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by Zeff
September 4th, 2016, 8:41 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Standing for the National Anthem
Replies: 4
Views: 4502

Standing for the National Anthem

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/09/03/the-colin-kaepernick-controversy-liberal-redneck-edition/ I don't know that such 'protest' is sensible. We could all probably find some reason for protest against any national anthem. Would he remains seated for the Russian anthem in Russia? O...
by Zeff
September 2nd, 2016, 3:49 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: If marriage sound too religious then...
Replies: 17
Views: 7701

Re: If marriage sound too religious then...

I still think that married couples should be treated as two single individuals in law. People should make wills at 18 and marriage need have nothing to do with the State or the law. It can simply be a matter of conscience and whatever anyone wants it to be.
by Zeff
August 30th, 2016, 2:08 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: The Nightingale Collaboration
Replies: 416
Views: 62430

Re: The Nightingale Collaboration

http://goodthinkingsociety.org/projects/nhs-homeopathy-legal-challenge/nhs-homeopathy-spending/ At least spending on homeopathy seems to be declining and there now seems to be some talk that it should be virtaully discarded by the NHS. You can fool some of the people, some of the time....! There's ...
by Zeff
August 30th, 2016, 2:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Theocracy in Iran.
Replies: 1
Views: 1188

Theocracy in Iran.

https://www.change.org/p/free-nazanin-ratcliffe/u/17708717?tk=AFs50K2CdWyhADTPTcZnJZgrmFlJ0vCNe8nW5VGn6-k&utm_source=petition_update&utm_medium=email Iran is not a free country. There may be less violence than in Syria, but who would want to live there? (Apart from Lauren Booth who apparently feels...
by Zeff
August 23rd, 2016, 3:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of the NHS (if any)
Replies: 1748
Views: 154682

Re: The future of the NHS (if any)

The NHS is certainly run badly and Jeremy Hunt, (misleading as his statements may be) is backed by the Cabinet. He held his place in the last re-shuffle. The NHS in England and Wales seems to have many problems that the Scottish model has avoided or overcome. In Scotland, patient records are accessi...
by Zeff
August 20th, 2016, 11:48 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Remove all religious representatives from any Parliamentary institution
Replies: 1
Views: 3201

Re: Remove all religious representatives from any Parliamentary institution

Signed. Excellent idea and necessary for any progress. (I think the Scottish Enlightenment stalled! :-)
by Zeff
August 18th, 2016, 11:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Don't dismiss the good news
Replies: 0
Views: 6188

Don't dismiss the good news

...Rates of death in war show something of an uptick because of the war in Syria — but that’s still a fraction of the levels they were in the 1960s through the early 1990s, and that’s to say nothing of the World Wars. There has probably been a slight increase in the rate of violent crime in the US i...
by Zeff
August 16th, 2016, 6:41 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: What's a cleric to do?
Replies: 0
Views: 6525

What's a cleric to do?

I have wondered what happens when a priest or nun (for example) realises there's no Abrahamic god. It would be difficult to go to the job centre and start again, especially for the over-40s. This suggests one solution.. Don’t ask, don’t tell . There is a long-standing and unspoken taboo in many chur...
by Zeff
August 14th, 2016, 10:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Trident
Replies: 24
Views: 4651

Re: Trident

Just my view but: the argument for Trident is essentially MAD. It didn't work in 1914 (when European conflagration avoidance was supposed to be due to a balance of power, "we want eight and we won't wait", etc). It almost didn't work in the Cold War. We set the wrong example by having it today. It i...
by Zeff
August 14th, 2016, 10:01 am
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: BBC Report on Sunday Assembly
Replies: 34
Views: 11488

Re: BBC Report on Sunday Assembly

by Zeff
August 14th, 2016, 9:02 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: What I like about going to church
Replies: 13
Views: 3671

Re: What I like about going to church

You make a good point about the lack of community in society sometimes, Coffee. By all means, people (religious and not) should find community together wherever convivial. Inclusiveness is important. Churches naturally tend to exclude those who do not respect their beliefs. That is wrong. People hol...
by Zeff
August 13th, 2016, 4:39 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: What I like about going to church
Replies: 13
Views: 3671

Re: What I like about going to church

Thanks for your thoughtful replies Coffee. If community is sought, I find it in activities. From Badminton in the Church hall where there are (apparently) no Humanists to helping with the Humanist charity activity group there is community enough for me. All I am saying is that I found no community i...
by Zeff
August 12th, 2016, 3:28 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: What I like about going to church
Replies: 13
Views: 3671

Re: What I like about going to church

Just to be clear, I don't want community from the BHA. Different members get different support from it and may well feel differently. I want campaigns and coordination of action. When I say community, I don't refer to a Humanist group or a national association. I mean the larger community or society...
by Zeff
August 11th, 2016, 9:06 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: What I like about going to church
Replies: 13
Views: 3671

Re: What I like about going to church

I don’t associate those “pros” with religion per se at all. Generosity, forgiveness, kindness, compassion and all the others listed are behaviours and we now know that behaviour is determined by nature and nurture not by dogma, creed, superstition, or the supposed “ethos” of a sect. Those “pros” are...