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by Trickle
November 10th, 2011, 8:37 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Britain's Religious Right at it again
Replies: 9
Views: 1278

Re: Britain's Religious Right at it again

When I read articles like that I'm never quite sure what to say because firstly they are so self-defeating in the first place there doesn't seem to be any point in offering a counter argument, and secondly the kind of people who buy into such nonsense and too far gone down the road of rabid foaming ...
by Trickle
November 10th, 2011, 8:13 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Catholic parents demand 'Vicar of Dibley' ban
Replies: 10
Views: 2967

Re: Catholic parents demand 'Vicar of Dibley' ban

Probably just as well they didn't include 'Life of Brian' in RE lessons.
by Trickle
November 7th, 2011, 11:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Welcome human number 7,000,000,000
Replies: 21
Views: 2085

Re: Welcome human number 7,000,000,000

It's also important to note that ensuring women access to education does not mean that they will choose to make use of it. It's a sad fact of my country the UK that many people do not value education, an attitude which is often learned from parents but which can also arise from peer pressure which f...
by Trickle
November 6th, 2011, 1:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Welcome human number 7,000,000,000
Replies: 21
Views: 2085

Re: Welcome human number 7,000,000,000

I wonder when population growth will level out. I have deep reservations that it will be the consequence of any active decision on the part of individual citizens. If anything it's likely to be a top-down decision by whatever authority has sufficient power and the will to impose restrictions on the ...
by Trickle
November 3rd, 2011, 11:14 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Dr John Sentamu and psychosomatic spiritual entities
Replies: 9
Views: 1596

Re: Dr John Sentamu and psychosomatic spiritual entities

Trickle I suspect that, with sufficient lobbying and parliamentary support, we may see this being offered by the NHS Unfortunately it already is, hospital "Chaplains" cost the NHS £40 million annually, "Chaplains" are paid approximately double the salary of nurses. The witch doctor of York is merel...
by Trickle
November 3rd, 2011, 10:28 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Complementary therapies
Replies: 577
Views: 98804

Re: Complementary therapies

I am generally distrustful of complimentary therapies because I am sceptical about the proposed mechanisms by which they are supposed to work and find the woo aspect of most complimentary therapies off-putting. The only aspect of complimentary therapy which I believe is worthy of noting is the great...
by Trickle
November 3rd, 2011, 8:42 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Homeopathy
Replies: 1207
Views: 168564

Re: Homeopathy

My personal experience of those who use homeopathic products is that they defend it primarily on the grounds that 'it works for them'. As long as it's not being used as a substitute for actual medicine and the user is buying it with their own money I've no real opposition to the sale and use of home...
by Trickle
November 3rd, 2011, 7:56 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Dr John Sentamu and psychosomatic spiritual entities
Replies: 9
Views: 1596

Re: Dr John Sentamu and psychosomatic spiritual entities

The NHS already caters for those who wish to use homeopathy so I suspect that, with sufficient loggying and parlimentary support, we may see this being offered by the NHS along with healing crystals and suchlike.
by Trickle
November 3rd, 2011, 7:53 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Vote to Abolish collective worship
Replies: 10
Views: 3654

Re: Vote to Abolish collective worship

Signed, Having be disciplined as a small child at primary school for failing to show prayer the expected level of respect when we were expected to pray in lesson I think it's time for this general practice of compulsory religious observance to be set aside. As a small child I had no disposition towa...
by Trickle
November 1st, 2011, 5:35 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Should Christians lay off Wiccans?
Replies: 2
Views: 587

Re: Should Christians lay off Wiccans?

Wiccans are something of a minority so I don't believe that Churches will have much in the way of a motivation to change their attitude. Firstly because there aren't enough Wiccans to kick up a fuss and secondly because a state is unlikely to make much effort to address the issue, especially when th...
by Trickle
October 30th, 2011, 11:28 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Street Pastors
Replies: 70
Views: 11699

Re: Street Pastors

On the issue of the state funding religious charities and organisations I am on the mind that this is acceptable as long as the goals and conduct are in line with equality and diversity legislation, or even ahead of it where the legislation is lacking. I don't believe that we should oppose those who...
by Trickle
October 30th, 2011, 10:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Scottish Devolution
Replies: 924
Views: 55586

Re: Scottish Devolution

I don't want Scotland to leave the UK but if it's somewhat the majority of the Scottish want to do I wouldn't, as an Englishman, oppose it because they should have the right to self-determination. I'm also not opposed to the further devolution of power away from central government and parliament to ...
by Trickle
October 26th, 2011, 7:51 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: I don't believe in God - Ed Miliband
Replies: 3
Views: 1163

Re: I don't believe in God - Ed Miliband

His comments are rather bland and neutral which is what I would expect from a politician who realises that he isn't able to get the easy ride of saying he's a bit religious like David Cameron did but can reduce any reaction to his atheism by being non-confrontational on major issues at the moment, i...
by Trickle
October 26th, 2011, 7:41 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Songs of Praise
Replies: 25
Views: 3015

Re: Songs of Praise

I quite like church bells but then again I grew up with them so I don't really notice them. I once lived over the road from a church and the only problem with their bells is that they must have been automated or alternatively had some madman tied to the ropes because they would go off at odd times, ...
by Trickle
October 22nd, 2011, 6:41 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?
Replies: 104
Views: 9782

Re: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?

(...) although I question his view that under such circumstances, which surely apply to most if not all moral judgements, that the appropriate course of action to take is to leave it up for the mother to decide. We do not generally invest power of judge and jury into the hands of a single individua...
by Trickle
October 22nd, 2011, 1:09 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?
Replies: 104
Views: 9782

Re: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?

I am inclined to support a cut-off point at around 20 weeks because premature babies are beginning to survive at around that age, and with medical advances, we can reasonably hope that more will do so in the future. It is a complicated issue, though, and I can respect the argument for keeping the l...
by Trickle
October 21st, 2011, 7:10 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Fighting for Country, Not for God
Replies: 6
Views: 843

Re: Fighting for Country, Not for God

I haven't served in the armed forces but I have friends and family who have who are not religiously inclined. The general impression that I got from those individuals was that the padre's were people who they could approach and talk too about their experiences without the issue of coming out. Of cou...
by Trickle
October 21st, 2011, 7:02 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?
Replies: 104
Views: 9782

Re: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?

Trickle, I think your last two posts are excellent, and reflect some of my own concerns as well. It is wrong to present abortion as just a conflict between atheism and religion. Crucial principles are at stake. When does life begin? When (if at all) does the woman's right to control her body over-r...
by Trickle
October 20th, 2011, 8:18 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?
Replies: 104
Views: 9782

Re: Should protests outside abortion clinics be allowed?

Trickle namely the premise that an individual considers human life to be precious. But a 20 weeks old fetus isn't a human life, is it? It's 100% reliant on the mother for survival. Moving onto the practice of protesting outside of abortion clinics itself I can't help but wonder if the views of thos...
by Trickle
October 19th, 2011, 8:48 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: 'Muslimophobia'
Replies: 23
Views: 3079

Re: 'Muslimophobia'

The perception that Muslims are fundamentally opposed to the values of western society such as free speech and equal rights for women is one such false dichotomy which I believe can be safely disregarded. I don't want to criticise, but I wonder if you wrote exactly what you meant (or is that vice v...