bus

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I used to live in Southampton, and still have a few friends down there. I think I may have to pay them a visit and spend the whole weekend riding round on buses in a suitably provocative t-shirt, on the off chance I come across this retard ;)

Sat, 17 Jan 2009 02:54:00 UTC | #307220

Go to: New Bus Campaign

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Its difficult (which is why I'm not a copywriter!). I think being too confrontational would risk losing the support of the vast majority - those who are just apathetic to religion - not theists, but not self-described atheists either.

I'd suggest keeping the same basic slogan, but with a large number of different versions, each replacing the the word "god" with something else, such as other gods (Thor, Zeus etc) and mythical beings (fairies, dragons, leprechauns etc).

The slogan is getting pretty well established in the public psyche, so these would be instantly recognisable as variants. The ending could possibly be tweaked slightly too...

There's probably no Zeus. Now stop worrying and enjoy the only life you have.

There's probably no Thor so stop worrying and enjoy the one life you get.

There's probably no leprechauns. Stop worrying and make something of your one go at life.

There's probably no fairies, so stop worrying and make the most of your life.

There's probably no after-life. Now stop worrying and do something for your fellow humans in this one.

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:58:00 UTC | #304458

Go to: Teachers 'beat and abuse' Muslim children in British Koran classes

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I volunteer an hour a week to help 6/7 year olds with reading practise at a local school. Even though I, and the other 2 or 3 volunteers that are there at any one time, are always in sight of both each other, and several teachers, at all times, I still had to go through the CRB check before I could start. How on earth do these people get away with not being checked - and then blacklisted when caught beating the kids?

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 11:29:00 UTC | #285700

Go to: Interview with Nicholas Wade

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Its not that we Brits don't "get" it. Its that we don't "get" it !?!?!

Attempting to view these clips displays a message to say that they are not available here.

The few times I have seen Colbert I have (usually) found him funny - and it goes without saying that I love The Daily Show (we "get" that on the More 4 channel).

Mon, 08 Dec 2008 21:40:00 UTC | #284866

Go to: New Simonyi Chair appointed

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Congratulations to Marcus. A good choice. I too have been enjoying The History of Maths on BBC4 (although of course it has tended to skip over anything requiring too much in the way of real mathematical knowledge). I also enjoyed "The music of the primes". I hadn't heard of his new book.

Tue, 28 Oct 2008 23:00:00 UTC | #259923

Go to: All aboard the atheist bus campaign

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As there's been such an over-subscription to this, I have a suggestion.

Keep the same wording on the majority of posters, but to emphasise the correct use of the word "probably" (in a scientifically unprovaeable sense), replace the word "god" on every tenth bus with "fairies", or "unicorns" etc.

Tue, 21 Oct 2008 21:38:00 UTC | #254915

Go to: Catholic priests cane YouTube over blasphemous vids

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"is only in the last couple of decades that Catholics have been able to receive the host in their hands during Communion, and the outbreak of host-jacking as documented on YouTube could mean a return to the traditional drop-on-tongue method."

Well its to be hoped they make the priests wash their hands first then. You never know what germs are lurking on choirboy's bottoms.

Fri, 03 Oct 2008 03:46:00 UTC | #245762

Go to: Cathedral seminar to equip clerics to deal with Dawkins

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Oh yes sorry, I see I'd got confused. McGrath is only advertised as being involved in one of the sessions for the general public. They obviously wouldn't inflict him on themselves ;)

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 03:57:00 UTC | #239929

Go to: Cathedral seminar to equip clerics to deal with Dawkins

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Oh how I'd love to be a fly on the wall at this little shindig. One has to imagine they may be a little more honest in a clergy only session that when they are indoctrinating their sheep. I can just see it now....

"What do you recomend when faced with a difficult question Dr McGrath"

"Well what I would like to say is that I like to waffle on about nothing for quarter of an hour then strike a smug pose that suggests I think I've answered it"

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 03:41:00 UTC | #239916

Go to: Turkish edition of The Ancestor's Tale sells out within a day!

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"f they can have an illustrated version of the Da Vinci Code, then surely Ancestor's Tale should qualify as a candidate."

I bought it when it first came out in (very large) hardback and it was fully illustrated. I must admit that when the paperback came out, I imagined it would be a much less impressive book (although I haven't actually seen a copy of the PB close up).

Edit: correct a typo

Sat, 20 Sep 2008 08:38:00 UTC | #237678

Go to: Christians challenge teaching of evolution

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The comments thread underneath this (in the original linked article), has either been the subject of a concerted attack by a cretinist group, or NZ is chock full of nutjobs.

