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by Mike
November 25th, 2010, 3:45 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Halal food
Replies: 42
Views: 6695

Re: Halal food

Johann Hari: The religious excuse for barbarity Just read this link - well, what I could of it as the link keeps crashing. Seems that the RSPCA (and others) are concerned that Kosher and Halal "stunning" is not "stunning" as we in the west would know it. Halal stunning uses a much lower "shock" so ...
by Mike
November 25th, 2010, 3:31 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Halal food
Replies: 42
Views: 6695

Re: Halal food

Jaywhat said A visit to a halal slaughter house explained that animals are stunned. I was surprised as I understood that to be 'real' halal it must not be stunned. I thought that too but evidently not. On Radio 4 the other day they interviewed a New Zealand lamb producer who informed us that ALL New...
by Mike
November 25th, 2010, 3:19 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Britrish Schools Islamic Rules - Panorama documentary
Replies: 10
Views: 1286

Re: Britrish Schools Islamic Rules - Panorama documentary

I found the programme a little concerning but I also found myself sceptical of some of the findings. Panorama is made by journalists and journalists do like a story don't they? That said, Islamic (and indeed Christian) extremism is a reality that we need to guard against. My overwhelming feeling tho...
by Mike
September 7th, 2010, 11:52 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Remembrance Day
Replies: 20
Views: 4528

Re: Remembrance Day

As a retired serviceman November 11th is a day that I always want to remember and always want to be a part of, but the religious overtones really do make me feel uncomfortable. I for one would welcome a non-religious approach or, maybe as a compromise, I could go with an all inclusive approach.
by Mike
September 4th, 2010, 4:29 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Dogs are cruel, Cats are cool
Replies: 974
Views: 113542

Re: Dogs are cruel, Cats are cool

On a slight side note can I share this with you all -

Dog biscuits, doggy treats, chews, tennis balls and k9 toys urgently required as gifts for RAF Police and Military Working Dogs currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. No cash wanted - just treats and toys.

To help or donate PM me

Thank you
by Mike
September 4th, 2010, 2:32 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Hawking's new book says creator redundant
Replies: 27
Views: 4012

Re: Hawking's new book says creator redundant

We have a devout (or should I say fanatical) Anglican where I work. Yesterday a workmate relayed the Hawking's news to her. Her response was astonishing -

"That explains why he is in a wheelchair then!"
by Mike
August 27th, 2010, 9:54 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do animals have rights?
Replies: 57
Views: 11729

Re: Do animals have rights?

For me, both professionally and personally, animal welfare is a major issue. I feel very strongly that we, as the supposedly most intelligent species, have a duty to care for our animal cousins. This to me means that we do not treat with cruelty, we do not treat with indifference. That we do treat w...
by Mike
August 27th, 2010, 9:28 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Humanism, religion and charity
Replies: 39
Views: 5374

Re: Humanism, religion and charity

I work with a very well known animal charity. The shelter at which I work has a dozen or so staff who I am proud to call my friends. None of them are religious but they are all darned fine men and women who are trying, often against all odds, to do some right in the world. The church has no monopoly...
by Mike
August 17th, 2010, 8:59 am
Forum: Comedy Club
Topic: Once you've 'had' a deity .....
Replies: 926
Views: 118210

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

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by Mike
August 11th, 2010, 3:29 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Dogs are cruel, Cats are cool
Replies: 974
Views: 113542

Re: Dogs are cruel, Cats are cool

As some of you may have deduced I work for an animal rescue charity and Staffies are certainly presenting us with a challange at the moment. The animal centre that I work in is currently at full stretch dog and cat wise. Far and away the most common breed that comes to us is the Staffie. This is not...
by Mike
July 28th, 2010, 9:43 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: War and Humanism
Replies: 46
Views: 9040

Re: War and Humanism

In the UK we pay for our "free schools, welfare state & clean water" actually, we pay rather a lot for these things.
by Mike
July 27th, 2010, 1:10 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: War and Humanism
Replies: 46
Views: 9040

Re: War and Humanism

I served in the UK military for twenty-two years so it will probably surprise you when I say that, broadly speaking, I am anti-war. However, there are (IMHO) occasions when war is the lesser of the two evils. Sometimes, however unpallatable it may seem, you have to fight in order to avoid something ...
by Mike
July 27th, 2010, 12:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Chatter
Replies: 12
Views: 1216

Re: Chatter

Dave B wrote: Image
I am currently in the market for a new car and would like something eco-friendly, but there is no way I am ever going to be able to get two Border Collies and a German Sheperd in the back of that thing.
by Mike
July 26th, 2010, 8:44 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Three things I am really quite happy about
Replies: 119
Views: 10932

Re: Three things I am really quite happy about

1) Today was my last day at work for a fortnight.

2) The New Forest Show starts tomorrow.

3) Off to the beautiful Republic of Ireland on Saturday.
by Mike
July 26th, 2010, 7:30 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Is spending shitloads of money on pet vet treatment immoral?
Replies: 169
Views: 21388

Re: Is spending shitloads of money on pet vet treatment immoral?

I will own up to spending a few hundred pounds a year on pet insurance and vet bills for our dog, and if she needed expensive treatment that wasn't covered by insurance, it is quite probable that we would pay it (unless the treatment was risky and involved putting her through a lot of pain and we d...
by Mike
July 3rd, 2010, 6:11 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Word Association game
Replies: 19128
Views: 778615

Re: Word Association game

democracy
by Mike
July 3rd, 2010, 5:48 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: When did Jesus develop a halo?
Replies: 13
Views: 1567

Re: When did Jesus develop a halo?

Edited to ask,
Where was "Jesus" and what was he doing between the age of 12 and 30?


If he was anything like my teenagers he was probably being a right royal pain in the arse!