Tagged: religion

Banned by YouTube

Pat Condell‘s latest video, expressing his outrage on behalf of those Muslim women who will suffer because they are forced to have their marital problems solved in a male-dominated Sharia court, was banned by YouTube for “violating the YouTube Community Guidelines”.

The British Government, in the interests of “tolerance”, appears to approve the use of Sharia courts in this country, just so long as they don’t sentence anyone to be stoned to death (one hopes), or have their hands amputated, or any of the other punishments meted out by Sharia courts in Saudi Arabia, where human rights are ignored. 

 

X Factor fills vacuum left by God in schools, says head | The Guardian

State schools are increasingly “embarrassed” to talk about God, leaving a moral vacuum which has been filled by celebrity culture and the X Factor, a leading independent school head said yesterday. Tim Hastie-Smith, chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) which represents 250 private schools, said: “The retreat of God from education has left a moral and spiritual vacuum and the breakdown of any shared value system.

What’s God’s Personality type? | Times Online

It has a “personality”?

Here’s a new spin on the usual do-you—believe-in-God survey. The Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion has questioned nearly 1,700 Americans on God’s personality, as part of their religion poll. “A lot of surveys ask do you believe in God. But surveys have not asked: Who is God? Is God angry? Is God judgmental? Is God friendly? Is God forgiving? Is He engaged with the world?”

Video shows Palin in anti-witchcraft prayer

A video has emerged showing Sarah Palin playing a central role in a church service in Alaska in which witchcraft is denounced. Thomas Muthee, a Kenyan who is a regular preacher at Palin’s local Pentecostal church in Wasilla, made a passionate plea to defeat witchcraft and other supposed enemies of Palin during a sermon three years ago.

Mark Lawson: Scientists are trying to engage with believers but it won’t resolve the big questions

Mark_lawson2_140x140Religious believers, when mentioning heaven, have traditionally cast their eyes skywards, but the possibility of an afterlife may now be proved by looking down towards the ground. Doctors at Southampton University are placing pictures in resuscitation areas that can only be seen from the ceiling.

BHA takes legal action on GCSE exclusion

The British Humanist Association has issued legal proceedings against the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) over their decision not to allow the study of Humanism in a Religious Studies GCSE in the same way as religions are studied. The exam board OCR had included Humanism alongside religions in its proposed GCSE in Religious Studies, announced in April 2008, but a decision by the QCA has meant that it could not be included.

Creationist Britain (would you Adam and Eve it?) | The Independent

CreationOn first appearances 12-year-old Caitlin McNabb is very much like any other schoolgirl. Sitting on the sofa with her parents, Wes and Jane, at their home in Greenwich, south-east London, Caitlin talks excitedly about her friends, her favourite subjects and the new school year. But there is one difference between Caitlin and the other pupils at Plumstead Manor: she is reluctant to believe everything she is told. “I was in a geography lesson and there was a lot of talk about ‘this is how old the Earth is’,” she says. “So I just said, ‘there are different sides to it if you look at it in a religious way’. And the teacher said, ‘Oh yes, yes that’s true’.”

Letter: Richard Dawkins on the Royal Society row | New Scientist

DawkinsRichardThe Reverend Michael Reiss, the Royal Society’s Director of Education, is in trouble because of his views on the teaching of creationism. Although I disagree with him, what he actually said at the British Association is not obviously silly like creationism itself, nor is it a self-evidently inappropriate stance for the Royal Society to take. Scientists divide into two camps over this issue: the accommodationists, who ‘respect’ creationists while disagreeing with them; and the rest of us, who see no reason to respect ignorance or stupidity.

Mickey Mouse must die, says Saudi Arabian cleric – Telegraph

Sheikh Muhammad Munajid claimed the mouse is “one of Satan’s soldiers” and makes everything it touches impure. But he warned that depictions of the creature in cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, and Disney’s Mickey Mouse, had taught children that it was in fact loveable. The cleric, a former diplomat at the Saudi embassy in Washington DC, said that under Sharia, both household mice and their cartoon counterparts must be killed