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Go to: Religious freedom and religious privilege

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When is a church not a church............ when it's a hospital.

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 14:36:33 UTC | #919623

Go to: Americans: Undecided About God?

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Poor old Eric seems to be a bit confused, he calls himself a 'none' but paints a picture of an agnostic. One thing is right though, it is religion that is the problem, believe in whatever god you want, but don't allow anyone else to fill your head with crap, and keep religion out of politics at all costs.

Sun, 11 Dec 2011 12:16:40 UTC | #897769

Go to: Why doesn’t America like science?

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Comment 5 by stuhillman :

Innovation continues to be worshipped, particularly when it produces entrepreneurial companies and clever gadgets (think Apple’s iPad).

Sometimes the debate is confusing as "science" is compared to engineering - no matter how innovative the engineering is. The iPad is not science, it's clever, but it's still engineering.

If we are to be effective in debating the scientific issues we must make the distinction between engineering and "real" science. On the other hand, it's difficult to convince the average Joe that the Large Hadron Collider has anything to say which might benefit him. Perhaps we can stress the achievements of NASA - although based on real science from several hundred years ago - in order to impress Joe. But unless the distinction is clear in our minds we will make mistakes.

The distinction is that engineering is the outcome of scientific endeavour, it wasn't engineers that discovered LCD screens, science is the backbone of engineering. An engineer comes up with a concept, but it takes science to make it a reality.

Sat, 26 Nov 2011 10:32:13 UTC | #893251

Go to: Archbishop calls for NHS bill to cover spiritual health

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The NHS is already in crisis, how does this nincompoop expect woo-woo to be funded, anyway we already have enough state sponsored bullshit!

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 13:32:02 UTC | #886841

Go to: Dutch rethink Christianity for a doubtful world

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Comment 3 by Lewiy :

Yet still he remains religious.....I wonder what his belief is based on in the absence of a god?

Religion quite often overrides the deity, such that maintaining the religion becomes more important, not that I'm going to mention Catholicism or Islam. Keeping priests in a lifestyle they've become accustomed to is all it is about, at least it seems so to me.

Fri, 05 Aug 2011 13:11:26 UTC | #858175

Go to: iq2 Shorts - Stephen Fry vs Ann Widdecombe: Catholic Church Debate

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Comment 2 by Corona Dave :

I saw a video of this debate, but there are several sections here I don't recognise.

Does anyone know a complete, unedited version?

There are no added extras, this is the same debate, as I remember it, but with the superfluous crap edited out, the excessive applause, the excessive banter, the excessive intervention of the moderator/presenter.

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:16:26 UTC | #854250

Go to: Pope: Humanity isn't random product of evolution

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Oh come on now, he has to spout this clap trap in order to keep himself in the luxury to which he has become accustomed, if he couldn't sell the god idea he would have to work for a living like the rest of us mere mortals.

Attack being the best form of defence we are now seeing an increase in attacks on the secular movement, they just don't want to let go of the privileged position they hold in some governments, unelected positions I might add. I don't ever recall voting for any one of the 26 bishops in the House of Lords. (But neither did I vote for the other tossers!).

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:09:28 UTC | #619187

Go to: The Evolution of Prejudice

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Racism can be broken down to tribalism too, and that is prevalent in modern society where we don't even recognise it for what it it; I would suggest that sports teams followers are no different to tribal groups, they exhibit the same distrust and aggression to other team followers as tribes do in Africa today.

I'm currently living in an area of South Sudan where racial differences lead to serious injury and death, but by far the number of injuries we get at our hospital are spear wounds from inter tribal clashes, even disputes from within a tribe. The most common thing fought over; cows, yes cows, they are an indication of a mans wealth and the currency for acquiring a new wife and are therefore his most important possession, even above his wife.

Compare this to a Saturday afternoon at a UK football match, some fans have a deep mistrust, even loathing of the other teams fans, even though they don't really know them, or have even met them before, why is that, is this our evolutionary past showing itself in instinctive behaviour?

Thu, 07 Apr 2011 07:52:42 UTC | #612870

Go to: Catholics blast 'hostile' C4 film about the Pope

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Quote Anne Widdecombe "Mr Tatchell certainly won’t be sympathetic to his subject, so what’s the point of doing it? It won’t be skeptical, it will be hostile.”

