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by peterangus
October 14th, 2012, 11:07 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Brainwashing of the young
Replies: 9
Views: 1648

Brainwashing of the young

Here is a man engaging in one of humankind's most widespread, most successful, most abhorrent, activities. Namely, damaging the minds of immature children, so as to influence their lifelong behaviour. His predecessors have been so adept at this that he can carry on with impunity. Most adults, becaus...
by peterangus
March 5th, 2012, 2:32 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Religious privilege
Replies: 50
Views: 4344

Re: Religious privilege

A privilege not yet mentioned in this thread is the licence for various churches to enact legal marriage.

The bishops ruthlessly exploit this church-state connection to poke their noses into the nation's bedrooms.
by peterangus
May 5th, 2011, 2:27 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: just suppose you were wrong after all...
Replies: 43
Views: 3426

Re: just suppose you were wrong after all...

animist's question is addressed to unbelievers, I presume.

It could apply more-widely.

Imagine the panic of a Christian soul cofidently approaching the pearly gates, to be confronted not by a snowy-bearded Saint Peter, but by a black-bearded ayatollah.
by peterangus
May 4th, 2011, 12:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Our adversaries
Replies: 7
Views: 1130

Re: Our adversaries

I will attempt to restate my openning post. I am struggling to make sense of our [UK] supernaturalism-saturated politics. It seems to me that there are lots of influential people [who are more-interested in this life than the afterlife] who promote religion so that they can benifit from its effects ...
by peterangus
April 26th, 2011, 7:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Our adversaries
Replies: 7
Views: 1130

Our adversaries

Who are we [humanists, secularists] in conflict with? It is usual to depict our adversaries all as religionists, of diverse stripes. But are they just the "front"? Is there a less-obvious, more-powerful force backing them up? Who are the others [in addittion to the churches] who benefit from the con...
by peterangus
April 18th, 2011, 5:39 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: The British Humanist Association
Replies: 35
Views: 4820

Re: The British Humanist Association

Get religion out of schools and it will quickly die. We are moving in the opposite direction. In recent years, polls of school-leavers have shown a trend to "no religion". The "powers that be" will not allow that! So, over the next several years, thousands of schools [including secondaries] will be...
by peterangus
April 10th, 2011, 3:39 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: The British Humanist Association
Replies: 35
Views: 4820

Re: The British Humanist Association

Get religion out of schools and it will quickly die.
Alan

Yes. But how?
by peterangus
February 23rd, 2011, 3:41 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: "Segregated Schooling Improves Social Cohesion"
Replies: 19
Views: 4008

Re: "Segregated Schooling Improves Social Cohesion"

The ridiculous contradictions continue. Cameron rails against multiculturalism. Gove promotes evermore sectarian schools, almost unchallenged. What is it that unites the main parties in their promotion of "faith" schools? Is it a dread of a terminal decline in the CofE, with the consequent constitut...
by peterangus
January 18th, 2011, 10:44 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Are there any moral facts?
Replies: 137
Views: 15183

Re: Are there any moral facts?

My take on a BBC Radio4 [beyond belief] discussion.
by peterangus
October 17th, 2010, 8:53 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Faith Schools
Replies: 29
Views: 5819

Re: Faith Schools

Fia wrote:....... Let those who wish to indoctrinate do so through out of school activities...............
We should discourage the religious indoctrination of young children, no matter where. Whether in-school or out-of-school.
by peterangus
October 14th, 2010, 5:07 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: What shall it profit a man?
Replies: 11
Views: 1925

Re: What shall it profit a man?

coledavis wrote:..... can anyone suggest an alternative word to soul which doesn't ring of immortality,........
Self respect......?
by peterangus
August 27th, 2010, 8:40 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Humanism, religion and charity
Replies: 39
Views: 5147

Re: Humanism, religion and charity

The churches' propaganda gives the impression that all their charitable activities are funded by true believers. The usual dishonest nonsense.
by peterangus
August 26th, 2010, 5:58 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Once you've 'had' a deity .....
Replies: 926
Views: 103392

Re: Once you've 'had' a deity .....

Devine intervention.
by peterangus
August 26th, 2010, 4:16 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Daily Mail------suprise!
Replies: 6
Views: 625

Daily Mail------suprise!

I never expected to see this in the 'Mail.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/artic ... er-up.html

[The second item near the bottom of the page. Not the titled item]
by peterangus
July 12th, 2010, 8:53 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: what do Humanist groups talk about?
Replies: 16
Views: 2368

Re: what do Humanist groups talk about?

val

Look at local groups' websites. The BHA has a liist of links.

Try this one for starters:http://www.lancshumanism.org.uk/
by peterangus
June 21st, 2010, 6:58 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 49250

Re: Free will

Life presents us all with a vast number of choices, where we excercise free will. We can imagine many more situations which are beyond realistic achievement. There will also be some choices which are denied us [or made difficult] by our own mindset. There are millions of people who cannot totally ob...
by peterangus
June 21st, 2010, 12:23 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free will
Replies: 683
Views: 49250

Re: Free will

The religious leaders most certainly believe in the existence of free will. They know that if it is allowed to flourish, then the preachers, priests, and popes will see their power and income fade away. They know full well that their continued existence depends on controlling peoples' minds. Their p...
by peterangus
June 6th, 2010, 6:19 pm
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Conversations between Pope and God
Replies: 16
Views: 2893

Re: Conversations between Pope and God

Almighty G : Why so glum, Ratzo? P : I'm anguishing about whether to out as an atheist; 'been pondering for decades, but the time never seems right. AG : Could be that now is a good time. P : Could be. If I plan it right, I could wriggle off this damned child abuse hook. First step would be to exco...
by peterangus
May 1st, 2010, 9:25 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Many avowed believers don't believe
Replies: 36
Views: 3380

Re: Many avowed believers don't believe

"Preachers who are not believers" by Daniel Dennett. Several real-life cases examined.
http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfa ... Clergy.pdf