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by whitecraw
October 19th, 2007, 12:31 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: Academies
Replies: 21
Views: 3840

And yet the Chief Inspector of Schools in England and Wales declared himself satisfied with Emmanuel’s curriculum. How can this be? Also there has never been a religious dimension to Emmanuel’s student intake policy. While the school has a strong Christian ethos, it is populated by pupils from all d...
by whitecraw
October 19th, 2007, 12:20 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should parents have the right to refuse vaccinations...
Replies: 310
Views: 70668

Refusing medical treatment one doesn’t want is a fundamental human right, instituted by (among others) the European Convention on Human Rights and our own Human Rights Act. This means that patients should only undergo medical treatment to which they have given their consent. Children, of course, are...
by whitecraw
October 17th, 2007, 11:25 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Capital punishment and war
Replies: 11
Views: 1979

I'm agin the restoration of capital punishment because, as Dostoyevsky pointed out, 'hanging's too good for them'.

I'm also agin war. But... there you go... Shit happens.
by whitecraw
October 17th, 2007, 5:54 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Greggs bakeries (religious rights at work)
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

Surely the point is, there shouldn't be a room in the workplace where workers can just disappear for half an hour at a time, four or five times a shift, regardless of what you call such a room. I agree. That's plain bad management. The minimum rest break to which a worker is entitled under the EU W...
by whitecraw
October 16th, 2007, 11:29 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Greggs bakeries (religious rights at work)
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

I'm glad that Mr Holden's religious liberties have been upheld. The Royal Mail has treated him shabbily. An excellent outcome.
by whitecraw
October 15th, 2007, 9:57 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Moral dilemmas - a question for humanists
Replies: 19
Views: 3898

Willingness to die for a cause or for the greater good of humanity is, in his view, unreasonable, irrational and illogical. Is he right? Depends... 'Unreasonable, irrational and illogical' relative to what? Self-interest? Perhaps. A prior commitment to some self-transcending principle like 'the gre...
by whitecraw
October 15th, 2007, 9:49 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Help sought with 'case for god'
Replies: 12
Views: 1332

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by whitecraw
October 15th, 2007, 9:49 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Help sought with 'case for god'
Replies: 12
Views: 1332

I am not clear in what sense you say the Christian Philosophy site 'got it wrong', can you explain please? I just meant that the argument Lifelinking quoted, which is purported to be [a fair representation] of Aquinas’ ‘Third way’, doesn't do justice to it at all. Regarding Aquinas I have read some...
by whitecraw
October 15th, 2007, 9:46 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Hospital chaplains
Replies: 36
Views: 4559

God, that was quick! Here’s NHS Lothian Primary Care Trust’s Plan for Spiritual and Religious Care… http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/spiritualcare/policy/documents/sp_lothianprimary_operational%20policy%20(draft).pdf . and NHS Lothian’s Spiritual Care Policy http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/spiritualcare/policy...
by whitecraw
October 15th, 2007, 9:41 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Hospital chaplains
Replies: 36
Views: 4559

I can sympathise with your friend. There are fewer things worse than being ill in hospital. But it’s no part of a hospital chaplain’s duties to ‘bother’ anyone. S/he may receive referrals from hospital staff, carers and patients (including self-referrals), but s/he should not proselytise. If your fr...
by whitecraw
October 15th, 2007, 12:46 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Hospital chaplains
Replies: 36
Views: 4559

Apologies, squiffy :redface: . But your link merely repeats the assertion jaywhat made and doesn't provide any evidence of its truth. And, yes: I'm always this angry; famed for my equanimity, I am. Alan I'd be unhappy if NHS hospital hired religious proselytisers too. And I'm sure the hospital manag...
by whitecraw
October 15th, 2007, 12:21 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Help sought with 'case for god'
Replies: 12
Views: 1332

The Christian Philosophy site seems to have got it wrong. The ‘Third Way’ is Thomas Aquinas’ cosmological argument for the existence of God. It’s called the ‘Third Way’ because it was the third of five proofs of God’s existence that Aquinas gives in his Summa . I won’t bore you with the details of A...
by whitecraw
October 14th, 2007, 9:38 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Hospital chaplains
Replies: 36
Views: 4559

One chaplain costs as much as 2 nurses. Squiffy... Your link merely repeats the assertion you made and doesn't provide any evidence of its truth. I did a wee bit of digging and, currently, the going rate for Hospital Chaplains is £22,886-£31,004 per annum, which in most Hospital NHS Trusts is the s...
by whitecraw
October 13th, 2007, 9:29 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Greggs bakeries (religious rights at work)
Replies: 30
Views: 4467

It seems to be kosher, Lifelinking; I read a rather fulsome report on the matter in the Rutherglen Reformer. It seems that Muslim workers in Greggs facilities down south have been requesting more hygienic arrangements in works toilets: Muslims (and Hindus) are required by tradition to wash their net...
by whitecraw
October 12th, 2007, 9:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: How not to do it
Replies: 14
Views: 2279

Maybe if the workers stopped fuelling the overheated property market by bidding more they can afford for Barrett boxes, they wouldn’t be so poor. As for the 99% of Toohey’s who have nothing else to sell apart from their labour power – not even a Barrett box – we can only be glad that there is not so...
by whitecraw
October 12th, 2007, 9:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Do women belong in the home?
Replies: 14
Views: 2171

My wife has worked since she was 15, (37 years) I think anybody who tried to deny her that right would get a slosh in the gob wi a wet fish! At least!
She's not a fishwife, is she? I wouldn't want to get the sharp edge of her tongue if she is.
by whitecraw
October 12th, 2007, 9:21 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Religion: Unconscious evolution?
Replies: 2
Views: 825

Religion is a human institution. Institutions are structures and mechanisms of social order and cooperation which govern the behavior of two or more individuals. Institutions are identified with a social purpose and permanence which transcend individual human lives and intentions, and with the makin...
by whitecraw
October 11th, 2007, 6:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Do women belong in the home?
Replies: 14
Views: 2171

The objection here is to the knee-jerk assumption that somehow it is natural and admirable for women to be in the paid workforce. And just as objectionable is the knee-jerk assumption that somehow it is natural and admirable for women not to be in the paid workforce. Is it really the business of an...
by whitecraw
October 11th, 2007, 12:47 am
Forum: Education
Topic: What is Human Nature? Talk on Thursday, Edinburgh
Replies: 1
Views: 3473

The question of human nature takes us right back to the dawn of western philosophy and the more general question of universals. Universals are the supposed referents of general terms like ‘red’, ‘table’, ‘tree’ and ‘man’. Human nature is that to which the term ‘man’ is supposed to refer. But why sho...
by whitecraw
October 8th, 2007, 4:36 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Hospital chaplains
Replies: 36
Views: 4559

Spiritual guidance in a Christian context is reflection on the presence and action of God in your life and prayer with a trained and experienced guide. The idea is that this reflection leads to a greater knowledge of both God and yourself. In a typical guidance session you take a deeper look at what...