It certainly will be Anne, and certainly needs to be, as the RCC has a long history of ignoring the unsavoury truth, and even sweeping it under the carpet, as uncovered in the revelations of child abuse dating back many, many years! For too long the RCC has been given special dispensation to manage it's own dirt pile, until that dirt pile became to big to hide from view.

The RCC continues to condemn the use of condoms, thereby condemning many of it's most loyal followers to a life of misery, but of course the sole aim is to bring as many potential Catholics into the world as possible, even if the families can't support the children, because the do gooders at the RCC can always take them into their many orphanages!

The children's orphanages were lauded as a shining example of the charitable works of the RCC, but the RCC's own policy of 'No contraception' has been the cause of the problem, and the children have been used as slave labour in years past, not to mention the wholesale abuse that went on.

Whilst not a huge fan of Peter Tatchell, I wish him well in his quest to expose the RCC for what it is, less a religion than a people controlling institution.

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 10:15:12 UTC | #477497

Go to: Schools failing to teach children the core beliefs of Christianity, says Ofsted

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I really don't understand what the concerns are, do we really need RE in schools as a separate lesson anyway. My recollections of the single one hour period devoted to RE was of sheer boredom, coupled with jealousy of the one lad who was excused RE at his parents wishes (I later realised it was because they were JW's.).

Religion is part of history, so why not confine it to history lessons, and any indoctrination should be done at the established places of worship of each denomination. If parents cannot be bothered to attend church, or force their children to attend Sunday bible class, why should the state school system be responsible for it?

It seems that the only ones concerned about the quality of RE in schools, with the emphasis on Christianity, is the Church of England, a dying institution is bound to have concerns of course!

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 08:51:55 UTC | #477470

Go to: Where is Channel 4's 'Anne Atkins on gays' programme?

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Comment 4 by Tyler Durden :

Sean Hughes is of Irish descent, and spent most of his life living in Dublin, Ireland.

Seriously, how could one have "no knowledge of the contemporary Catholic Church" all the while living in Catholic-run Ireland?

Odone is a moron.

If I recall correctly, Sean Hughes even stated that he was brought up in a Catholic household, I can only assume that, like so many brought up in a faith household, he eschewed the doctrine when he was old enough to make up his own mind, as did my father, and many more!

I really can't believe in the day and age that faith schools would be allowed, I recall being split up from friends when they went to different schools as we progressed through the three tier system that was in operation then, how divisive is that!

Sat, 05 Jun 2010 17:08:42 UTC | #476745

Go to: Pope's visit to Britain in disarray as costs spiral to £14m

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I think we can expect it to be called off to be honest. For the last couple of months they have been trotting out excuse after excuse (That's what Christians are best at after all!), and lining up buck passing excuses so they can blame everyone else but themselves, just like they've been doing with the child abuse debacle.

I may not be in the country for the visit, so my disappointment at missing a chance to protest looks like being allayed.

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 08:28:38 UTC | #476310

Go to: That’s not the afterlife – it’s a brainstorm

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Comment 5 by Steven Mading :

. These electrical signals may not be the cause of near-death experiences. They may be the effect of them.

That's what the report more-or-less said. As I read it, the proximity of death caused the brain to react, in a last ditch attempt to keep the body functions going, by stimulating neurons en masse. The vast majority of people who enter this stage die, but thanks to modern medical science a few lucky people are dragged back from the precipice of death, and fewer still are able to recount the experience of more brain activity in a few seconds than they are used to.

Quite basically it's little more than a dream, we experience similar electrical brain activity, although to a lesser degree, when we dream, some people are able to recount those dreams, and a few deluded people see them as a message from a deity.

Shit happens, some people smell shit, some people smell roses!

Mon, 31 May 2010 09:39:03 UTC | #475024

Go to: It's Not Funny Anymore

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I'm concerned that this style of politico-religion is spreading the the Untied Kingdom, it isn't readily apparent, but the signs are there, and if it were not for those more observant than myself I would still be unaware.

I was shocked to hear that we have a creationist museum here, and the ultra christian views of recent parliamentary candidates, some of whom would be happy to introduce legislation based entirely on their religious views.

