Jan 182013
 

I’ve just read a super article by Valerie Tarico about the challenges that the Internet (and especially the Web) poses for religion: Religion may not survive the Internet. It reminded me of an article (that Valerie Tarico won’t have seen or known about) that I wrote on my website some time ago: Religions in future. One of my themes was similar. Global communication undermines a number of the methods that religions rely on to sustain the ignorance and delusions of their existing and (more importantly) their future followers. Here are some quotes from my article (there is a lot more . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Dec 202012
 

See this report published on December 18, 2012: The Global Religious Landscape A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Major Religious Groups as of 2010 Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life Summary Every religion is a minority religion. Whatever a person’s religious beliefs, most religious people in the world have beliefs that contradict that person’s beliefs. Christianity in its entirety is a minority religion, with about 32% of the world’s whole population, and about 38% of the world’s religious population. (And, of course, there are many incompatible beliefs within Christian denominations, with Roman Catholics about 50% . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Nov 242012
 

1. The bizarre voting system of the Church of England has confirmed: 26 seats in the House of Lords are to remain reserved for men! This is in a (supposedly) modern democracy. You couldn’t make it up! 2. The Pope has published a book confirming that Catholics must believe in the Trinity and the virgin birth and the resurrection. This is something Christianity did make up! I love these ongoing demonstrations of the stupidity of Christianity and the need for secularism.

Nov 162012
 

Christianity, or at least the Roman Catholic Church’s version of it, has just killed a woman in the Republic of Ireland. Some religious people would like to run similar risks with women in the UK and the US. (What is it about your fear of women controlling their own bodies?) This shows what many of us already knew: People who claim to be “pro-life” are typically not. They are “anti-choice“! Objections to assisted suicide in the UK are mostly driven by religious groups. There is no enlightened excuse for opposing the safe and modest proposals of Dignity in Dying. People . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Sep 102012
 

Once more “assisted suicide is in the news. A new health minister criticises law on assisted suicide as ‘ridiculous’ and calls for Britain to be ‘more honest’ about issue. Predictably there have been criticisms of her views, yet none of those criticisms attempt to address the views of the most important people involved – the ones who want to die. The ideology and/or religion of the critics can’t let them study the evidence, and especially not the views of the central person. According to the New Testament, and Christian doctrine, about 2000 years ago Jesus Christ knew he had to . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Aug 122012
 

The two links below provide the background to this post. I’ll just quote enough to lead into what I want to say. I believe the sources below show that I haven’t significantly distorted the original statements by taking them out of context. Peter Kirkwood (article) & Chris Mulherin (video): Why atheists are wrong about science and religion Eric MacDonald’s response: Science and Religion Again! Chris Mulherin [is] an Anglican clergyman with a substantial academic background studying and lecturing in science and the philosophy of science. He is now doing his doctorate on the relationship between scientific and theological ways of . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Jul 282012
 

I don’t think I would be writing this without half-a-bottle of wine inside me! But I can’t resist the logic of it. Russian Religious Activists Seek to Ban Facebook for ‘Flirting With Sodomites’ There are various meanings of sodomy, but I believe most of the people who object to it don’t want men to stick their penises into other people’s bottoms. So they are opposed to gay sex/marriage, and probably typically associate this with man-man sex/marriage. But why should they believe that man-woman marriage rules out “penis into bottom” sex? (I believe this has sometimes been made illegal, although I . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Jul 262012
 

I’m just making a point of logic here, using the following case. (The details don’t matter). Muslim leader loses Sharia law fight over divorce settlement You can’t use sharia law in divorce deal: Muslim hospital consultant told to pay ex-wife maintenance despite claims he owes her nothing under Islamic rules Dr Al-Saffar said after the case: …. ‘Family law in this country is biased against Muslim people.’ No! In this case, UK Family Law was in favour of equality for Muslim women. It is often a case that equality laws are biased against specific religious positions, and so can be . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Jul 242012
 

Here is a nasty article by Owen Jones in the Independent: Owen Jones: Islamophobia – for Muslims, read Jews. And be shocked “Islamophobia – for Muslims, read Jews…. Imagine our alarm if nearly half the UK population said they believed that ‘there are too many Jews’”. What is nasty about this argument is that it (probably deliberately) conflates “race” and “religion”. And then it uses the race-related experiences of Jews to try to defend the indefensible use of the charge of Islamophobia. Let’s remind ourselves of some reasons why racism is wrong: A person’s race, if determined by ancestry and/or . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]

Feb 112012
 

BBC: “Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has said the Christian faith is facing “gradual marginalisation”.” Daily Mail: “Christianity under attack” (Added on 14 February) BBC: “Militant secularisation threat to religion, says Warsi” Wrong! Christianity is not under attack.  Christian privilege is under attack! Christianity is a hobby. As long as Christianity has no fewer privileges than any other hobby, there is no justification for complaint. What Warsi calls “Militant secularisation” is really: “Stop pushing religion in our face. Treat your religion, one of 1000s that are practiced in the 21st century, as a personal and private matter, or one . . . . . . . . . . [Read complete post]