Tag: Religion

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An utter nonsense

I'm sorry to say even the BBC jumped on the bandwagon today and trumpeted "British Airways   discriminated against Christian". To me, it demonstrates that they - and most other media outlets - missed the main lesson shared in Strasbourg today - it's not acceptable to use your own religious belief as an excuse for ...

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Your conscience versus my rights…

Yet another example of a service provider’s “religious beliefs” and “conscience” preventing them from providing a key healthcare requirement to a member of the public. The 29 year old woman was reportedly “stunned” and “gobsmacked” when she asked for the pill (for which she had a prescription) and was told that she would have to go to ...

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Food for thought: Secularism 2011

I almost didn’t go to the National Secular Society‘s 2011 Conference on Secularism. But I am so glad I did. A nasty bout of insomnia meant I wasn’t at my best first thing yesterday morning. I had to peel myself out of a comfortable bed to race over to Holborn in record time. Amazingly, I was only ...

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Pope? Nope…

Have you heard? The Pope is coming to the UK! Oh happy day. I can't wait. Or can I...? I was originally going to avoid passing comment on the Pope's impending arrival in the neighbourhood, but recent articles defending him and his church have prompted me to put my thoughts down. Bur first, a disclaimer. ...

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You’ve been a very naughty boy…

I had to remind myself what year it was the other day. I'm not losing my mental faculties, but was slightly worried that I'd either been plunged back into the dark ages or had somehow missed some sort of fundamentalist religious coup. Why? Well, it would appear that one Cherie Blair was taking religious belief ...

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Public Healthcare debate revisited

As you might imagine, since my last post on the topic, I've been reading everything I can to stay on top of the public healthcare debate. The attacks on the NHS from right-wing "commentators" seem to have decreased in frequency, but when I do come across them, their tone of fear-mongering inaccuracy remains. Earlier this ...

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Iris Robinson: It’s not over

You may recall from previous posts (here, here and here) that I've been following the saga of Iris Robinson's views on "the gays". Well, I'm not alone. The Police Service of Northern Ireland have referred her case to the Public Prosecution Service. A quick recap, courtesy of the Irish Times: The comments were made last ...