Christianity and flourishing

Pope Benedict, the spiritual leader of over a billion people, in his Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia, compared Europe to Africa. And he obviously much prefers Africa. He sees Europe as a sink of immorality, of self-interested peoples, who are...

A failure of empathy

I was told by a Christian that the torture and execution of Jesus was a good thing. Such a failure of empathy is truly astounding. I can only assume that my interlocutor did not really appreciate what a Roman crucifixion involved; the alternative, it...

Homophobic Cardinal

In yet another example of Christian inability to accept people are people, Cardinal Francis George compares the gay rights movement to the Ku Klux Klan. 'Organisers [of the gay pride parade] invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have...

Bad Taste

Dr Tim Stanley is a right wing, conservative, Christian fruitcake, who has a blog at the Daily Telegraph. As a nice Christmas present, he has treated all his readers to his thinking on how the War on Christmas is real and how the atheist barbarians...

The religiocentric love affair with ignorance

The religiocentric, I am persuaded, are in love with ignorance. I have come across countless illustrative examples of this love affair. They are as obsessed with the object of their heart's desire as the lust-struck Romeo and Juliet, who were so...

Buon Natale

Yesterday, as I was drinking an americano in an Italian cafe in Leeds, I was subjected to the salutation that is more or less ubiquitous at this time of year. 'Merry Christmas,' said the indefatigable owner of the cafe. 'Buon Natale,' I replied,...

Milo's in charge

It is fifty years since Joseph Heller's masterpiece, Catch-22, was published. And as time has past, the novel has paradoxically only grown in its relevance. In making this claim, I am not thinking the eponymous double bind that is illustrated so well....

Pet Hates

What on earth are pet hates? I know both these words. Pets are those different species companions. And they are wonderful. A source of joy and love and all things good. They are as far from hate as one could conceive. Yet, nonsensical, or at least...

Can-Do

Many people greatly admire a can-do attitude. See it as virtue to emulate. Some, in these materialistic and entrepreneurial days, even represent it as the zenith of human qualities. Speaking for myself, I cannot say I am persuaded. Let us consider the...

Mad Mullen

The adulterous, homophobe, Reverend Doctor Peter Mullen declares Richard Dawkins 'is not a proper atheist'.* The arrogant absurdities of the religious mind are truly a wonder to behold. How can belief in a deity qualify one to determine what...

Cantar Crime

It is traditional in Islamic culture for a prospective husband to give his wife-to-be a cantar, a great amount of gold, on their wedding. Here in Bradford, this practice has of late led to a particularly disturbing crime wave. The crisis in finance...

Christianity and non-violence

In the Gospels, one reads the reported words of Jesus. 'Blessed are the peacemakers,' he says, and 'Love thy enemy'. It seems unreasonable to interpret his message as anything other than pacifist. And oft times Christians will refer to the teachings...

Access all posts?

Munkeyman has a post in debatingpolitics, 'Bush Lied'. The thrust is of course that Bush did not lie, that there were weapons of mass destruction, posing a clear and present danger to us. In order to support this, munkeyman says:     "550...