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Go to: Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry

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Best Christian theme park ever:

Tierra Santa | Buenos Aires | You Tube

Holy shit!

Sun, 06 May 2012 07:53:54 UTC | #940096

Go to: Richard Dawkins on Beautiful Minds - BBC Four Wed April 25

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Comment 16 by Ode2Hitch

On a more serious note, does anyone here know if this programme is a repeat?

Nope, it's episode 3 of the new series. I've not watched the second programme yet but the first was fun and featured a leather-clad motorbike-riding Jenny Clack.

BBC | Beautiful Minds

Btw if anyone has yet to discover the delights of Horrible Histories (ostensibly a children's programme but actually one of the cleverest and funniest things you'll ever see on your telly-box) then start here with episode two of series four which features a section on evolution during which Charles Darwin sings a pastiche of David Bowie's "Changes".

It's pure genius.

BBC | Horrible Histories

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:59:41 UTC | #935678

Go to: Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

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Is it acceptable for a modern prime minister to espouse Christian values so openly?

Vote Here (The Guardian)

Wed, 04 Apr 2012 12:39:00 UTC | #932331

Go to: Prime Minister’s dissembling, hypocritical and disingenuous speech to religious leaders

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Comment 6 by irate atheist

At least with Margaret Thatcher, you could could trust that what she said was what she meant, even if you disagreed vehemently with her.

What he says is what he means. He just doesn't have a clue what it is.

Wed, 04 Apr 2012 09:47:26 UTC | #932287

Go to: Richard Dawkins to be new Archbishop of Canterbury

Go to: Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government

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Rather than relying on an article in a deeply Catholic supporting newspaper to know what this is all about, here is the full and detailed National Secular Society submission to the court:

Eweida & Chaplain | Ladele & McFarlane | Submissions on Behalf of the National Secular Society

Eweida and Chaplain are the symbol brandishing BA and NHS employees.

Ladele and McFarlane are employees of the London Borough of Islington and Relate (a counselling service) in respect of a separate issue where they refused to provide services to teh ghey.

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 11:03:02 UTC | #926122

Go to: Countless millions of taxpayers’ money spent on discrimination in schools

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The long-term danger is to the teaching profession as a whole when the brightest graduates see that if they go into teaching then, without religion, their employment and promotion opportunities will be severely limited.

Even, putting that aside, they will also realise that, in some areas, they may not be able to teach openly, honestly and challengingly according to the best current knowledge or may be prevented from offering the fullest protection to bullied students.

The religious, on the other hand, can see opportunities employment and advancement purely on the fact of holding a belief and a willingness to indoctrinate children with it.

The whole profession could become gradually more stupid and religious.

Thu, 08 Mar 2012 13:41:25 UTC | #925373

Go to: Dress-wearing 73 year-old unmarried celibate man vehemently supports thing he has no experience of

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Comment 12 by xmaseveeve

I'm so angry at just having heard the head of the UK Christian Party - the what?? - on BBC News 24, saying a dog can form a partnership with a cat (implying that gay people are not human) and that homosexuality is a 'symptom' which 'denotes' (although he said donates) that society is 'turning away from God'.

Wow. This guy is a real stoater!!!!! He repeatedly stated that his is the mainstream view of homosexuality and any politician saying otherwise just wants votes. Get your head around that one. It worries me that this guy can vote, never mind lead a political party.

It is a bizarre fact that the Reverend George Hargreaves (for it is he) gets much of the money he needs to run his party and campaigns from the royalties he earned and continues to earn by way of his involvement in writing and producing Sinitta's enduringly popular 80s gay disco hit "So Macho".

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 22:22:09 UTC | #924442

Go to: Dress-wearing 73 year-old unmarried celibate man vehemently supports thing he has no experience of

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For anyone lucky enough to have missed it this morning, perhaps you would now like the opportunity to suffer like the rest of us and read the article from the Sunday Telegraph today that inspired this satire:

Cardinal Keith O'Brien | We Cannot Afford to Indulge This Madness

Steady yourselves.

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 20:33:16 UTC | #924393

Go to: Poll: Given Choice Between Romney and Santorum, Most Voters Choose Suicide

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The Daily Beast asked readers to describe each of the Republican candidates in one word and then produced word clouds based on the results. The results are very enjoyable.

Word Clouds for Republican Candidates | The Daily Beast

Tue, 28 Feb 2012 11:10:55 UTC | #922737

Go to: Catholics hear anti-Obama letter in church

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It's a pity they didn't act this quickly and get this worked up in respect of child rape.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:41:50 UTC | #922037

Go to: Santorum, Satan and the Fate of the Freeworld

Go to: Mormons baptize Holocaust victim Anne Frank posthumously, says report

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You can get your own back by using this website to make a dead Mormon gay:

All Dead Mormons Are Now Gay

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 19:42:26 UTC | #921194

Go to: The Men Behind The War On Women

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"The bishops came out of nowhere"

No-one expects the Spanish Inquisition.........

Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:42:52 UTC | #920481

Go to: Santorum Sacks Sinister Secularism

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Mon, 20 Feb 2012 18:15:22 UTC | #920067

Go to: The Sins of the Fathers [Also in Polish]

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Well, there I was walking home just now happily digesting a fine Saturday night curry when I suddenly remembered this and thought I'd better share:

Church of England Apologises for "Central Role" in Slave Trade | BBC

And do you know what? The story was also covered in another media outlet:

Church of England Apologises for "Central Role" in Slave Trade | Telegraph

Yup, the very same.

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 00:03:10 UTC | #919425

Go to: The Sins of the Fathers [Also in Polish]

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No-one by the name of Adam on the list of Telegraph journalists.

Could be a freelancer. Or someone on the run from the local asylum.

Some advice for anyone dealing with this sort of stuff:

a) always get the name of the journalist, their contact details and the publication he/she claims to represent;

b) establish the exact purpose of the conversation and the context in which any information will be used (including an outline of the article, the intended date of publication and who else has been approached);

c) establish the exact terms on which you are speaking ie on the record (you can be quoted directly), non-attributable (you can be quoted but not by name eg. "sources close to X said"), for background information only (you are educating not commenting publicly);

d) if it's someone you don't know and trust assume you are on the record;

e) remember that mixing terms within the same briefing usually goes wrong as neither side ever has the same memory over which bits were on the record or not;

f) take contemporaneous notes;

g) agree at the end what has been said and on what terms; and

h) if you are at all unhappy with the conduct of the interview, ring back and speak to the editor.

Finally, keep this handy.

Sat, 18 Feb 2012 14:23:59 UTC | #919217

Go to: Queen highlights Church of England's duty to all faiths

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The Queen was accompanied by Prince Philip at the multi-faith reception.

How appropriate.

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 10:57:21 UTC | #918430

Go to: RDFRS UK/Ipsos MORI Poll #2: UK Christians oppose special influence for religion in public policy

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Comment 21 by Cartomancer

Somebody had best check that Nadine Dorries has her heart medicine to hand before she reads tomorrow's papers...

The undead have no need for heart medicine.

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:48:01 UTC | #917610

Go to: Why Romney's Religion Matters

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Did Mitt Romney Posthumously Convert Atheist Father-in-Law?

One of the creepier corners of Mitt Romney's uncannily flawless life story is the fact that he not only drew his bride, Ann Romney, over to his weird religion: He converted her entire family as well. This despite the fact that Ann's father, Edward Davies, was a committed atheist who insisted on raising his children without religion.

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 10:15:01 UTC | #913371

Go to: For Rick Santorum, a Pregnancy That Is the Result of Rape Is a ‘Broken Gift’

Go to: Worrying developments for freedom of expression in the UK

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In case anyone hasn't seen it, here is the final statement by UCL Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society in respect of the Jesus and Mo incident:

Final Statement | UCL Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society

Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:11:47 UTC | #910299

Go to: Worrying developments for freedom of expression in the UK

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The president of University College London's atheist society has now resigned following the row over the Jesus and Mo cartoon. The petition supporting the society has also been closed:

Muhammad Cartoon Row at UCL Leads to Resignation | BBC

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:34:12 UTC | #909750

Go to: Worrying developments for freedom of expression in the UK

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In the latest development, a talk organised yesterday by the Queen Mary College (University of London) Atheism, Secularism and Humanism Society on “Sharia Law and Human Rights” had to be cancelled after threats of violence.

The president of the society describes what happened here:

Death Threats at Atheist Meeting | British Humanist Association

Scary stuff. The police have been called in.

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:39:10 UTC | #909365

Go to: Growing use of Sharia by UK Muslims

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Comment 1 by Dave Dynamite

Why shouldn't communities be empowered to make their own arbitrations based on their own cultural values? There seems to be a rather racist implication here that I might expect in the Murdoch press, but is unworthy of the BBC (which is supported by Muslim taxpayers as well as atheists and Anglicans).

Putting aside the issue of vulnerable people (such as new immigrants, those who do not speak English or who have been deliberately kept unaware of their rights under English law) being coerced by "community leaders" into appearing before these "courts" and putting aside the fact that "muslim" is not a race, the real thing that is "unworthy" here is not the BBC's coverage but the implication that there is a class of people in this country who are not entitled to the same law and human rights as the rest of us.

I would say that was where any real implication of racism lies.

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:11:14 UTC | #908946

Go to: Ants turned into 'supersoldiers'

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"Your clothes. Give them to me. Now."

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 23:42:58 UTC | #908056

Go to: Tesco slump due to divine intervention, says Christian pressure group

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Stephen "I'm Feeling a Bit Persecuted" Green gets a message from above. A true classic. Enjoy.

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:44:43 UTC | #908005

Go to: Tesco slump due to divine intervention, says Christian pressure group

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Another sufferer from Gay Obsessive Disorder (GOD).

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:33:44 UTC | #908002

Go to: Mitt Romney and the Curse of Blackness

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More of the same here, with quotes and sources, in Secular News Daily.

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:05:14 UTC | #907869

Go to: [Update10Jan-Protest and Fundraiser] Notorious Nigerian witch-hunter to preach in the US

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Possessed by a mermaid spirit......

I think she means like this.

Meanwhile, on a more serious note, disturbing stuff from from a trial currently being heard at the Old Bailey. Welcome to London in the 21st century.

Fri, 06 Jan 2012 09:59:35 UTC | #905798