Category: Internet

The end of the world is nigh, or maybe not

Thanks to Catherine Bennett, I’ve learned a new ‘ology – eschatology, literally the study of the last. So, if there’s an eschatology, there must be eschatologists, right? Gosh, they must be fun in the pub. “Oh, hello, what do you do?” “I study the end of the world.” Pause. “Really? How does that happen?” “Well, the dead could be resurrected, or the Devil could be set free, or adultery and fornication will be performed in the open, or …” “Where’s my drink?”

Laughter is good for you

Suffolk Humanists & Secularists committee seldom meet face to face – we use Skype because we’re scattered all over the county. So far, we haven’t done this. Maybe next time. I like the baby best.

Jesus and a baby dinosaur

Jesus and a dinosaur

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This reminds me of the young man who phoned BBC Radio Suffolk after I was interviewed recently. He said that there were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark, but God chose baby dinosaurs, otherwise there wouldn’t have been room.


Urgent! Contact your MP about threat to s*x education

On Tuesday 23rd February (next Tuesday) there’ll be a parliamentary debate about the Government’s own amendment to its Children, Schools and Families Bill, which would enable faith schools to teach their own skewed versions of sex and relationships education. Please read the BHA’s report on this, and contact your MP urgently.

(Note: the asterisk used in the heading is to avoid the wrong sort of Internet attention).

Bishops in the Lords – Pledgebank survey

You may remember the 2007 Pledgebank campaign to send a copy of Richard Dawkins’ ‘God Delusion’ to every MP, if enough people pledged a copy. It succeeded. Now the same person behind that campaign has begun a new one, asking you to pledge:

I will donate one pound to the International Red Cross for each of the 26 Anglican bishops sitting in the House of Lords who completes the Sober Survey but only if 999 others will do the same.

Make the Vatican pay for the Pope’s visit

NopeThe NSS has started a petition calling on the Prime Minister to ask the Catholic Church to pay the estimated £20 million cost of the Pope’s visit. If his followers want him to come and see them, fine, but there are better things to spend taxpayers’ money on.

To sign, click here.

DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal

DEC AppealTo donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Haiti Appeal, click on the image.

The DEC distributes money to thirteen member agencies, all charities registered in the UK: ActionAid, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Help the Aged, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, and World Vision. To find out more about these organisations, go to

Outside the UK, there are a variety of aid agency appeals, including the International Red Cross appeal.

If you’re in the UK, do not donate through the new Non-Believers Giving Aid site, set up by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science. Your donations, via PayPal, won’t qualify for gift aid, which could add £1.41 to every £5 you give. Is your anti-religious prejudice worth that? You can claim gift aid through DEC.