Posts Tagged “Religion”

Shopping and God

by David on April 15, 2009

I would never stop people going to Church. I wish they did not stop me going to Marks & Spencer NHS Blog Doctor, The definite article

Thanksgiving

by David on February 28, 2008

All things dull and ugly, All creatures short and squat, All things rude and nasty, The Lord God made the lot. Each little snake that poisons, Each little wasp that stings, He made their brutish venom. He made their horrid (…)

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Losing my vote

by David on February 4, 2008

the government’s decision to abandon the ‘aggressive rhetoric’ of the so-called war on terror, the guide tells civil servants not to use terms such as Islamist extremism or jihadi-fundamentalist but instead to refer to violent extremism and criminal murderers or (…)

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Religious lunacies 3,755

by David on December 30, 2007

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, urged the Polish community to do more to learn English and integrate into local parishes, claiming the Catholic Church in the UK was in danger of dividing along ethnic lines as the number of Polish-speaking churches rose.

And the response of Polish community representatives?

The Handmaid’s Tale

by David on November 30, 2007

Gavin wondered if anyone had predicted that an Orwellian, totalitarian state might come in a religious guise.

Well the answer’s yes, of course. Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale describes a totalitarian theocracy that specifically (for this is Atwood) oppresses women. She just picked the wrong religion.

Religion of Peace

by David on November 29, 2007

Gill Lusk, the associate editor of Africa Confidential and a specialist on Sudan, says the incident will have offended many in the country. As Sudan is a place where religion is never mocked or satirised, it’s “unthinkable” that a toy or pet could be given a religious name.

The BBC, What can’t be named Muhammad?

Sudan is a place where religion is never mocked? So over in Darfur, in Western Sudan the Sudanese military and Jajaweed militia, Arab, Muslims, are not mocking Islam when they kill 200,000, displace 2.5 million:

Independent observers noted that the tactics, which include dismemberment and killing of noncombatants and even young children and babies, are more akin to the ethnic cleansing used in the Yugoslav Wars

Thoughtcrime

by David on March 2, 2007

A Cambridge College’s student newspaper has caused a bit of fuss recently. One of the troubling suggestions to emerge is that publishing the statement, ‘I hate Islam‘ might be a criminal offence in the UK…

Looking into things further

by David on January 22, 2007

According to a campaigning group, staff at the Grand Canyon are not allowed to officially comment on the of the geological feature Apparently, the reason is that the geologic age is way in excess of the apparently 6000 year old age of the planet according to Creationists. Not sure I believe the story, and will look into it further…

Tom Coates, Links for 2006-12-30

Blair, religion and superstition

by David on December 28, 2006

When Blair was challenged about the faith school in the North-East of England, Emmanuel College, which happily supported fundamentalist evangelicals and young-earth creationists, he said that diversity was necessary in education. That’s such a dumbfounding response that it’s difficult to understand that Blair really did seem to be supporting the teaching of nonsense (that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old) as if stupidity and sense needed equal curriculum time.

Tolerance and Religion

by David on November 16, 2006

The media-savvy Archbishop of York – the most senior cleric in the CofE after the Archbishop of Canterbury – has had a go at the BBC:

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has accused the BBC of bias against Christianity and says the broadcaster fears a terrorist backlash if it is critical of Islam.

The archbishop, the second most senior figure in the Church of England’s hierarchy, said Christians took “more knocks” than other faiths at the hands of the BBC.