Fri, 04 Jul 2008 20:05:00 UTC | #194041

Go to: Storm erupts over 'virginity' divorce

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Oh dear. I have to admit that I'm also "ignoran[t] of epithelial turnover in mucous membranes". Please don't lump in with this guy though :D

Fri, 30 May 2008 07:52:00 UTC | #176959

Go to: Richard Dawkins interviewed by John Humphrys on Cardinal Murphy O'Connor

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I listened to Richards (very short) interview first and thought what a good job he'd done in the time allowed, but after listening to the cardinal's (much longer) interview, I have to say that Richard wasn't nearly as effective in showing religion up to be the vacuous nonsense it is.

Fri, 09 May 2008 09:32:00 UTC | #168488

Go to: Pat Condell: Anthology DVD available now!

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I'm tempted, but why does the website of a British scientist have to offer a DVD of a British comedian on bloody NTSC ?

Tue, 29 Apr 2008 20:13:00 UTC | #163959

Go to: They prayed to cast Satan from my body

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Hmmm, there's a Gloria Jeans recently opened up over the road from my office (in Nottingham, UK). I haven't been in yet because I'm not much of a consumer of "trendy coffee" - I much prefer a good strong cup of tea - I am English after all ;)

However I know a lot of people from my office have, including a couple of gay guys, and many more that would self identify as being VERY liberal. I shall make sure I inform them of this outfit's fundie links. I just checked the UK website and they're supporting Mercy Ministries over here too.

Tue, 18 Mar 2008 01:23:00 UTC | #138256

Go to: Fleabytes

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Excellent review(s) Paula. I certainly could not have written this. Not only because I'm not much of a writer, but also because I could not have put myself through the frustration of reading these (Robertson's posts on here were more than enough thankyou).

It occured to me that only an ex-theist such as yourself is really in a position to do this, because your experience gives you the ability to be able to distill the meaning (where there is any!) amongst all the gibberish that passes for Christian prose. To me, and I'm sure the majority of others who've never been theists, the mindless waffle just reads as, well, mindless waffle, and I'm incapable of extracting what is that the author is trying to say.

For example when he says "That is where grace, salvation, the cross and all the wonderful truths of the acts of God in Christ come into their own.", what exactly is the word 'cross' doing in that sentence, and what are the 'truths of the acts of God in Christ'? I'm sure to Christians (and ex Christians who have the reqisite experience) the word cross conjures up feeleings of JC dying for their salvation or something, but if so then why not say that. To me it is nonsensical.

Wed, 20 Feb 2008 04:35:00 UTC | #123592

Go to: Charles Simonyi Professorship in the Public Understanding of Science

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A possible candidate that springs to mind for me is V.S. Ramachandran.

You beat me to it. But at least you've saved me googling how to spell his name ;)

I'd also like to add myself to the list of those that appreciate your contribution over the years Richard, and I look forward to the new extra shrill version!

Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:51:00 UTC | #119246

Go to: Ken Ham in Leicester April 2008

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I'm also a firm believer that laughter/ridicule is the best weapon in our arsenal.

I had an idea that I think would really hit the spot, but I don't have the wherewithall/contacts to organise it, and its probably too late for this current "tour" by AiG anyway.

Wouldn't it be great if an adjacent or nearby venue could be hired out on the same night to host a comedy gig. Call it something like "Answers in Genesis - you must be joking!", and get a couple of comedians to deliver cretinist inspired stand-up routines. If proceeds went to some worthy cause (that Christians always seem to think they have the monopoly on) then even better.

Thu, 24 Jan 2008 14:58:00 UTC | #110255

Go to: George Scales, War Hero and Generous Friend of RDFRS

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There's not much I could say that hasn't already been said, so I'll just keep it to a brief "get well soon", and thank you for supporting this most important of initiatives.

All the best

Mon, 14 Jan 2008 21:38:00 UTC | #106259

Go to: 'Atheistic fundamentalism' fears

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I emailed the bish, but I don't really expect a reply:

Dear Mr Morgan

I have just read some excerpts from your Christmas message at

Whilst I wouldn't expect your stance to be anything other than scornful of those who don't share your beliefs, I feel I have to ask whether you're the only person still left in Britain who isn't aware that the annual "Winterval" scare is nothing more than paranoia. This was a one-off, three month long business promotion run by Birmingham council during winter over ten years ago. It was not in any way shape or form a replacement for "traditional Christmas" festivities, and indeed the council's regular Christmas events took place as normal that year.

Are you really so ignorant of the facts surrounding affairs which you choose to include in your speech, and which I would have assumed you would take an interest in anyway by virtue of your job, or are you simply another in a long line of Christians who feels its OK to "lie for Jesus".

I would be very interested to know which it is.

Yours sincerely

Sat, 22 Dec 2007 09:28:00 UTC | #97558

Go to: Borders Tags Atheist Book with 'O Come All Ye Faithless' Cards

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"...but I would have hoped that ... we might have grown out of this kind of nonsense."

Exactly Mr Edwrards, exactly !

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 00:16:00 UTC | #95971