Winter Wonderland

Winter has arrived in Yorshire early this year. Snow and ice have been with us for the past few days. The experts are predicting lots more to come and the the control freaks are advising everyone to refrain from making any journey. They apparently...

Theologian accuses Catholic Church of Homophobia

The respected theologian, Professor David Berger has accused the Catholic Church of institutionalised homophobia.   Mr Berger resigned all his offices in the Catholic Church earlier this year. He has now published a damning indictment of the...

Honour and Humour

It seems that a sense of honour is still to be found in modern political world. Minoru Yanagida, the Japanese Justice Minister, has resigned after making a flippant, off-the-cuff remark, which would have been seen by all here in the cynical West as...

Terrorism, torture and hush money

As is well known, the government is determined to drastically cut back on public spending in order to deal with the fiscal mess left by New Labour. This week saw one of the latest examples of this new found commitment to austerity. The Justice...

Adoption

  A brief history It is a common opinion that adoption is both ancient and in the best interests of the child. Both of these assumptions are fundamentally flawed. It is true that references to adoption can be found throughout recorded history....

In the beginning

 In the beginning was the word. And the word was, 'Oi!'   'Pardon?' said the creator.   'What's with all the racket?'   'Oh that,' replied the creator. 'I call that the big bang. I am rather proud of it.'   'Bit noisy, if you...

Polarising the debate

One of the fascinating aspects of politics, as practised in the US, is the way that party allegencies seems to be more important than simple facts. One example of this tendency can be seen in the disputes about who is responsible for the staggering...

How do you defame a pedophile?

It seems the answer is very easily, especially if one happens to live in an Islamic country such as Pakistan. Take the case of Asia Bibi. She found herself drawn into a dispute about religion when some of her fellow farm workers tried to convert her...

Quakers support terrorism

Cageprisoners represents itself as a human rights organisation. It was set up to campaign on behalf of Guatamano detainees and other alleged Islamist terrorists. The organisation receives funding from a number of groups, including the Joseph Rowntree...

Foreign Aid

International aid is big business. Taxpayers money is purportedly given to poorer peoples across the globe in order to promote development and reduce poverty. However, the reality is often very different.   Ethiopia is a country that Tony Blair...

Jonah Matombe

Sixty years ago winds of change swept the continent. They howled and rampaged through country after country, turning the world upside down. But the land where this tale is set was left completely untouched, like the stillness at the heart of the...

The Miraculous Jonah Matombe #1

It was sixty years ago when the winds of change swept the continent. They howled and rampaged through country after country, turning the world upside down. But the land where this tale is set was left completely untouched, like the stillness at the...

Must do better!

The mid-term elections proved to be a disaster for the Democrats. President Obama claims he is humbled and acknowledges that he must do better. However, his listeners waited in vain to discover precisely what he thinks he has been doing wrong. As far...

Stopping freedom of speech

YouTube has been placed under considerable pressure from politicians and media commentators to remove all the Anwar Al Awlaki videos, on the ground that his calls to jihad are an incitement to violence. In response to this pressure, according to the...

Evolution is random!

Do you remember the mayor of Amity Island in the film 'Jaws'? Well, it turns out that he - the actor, that is - is a creationist. I have just had the pleasure of watching him disprove the theory of evolution in the space of a couple of minutes. Wow!...

A Quiz

Of all the worldviews in history, religious or secular, which is the only one to have provided a basis for the attempt to create a society that provides for:   freedom of speech;   freedom from arbitary power;   freedom of...