Sat, 29 May 2010 15:22:26 UTC | #474693

Go to: The Trial of Benedict XVI

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Oh isn't that wonderful, they forgive themselves their sins, and all it right with the world. No need to bother with legal proceedings in the dozens of countries where the RCC is guilty of abuse, and covering up said abuse, it's all covered by the forgiveness they bestow upon themselves.

Let the priests who abused, and the archbishops who covered for them, face trial before their fellow men, not an imaginary man in the sky, who they just happen to speak for, and on behalf of.

Fri, 28 May 2010 15:14:01 UTC | #474445

Go to: Northern Ireland minister calls on Ulster Museum to promote creationism

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I hope he shouts louder, so loud that his constituents (The ones with a grain of common sense.) can see what a complete buffoon they have elected to office, and correct the mistake at the next election.

I say give the man a platform to publicly shame himself, it is people like him that bring down irrational belief systems much faster that Richard Dawkins will ever do, public ridicule is the only way to deal with people like this.

Thu, 27 May 2010 09:03:08 UTC | #473987

Go to: Britain bans doctor who linked autism to vaccine

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he lied and cheated for pecuniary advantage, and he is continuing to use fear to make a living. His original thesis was paid for by an industry with a vested interest, his research methods were dubious at best, and scandalous at the extreme.

Read the GMC's findings here:

Mon, 24 May 2010 15:51:00 UTC | #473019

Go to: Church warns cell scientists not to play God

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You'd think the fools at the Vatican would have learned to stop making themselves look stupid. Still, these displays of terminal ignorance are driving smart people away from the RCC almost as much as the recent revelations of immorality in the Catholic Church.

Doesn't someone with even an ounce of sense proof read these comments before release, there must be at least one person at the Vatican with SOME sense.

Fri, 21 May 2010 20:04:18 UTC | #472203

Go to: The burqa is a war on women

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I'm not in favour of an outright ban, that removes choice, but I am in favour of it being bannned inside buildings, most noteably banks, airports, shops etc. where security is an issue. I would suggest that where motorcycle helmets and hoods are banned, then so should the Burqa and niqab, and for that matter, the habit worn by some nuns that covers most of the recognisable facial features.

People who insist on wearing the burqa should be given freedom of choice, if they want to enter a bank or airport they should remove the garment, if they choose not to remove the garment they should be refused entry: See, choice is available to all, they can choose whether they want to enter banks and airports, or not.

There have been cases where criminals have used the burqa, the most notable one was where the killer of WPC Sharon Beshenivsky who fled Britain under a burqa using his sisters passport. Religion and culture should not surmount security.

Fri, 21 May 2010 07:55:54 UTC | #471963

Go to: Pakistan blocks YouTube access over Muhammad depictions

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Let them boycott Farcebook and ewetoob, we'd be better off without them and their rants and threats. While they're at it why don't theu close the borders of Pakistan, block all radio transmissions and cut the telephone lines.

The lunatics have (almost) taken over the asylum.

Thu, 20 May 2010 22:47:59 UTC | #471848

Go to: Thousands flock to Vatican to back pope over abuse

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"All of Italy was there"

Well of course there is national pride, and the loss of tourist income to be considered above the abused children.

Updated: Tue, 18 May 2010 09:55:15 UTC | #471066

Go to: AP Exclusive: Vatican details US sex abuse defense

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At long last the RCC is being dragged, albeit screaming and kicking, down from the pedastal it managed to elevate itself to many hundreds of years ago. The grip of fear it had over people in authority, with threats of excommunication and everlasting damnation, has been one of it's greatest assets. What has now chipped away at the RCC's strength is education and communication that accompanies it.

It started with preists being the only ones who could read the bible, attempts to translate it were dealt with by excommunication and accusations of hearasy, then came the printing press and further attempts to prevent the people accessing the bible for themselves. The RCC is about control, it has a long history of using fear and intimidation, but successive centurise have seen the whittling away of it's control, but it looks as though the internet is finally going to put the lid on the vatican.

The abuse of children, both sexually and physically, has being going on for years, only now can the victims communicate across the globe with relative ease and expose the greatest cover up of all time. The end is nigh!

