Tagged: religion

McCain’s VP Wants Creationism Taught in School

Sarah PalinRepublican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin wants creationism taught in science classes. In a 2006 gubernatorial debate, the soon-to-be governor of Alaska said of evolution and creation education, “Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of education. Healthy debate is so important, and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both.”

Accord Coalition

AccordAccord is a new coalition calling for inclusive schools and an end to special arrangements for state funded religious schools. Its members include the ATL, the BHA and Ekklesia. Its supporters include Baroness Blackstone, Prof. Bernard Crick, Rabbi David Goldberg and Prof. A C Grayling.

Accord is a wide coalition of organisations which includes religious groups, humanists, trade unions and human rights campaigners. The campaign launched on 1 September 2008 and aims to promote inclusive schools through local and national campaigns.

Bishop says abortion is to blame for violent Britain – Telegraph

Bishop O'DonoghueThe Rt Rev. Patrick O’Donoghue, the Bishop of Lancaster, claimed casual recourse to abortion had cheapened the value of human life in the eyes of the public over the last four decades. He said he was convinced that the 1967 Abortion Act was a major cause of widespread violence among young people.

NSS – The truth behind the upsurge in GCSEs in Religious Studies

The Church is cock-a-hoop over the news that there has been a “4.7% increase in the number of students taking Religious Education GCSEs”. The Church of England’s Head of School Improvement, Nick McKemey, believes the rise is a sign that students “appreciate the important role that religion plays in modern society”.

Why Dawkins is right and his critics are wrong | NSS

As the Channel 4 series The Genius of Charles Darwin drew to an end on Monday, the usual chorus of insults reined down on the head of its star, Richard Dawkins. Despite the fact that Dawkins went out of his way to avoid bad-tempered arguments or overt proselytising on atheism, his critics saw only what they wanted to see – and often that was not what appeared on the screen.

Cath Elliott: Julie Burchill is wrong: religion is anti-feminist

Christianity is and always has been antithetical to women’s freedom and equality, but it’s certainly not alone in this. Whether it’s one of the world’s major faiths or an off-the-wall cult, religion means one thing and one thing only for those women unfortunate enough to get caught up in it: oppression.

Why do I bother?

… it’s a waste of time responding to creationist claptrap like this letter from Mr George Gardner. He wrote to the local paper in reply to a letter I’d written about something or other related to religion, and when the paper closed the correspondence, he wrote to me. I threw that letter away after I’d replied to it, hoping I wouldn’t hear from Mr G again. A vain hope. He’d told me that he’s in his eighties, and that he “comes alive” when debating issues like this. Good for him.

A C Grayling: The rise of Miliband brings at last the prospect of an atheist prime minister

When Labour cabinet members were asked about their religious allegiances last December, following Tony Blair’s official conversion to Roman Catholicism, it turned out that more than half of them are not believers. The least equivocal about their atheism were the health secretary, Alan Johnson, and foreign secretary David Miliband.

The fact that Miliband is an atheist is a matter of special interest given the likelihood that he may one day, and perhaps soon, occupy No 10.