‘This House Believes that Religion is a Force for Good’ – Atheism UK Debate at Exeter University

The motion: ‘This House Believes that Religion is a Force for Good’. Chris Street, President of Atheism UK opposed the motion of the Friday 29th November 2019 debate at Exeter University Debating Society.

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Blasphemy Day, annually on 30th September

INTERNATIONAL BLASPHEMY RIGHTS DAY

or simply “Blasphemy Day”, is held each year on September 30th. It’s a day to show solidarity with those who challenge oppressive laws and social prohibitions against free expression, to support the right to challenge prevailing religious beliefs without fear of violence, arrest, or persecution.

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William Lane Craig’s First Reason for God – Refuted by Norman Bacrac

Norman Bacrac – Atheism UK Council Member

Norman Bacrac (1) has been a member of the Council of Atheism UK since 2011 and is a former editor of the Ethical Record (2).

 

 

 

This edited article, first published in the Ethical Record (3), refutes the first of William Lane Craig’s eight reasons for God. In further articles, published at Atheism UK during 2017, Bacrac will refute Craig’s seven other reasons for God.

Does God Exist?

In the Philosophy Now magazine, William Lane Craig (4) wrote in The God Issue, “Does God Exist?” (5). In this article, Craig argues there has been a “resurgence of interest in natural theology”.

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“Would today’s ‘wise men’ believe in God?” – BBC1 The Big Questions

Atheism UK was invited to be in the audience. Chris Street Atheism UK President attended the 8th January 2017 show. The topic “Would today’s ‘wise men’ believe in God?” was discussed for 20 minutes.

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Catholics lobby for state funded faith schools to select 100% pupils on faith

dfeShould faith schools be able to select up to 100% of pupils based on their faith? The Catholic Education Service (CES) has proposed that the current 50% cap be scrapped. 

In September, Theresa May announced a consultative Department for Education (DfE) Green Paper – “Schools that work for everyone”. For Faith Schools, the DfE say they “intend to deliver more good school places, while meeting strengthened safeguards on inclusivity.”

The Green Paper consultation CLOSES 12th December 2016. Please send your comments (see below) before that date.

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Chris Street, President Atheism UK

Chris Street, President of Atheism UK commented:

“It seems to me  that the Green Paper gives some spurious arguments for changing the 50% cap on selection in faith schools. If you are concerned about social integration and inclusive children’s education, I urge you to complete the Department for Education feedback form before 12th December.”

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