Did you hear the one about the Church of England clearly condemning witchcraft? Me neither.
Congratulations to Clive Bone and the National Secular Society for their successful judicial review challenging council prayers. This has triggered the inevitable backlash predicted by the NSS president, Terry Sanderson. Here I reproduce, and respond to, a piece in The Telegraph by Ed West, point by point.
Regular readers of this blog may be familiar with some of these arguments from previous articles, but I thought it would be helpful (for myself and others) to have these set out conveniently in one article in the context of faith schools.
An open Christmas card to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
How I despise your supposed moral superiority
I liked this article on the BBC website about Banksy’s Cardinal Sin sculpture, which was “designed as a response to the child abuse scandal in the Catholic church”, and in particular I was fond of this comment from the artist:
“The statue? I guess you could call it a Christmas present. At this time of year it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity – the lies, the corruption, the abuse.”
Is there anything wrong with a picture of the Pope kissing an imam?
A good day for Catholics and an even better day for women. And now for the final trick: Disestablishment.
We have a radical, revolutionary Prime Minister who thinks that Roman Catholics are – brace yourself – decent enough human beings to marry the Head of State of the United Kingdom.
You don’t have to be a former religious leader with a talent for talking rubbish to sit in the House of Lords, but it does help.
Blasphemy has risen from the dead. Would Jesus be this easily offended?
It’s high time acts of terrorism were unequivocally condemned and the actual perpetrators blamed for the violence they unleash. Makes a pleasant change to blaming everyone and everything else, including the victims.
I thought I would attend this debate while debates are still permitted.
And this just in: nice guy from dysfunctional German family to marry nice girl from functional English family.
With all the serenity and poise of a beached whale, Ann Widdecombe has waded in to support religiously-inspired discrimination, and she has appointed herself as the official spokesperson for all Christians. Oh, and all Christians are homophobic, apparently.
Dr. Starkey seems to think that religiously-inspired discrimination is fine. I’m puzzled.