More evidence of the pernicious effects of religion Read more
Another blow for the irrationality of religious faith. Read more
A complaint about the admissions policy of a Catholic school in South Croydon has been partially upheld.
They key point of the complaint is that as an oversubscribed school it had a points system for admissions that put an emphasis on early baptism and activity within the church as oppososed to geographical location (i.e. how close they live) of potential applicants.
This ruling will have a knock on effect on the selection policies of other so-called “faith” schools.
Best bet get rid of the “faith” element of all state schools and let’s make all schools truly community schools serving the local populations.
There is only one word for this as expressed by Prof Edzard Ernst – Criminal. Let’s hope these charlatans are appropriately prosecuted!
These people prey on people’s hopes, not give them hope. Yet another example of “where’s the harm?”
Recently I had a very interesting conversation about religion with a Muslim woman, originally from Morocco. Read more
The recent scenes of the rescue of 33 Chilean miners after 69 days stuck 700m underground Read more
Extract from the New Humanist Magazine
Who should win the 2009 Bad Faith Award?
The time has come. For months now, nominations have been pouring in for those most deserving of our prestigious Bad Faith Award, presented each year to the person deemed to have made the most outstanding contribution to the cause of un-reason.
Last year saw a runaway victory for erstwhile US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin (oh those halcyon days, when she was a mere election and a heart attack away from the nuclear codes). Of course, Palin was always a front runner in that contest (Bad Faith, that is), but this year’s poll may well be more closely contested. Drawn from nominations we’ve received online, by email and by post, as well some of our own based on another year of tackling the forces of irrationalism in the pages of New Humanist, here’s the shortlist, in alphabetical order, of the 10 enemies of reason ready to battle it out for the ultimate prize:
Adnan Oktar, aka Harun Yahya
The British Chiropractic Association
Cormac Murphy O’Connor
Pope Benedict XVI
Terry Eagleton and Karen Armstrong
So, there you have it – it’s a strong shortlist, and there’s sure to be some fierce competition between now and the New Year, when we will announce the person (or organization) who has been crowned 2009′s most scurrilous enemy of reason.
The following is a story on the BBC’s News Magazine: