When will Messrs Gove and Pickles stop dismantling our state education and welfare systems, and handing them over to religious organisations? How will we ever put them back together again, when they’ve finished messing about with them?
In education, under Gove’s leadership, the changes are encouraging evangelicals. The Everyday Champions Church, based in Newark, wants to take advantage of Mr Gove’s free schools idea, to open a new school.
Click here for an interesting report by Rachel Maddow from msnbc.com on how American right-wing evangelists have influenced the Ugandans, where leading gay rights activist David Kato was murdered. She asks if foreign aid donors will make their continued help conditional on scrapping anti-gay policies.
If you watched BBC Four’s Storyville, Meet the Climate Sceptics, last week, you may have been exasperated by the arguments put forward by leading climate change deniers Lord Christopher Monckton and Telegraph columnist James Delingpole. Monckton has been to the USA and Australia to talk to the climate change deniers on TV and at public meetings, where he’s been received with huge enthusiasm. Delingpole has also been to the USA, where he’s appeared on right-wing TV host Glenn Beck’s programme, rubbishing the science behind climate change. His scientific ignorance, as displayed on another BBC Four programme recently, Horizon – Science Under Attack, doesn’t inhibit him. He had the cheek to argue with Nobel prizewinner Sir Paul Nurse, President of The Royal Society, that he was wrong about climate change. These two ignoramuses, and others like them, attract a lot of attention in climate change sceptic circles because neither they nor their audiences understand the science of climate change, and they don’t want to understand it. Unfortunately, scientific ignorance is widespread, even among those who’d like to believe that the sceptics are wrong. For many, it’s just too difficult. This is why a video by US high school science teacher Greg Craven is so clever. You don’t need to understand the science. Craven offers a simpler argument about acceptable risk; which is the greater risk, economic damage or global disaster? Watch his YouTube video, and make up your own mind.
The British Humanist Association reports that Â£2 million towards the cost of the Pope’s visit to the UK last year came from the Department for International Development (DfID), justified as a recognition of “the Catholic Church’s role as a major provider of health and education services in developing countries”. The BHA has dismissed this as “irrational and wrong”.
Today’s Telegraph reports that students at St. Benedict’s in Colchester staged a protest after two were told off for holding hands. The headteacher, John O’Hara, said, “If we see students being overly familiar we always deal with it in an appropriate and tactful way.” Overly familiar? Can’t help wondering if this is about a fear of lesbianism? Girls have always been “familiar” with one another, with hugs and hand-holding. I remember photos of my mum as a teenager, arm in arm with her friends, or with their arms around each other’s shoulders. Displaying affection is normal, Mr O’Hara.
Mourners at murdered Ugandan gay activist David Kato’s funeral were shocked when the presiding Anglican pastor, Thomas Musoke, called on homosexuals to repent, or “be punished by God”, but maybe it’s impossible to find a Ungandan pastor who isn’t ignorant and prejudiced?