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Category Archive: Britain

Jun 30 2014

Rolf Harris: the day it turned out nice men can be predators

Admitting Harris was a nice guy means admitting, too, that apparent nice guys do what he did.

Jun 22 2014

What actually happened at Edinburgh Central Mosque

Whatever we say about the sentencing, this wasn’t anything like as trivial as some suggest.

Jun 19 2014

Ann Widdecombe: in the good old days, you could still be a Nazi

Ms Widdecombe thinks fascists had it easier than Christians today. She’d know.

Jun 08 2014

Chapter 4: Dress-up

How could any of us defend being queer at a school where you were walloped for defending heels higher than an inch?

Jun 07 2014

Chapter 3: The Gag Reflex

Chapter 2: Other Boys. Around the start of junior school, teachers expressed concern about my hearing. It turned out after testing, sessions with a specialist and an hour of electrodes being stuck to my scalp that nothing was wrong with my ears; what I had, and the reason I often asked people to repeat themselves, was a form …

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May 09 2014

Intern full-time at the Sunday Assembly – for £20 a week

In January, I wrote an article at AlterNet advising secular groups on how to be less economically exclusive: how to remain accessible to hard-up nonbelievers, improve outreach and stop godlessness being a movement for the wealthy. The same week, Sanderson Jones – cofounder and newly appointed CEO of the Sunday Assembly – asked me to meet …

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May 07 2014

John Paul II was a reactionary pope

Lesser evil though he may have been, we shouldn’t rewrite history to lionise the Polish pope, under whom the Vatican’s regress on sex began.

Apr 30 2014

Anne Marie Waters resigns from the NSS

After writing yesterday of the anti-secular UK Independence Party, expressing concern its newly announced candidate for Basildon Anne Marie Waters sat on the National Secular Society’s board of directors, I received this statement minutes ago from the NSS: On 30 April 2014 Anne Marie Waters resigned from the NSS council of management upon becoming a …

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Apr 29 2014

4 questions for Anne Marie Waters and secularists voting UKIP

Britain’s European elections are in three weeks, with the right-wing UK Independence Party predicted first place. This blog’s core readers aren’t likely to vote for them, but the party has startling support in parts of UK secularism. Anne Marie Waters, who serves on the National Secular Society’s board of directors, was this month announced as …

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Apr 24 2014

Bisexuality’s supposed ease: another letter to Dan Savage

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April 6’s post, taking to task the warping of a two-syllable mumble by Tom Daley, did quite well. Those who shared it included Dan Savage at the Stranger, who’d joined the chorus hailing him as a former fake bisexual. ‘Daley will never have a sexual relationship with a woman again,’ Andrew Sullivan had written months …

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