It has reached the point that lobbyists now often write the country’s laws. Not metaphorically; literally.… Read the rest
Archive for January 2010
Science reporters tend to avoid looking hard at research that produces interesting conclusions.… Read the rest
Wakefield’s Lancet study caused vaccination rates to plummet, resulting in a rise in measles.… Read the rest
Six televangelist ministries are being investigated by Senate Finance Committee for possible tax law fraud.… Read the rest
Italian Foreign Affairs Minister laments lack of ‘common European identity’ which he takes to be Xian.… Read the rest
What if speech with real social value seems very likely to lead to violence?… Read the rest
A 16-year-old girl who was raped in Bangladesh has been given 101 lashes for conceiving during the assault. The girl’s father was also fined and warned the family would be branded outcasts from their village if he did not pay. According to human rights activists, the girl, who was quickly married after the attack, was divorced weeks later after medical tests revealed she was pregnant. The girl was raped by a 20-year-old villager in Brahmanbaria district in April last year…Muslim elders in the village issued a fatwa insisting that the girl be kept in isolation until her family agreed to corporal punishment.
Her rapist was pardoned by the elders.
No, I have nothing to … Read the rest
A lot of it is flawed; it’s stupid to make animals suffer to do flawed research. Do it right.… Read the rest
Christianity is based on the Bible, as read in the light of reason under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, OK?… Read the rest
‘Speaking as a professional, I would say that is an empty plastic case,’ said explosives expert.… Read the rest
Urges ‘shared witness’ against secularization, relativism, abortion, euthanasia, science.… Read the rest
‘Healing patients’ via ‘the power of touch to reconnect nervous systems.’ Doctor doubts touch cures gangrene.… Read the rest
The horrible slush keeps pouring out as if from a broken sewer pipe.
Instead of admitting that we do not know how to reconcile a loving God with terrible disasters like Haiti and Indonesia, some theologians come up with cruel solutions…We do not know the answer to this conundrum except to say that is the nature of freedom in an imperfect world and that is the mystery of the providence of God. God will work all things for our good even if we don’t understand. That is what faith is: the moment we say we understand, there is no longer any faith.
We do not know except to say – it’s always ‘except to say,’ isn’t it – it’s never … Read the rest
For getting pregnant. Her father was fined. The village elders pardoned her rapist.… Read the rest
If Christian influence is a licence to practice bigotry at public expense, it’s time for armchair secularists to resist.… Read the rest
We have an evolved psychological need to help people who are suffering, especially when we can see them.… Read the rest
Someone who can empathise without offering a load of meaningless or insulting platitudes.… Read the rest
‘God will work all things for our good even if we don’t understand.’ ‘Even catastrophes include divine presence.’… Read the rest
The Church of England comes right out and admits it – it is opposed to equality. It’s politely regretful – or to put it another way, it politely pretends to be regretful. But when a choice has to be made, it chooses the principle of male authority, and that’s that. It would like to be all liberal and modern and right-on and all, but when the stakes are this high, it just can’t do it. So sorry.
The Christian Churches, alongside many other faiths, support the Equality Bill’s wider aims in promoting fairness in society and improving redress for those who have suffered unjust treatment.
Except for we don’t. We say we do – but then when we’re actually expected … Read the rest