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Cosmos may be ‘inherently unstable’

A concept known as vacuum instability could result, billions of years from now, in a new universe opening up in the present one and replacing it. It all depends on some precise numbers related to the Higgs that researchers are currently trying to pin down.

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South London Church Fined for Loud 3am Services

A church in South London has just been fined over £7,000 following noise complaints. As someone who lives next door to one of these churches myself I am, of course, pleased with this result!

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Government deletes advice about studying atheism and humanism

The UK Government Department for Education (DfE) has deleted references to non-religious beliefs such as atheism or humanism in November 2014 advice about ‘improving spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils’. The DfE has also excluded non-religious belief studies of Religious Education (RE) at GCSE and ‘A’ level in their draft syllabus documents.

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Queen will reflect on her faith in Xmas message

On Christmas Day 2015, the Queen will “use her traditional annual speech, [given since 1952], to reflect on her personal faith as well as her belief in the continuing role of Christianity at the centre of British life, despite rising secularism.” She will “deliver her most Christian Christmas message yet” says the Daily Mail.

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Extremism in Britain: Now the crackdown is launched

New counter-extremism strategy targets Sharia courts.

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1 in 10 British Muslims agree: ‘Organisations that publish images of Prophet Mohammad deserve to be attacked’

ComRES Poll of UK Muslims, February 2015 Between 23rd January  and 20th February 2015, 1000 British Muslims were asked by COMRES what they thought about British Society and cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. The poll asked British Muslims two questions: 1)  ‘Do you agree or disagree with these eight statements about British society…? (Table 5) 2) ‘Do you […]

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Church “has duty” to discuss politics, creationist Bishops say

The established church’s controversial unofficial election manifesto “Who is my neighbour? A Letter from the House of Bishops to the People and Parishes of the Church of England for the General Election 2015”, whether not one agrees with its conclusions, is founded on a false premise:- Followers of Jesus Christ believe that every human being is […]

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Attacks in Copenhagen

I agree with the European Commission in deploring the fatal attacks in Copenhagen this weekend on 14-15th February:

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Charlie Hebdo Killings

Atheists in the United Kingdom and around the world condemn the killings of journalists and cartoonists at the Paris based magazine Charlie Hebdo on 7th January 2015. This was a religiously motivated attack to avenge insults to the prophet Muhammad through his depiction in cartoons. Visit the Atheism UK Charlie Hebdo page for UK and world-wide comments about […]

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Non-religious belief-based marriage: legislation deferred

The government’s long-awaited response, to its consultation on marriage according to the usages of belief organisations, was published this week. A “belief organisation” is:- An organisation whose principal or sole purpose is the advancement of a system of non-religious beliefs which relate to morality or ethics. The response was to defer any legislation, and to […]