Mon, 17 May 2010 15:01:05 UTC | #470831

Go to: Letting go of gods is a reason for joy…like being free of prison

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What a pretentious prick, who is he to say what or how I feel, I'm a lifelong atheist, I'm not playing at it, and he is the one who stands to lose everything if religion dies a natural death. He has given his life to religion, it feeds him it clothes him, without it he will have to work for a living.

Fri, 14 May 2010 17:31:02 UTC | #469987

Go to: Electoral Reform: the Liberal Democrats must stand firm

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Whatever the outcome of THIS election, we still need to move away from the two party system. In years past people voted for the MP they wanted to represent them, but with improved communications we are more aware of national issues, and have long since moved to voting for a party, even if the local representative of that party is an inept buffoon.

Because of the two party race we find ourselves in a situation where tactical voting is used to prevent a party gaining a seat, instead of voting for the person you wish to represent you at Westminster, a wholly ludicrus situation.

We lurch from leftist policiest to right wing policies every few years, and that can't offer stability, can it?


On a personal note, I'll be glad to see the back of the Labour government, with it's failed attempts at social engineering, when will they ever learn that their ideology isn't necessarily that of everyone else. Harriet Harman is probably the most destructive minister to have taken office, she is on a one woman mission to erradicate men from politics, and McBroon is helping her!

Tue, 11 May 2010 09:33:53 UTC | #468794

Go to: Idiotic Australian Senator

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Not only do they walk among us, some of them are elected to represent us. All I can add is god help us all.......... no wait!

Mon, 03 May 2010 18:14:00 UTC | #465385

Go to: Bill Maher Slams 'Extremist' Muslims On HBO's Real Time

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I like Bill Maher, he tempers serious messages with humour, making them more palatable.

Sat, 01 May 2010 15:19:00 UTC | #464581

Go to: Special legal protection of Christianity 'divisive, capricious and arbitrary'

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How different this would have been if Cheri Blair had been the judge, that hideous woman is as crooked as the people she passes sentence on.

OK, now that we've established that religion should have no consideration in the legal process, when can we expect to see the Sharia courts outlawed. I know they cannot transcend civil law (In theory.), but the very fact that they are given consideration at all is in complete conflict with this case.

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:12:00 UTC | #464047

Go to: Amid Calls for Transparency, Pope Describes Dangers of Digital Age

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The internet, and education for all is the enemy of the RCC, they have seen their grip on the masses weakening for centuries, look at what they did to Galileo when his discoveries contradicted the bible.

For hundreds of years the bible was only in Latin, so the priests could be the only ones to tell even those with a rudimentary education what the word of the lord was, the translations were done on pain of death, and was complicit in the reformation that saw the RCC split right down the middle.

The RCC is the architect of its own downfall, with education and communication its greatest threat, no wonder Ratzy is worried, he would rather we were all back in the dark ages and he ruled the roost.

The RCC is little more than a dictatorship AND an organised crime syndicate rolled into one.

Anyway, I thought the pope was gods right hand man, so whay was the vatican surprised, and how come this god bloke didn't warn his mate Ratzy that the shit was about to hit the fan!

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 16:24:00 UTC | #463659

Go to: Diplomat disciplined over Pope memo is named

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Papal aides believe the Government’s choice of non-Catholic staff typifies the “lack of respect” being shown towards the first ever state visit by a Pontiff.
And that demonstrates why the RCC should NOT be shown any respect. If the only way the can get respect is by loading the dice, then they clearly don't understand how respect is earned.

Quite honestly this memo thing may be the best thing to happen in Whitehall in years, with any luck it will give the pope the back door out of his scandalous visit, at our expense.

I'll still hang on to the festering eggs though, just in case!

Tue, 27 Apr 2010 12:18:00 UTC | #463319

Go to: Pope 'could cancel UK visit' over 'offensive' Foreign Office memo

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Lets get this right; Pederast priests, who raped children, were moved to other posts within the church, AND allowed to continue their evil pratices, and yet the Vatican is complaining that a FO civil servant who wrote a humourous memo hasn't been punished enough with posting to another civil service position.

Are they taking the piss?

They've canceled the trip then, shame really, the sun is just starting to warm up enough to addle the eggs I've had for the last two weeks, the eggs I was planning to present to Ratzy.......... from about 300 metres!

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 19:11:00 UTC | #462765