This one’s from STV News and is about the demands of education standards in Scotland.
Around half of us Brits think that religion does more harm than good. Nearly 25% of us think faith is a good thing according to a study on the Independent.
And more interestingly? 20% of Brits who claimed to be very religious, stated that religion could be harmful to society while a quarter said that atheists were as likely to be moral individuals as the religious. [Read more…]
“Islam is a race” is an example of what happens when we broaden a term’s semantic range to support our ideological commitments.”
No it’s not. Glad you noticed.
But why do we call anti-Muslim sentiment as racism? Why do we class it’s usage as racism? Well? [Read more…]
Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood tries to put a more nuanced spin on the idea that religion is behind most of the world’s violence and oppression.
And I agree. I don’t think religion is behind most of the world’s violence. I know that there are big social, economic and political factors. [Read more…]
You were thinking about AIDS right? When you saw the title?
The truth is? HIV and AIDS ravage the MSM community. Many progressives don’t like the statistics but medically speaking? 5% of the population should not be around 50% of the cases. Now the argument is quite simple. Each gay man is a bigger part of the population due to their small numbers. Secondly? Gay men never had much reason for condoms before HIV so the disease had time to spread. And early hook up culture among MSM was quite promiscuous so the disease spread quickly during it’s latency period. So much so that being gay is still a big risk for HIV infection.
And HIV killed the female condom and other barrier methods of contraception. The male condom is less prone to failing and things like the cervical cap didn’t stop the spread of the disease.
But there is another disease with a rising association (falsely) with homosexuality. [Read more…]
This is a letter from the Bishop of the Providence Diocese demonstrating the reason for a separation of Church and State. By weighing in he has brought the spectre of anti-atheist discrimination into the city of Providence’s mayoral election.
This adds another problem for Jorge Elorza as many people do vote along religious lines. And the Catholic Church’s influence among the Latino community can affect voting politics. [Read more…]