De mortuis nihil nisi bonum

20 March, 2014 // 4 Comments

Sir Michael Parkinson once said that British reality-television star, Jade Goody, had come to represent ‘all that’s paltry and wretched about Britain’. He was criticised for his comments because Goody had recently died of cancer at the age of 27. Had his comments been made when she was alive and not dying hardly anybody would [...]

Hate and Discrimination: Forgetting Atheist Students

13 February, 2014 // 0 Comments

In 2012, after interviewing 9,229 students about their experiences with religiously motivated hate crime in Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE), the National Union of Students (NUS) published the ‘No Place for Hate’ report. In it they concluded that ‘hate incidents on the basis of prejudice against peoples’ [...]

I went to a Creationist Zoo for Darwin Day and this is what I found

12 February, 2014 // 25 Comments

The animals went in two by two, Hurrah! Hurrah! On this day in 1809 Charles Darwin was born. Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory, established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that [...]

Whatever floats your godless boat

18 January, 2014 // 3 Comments

I am non-religious. I always have been despite the best efforts of a Church of England Primary School, and those two or so years I spent in the company of Spiritualist friends, seduced by their ideas of an afterlife. I’m a happy non-religious, non-worshiping, atheist human being with as much good as bad to my name. When I turned my back on [...]

Mummy, is Santa really real?

12 December, 2013 // 3 Comments

A Wiltshire based vicar has landed himself in a spot of bother after telling children at a Chippenham school the story of Saint Nicholas which is the origin for the modern figure of Santa Claus. Apparently children went home in tears as Christmas was ruined for them. The Guardian reported that ‘Linzi Merritt, whose son Levi, nine, attends [...]

Religious Healing Claims not exempt from CAP Codes

22 October, 2013 // 5 Comments

Today the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) advised via their website that claims of Religious and Spiritual Healing are not exempt from being found to breach CAP Codes stating ‘Rule 12.2 prohibits marketers from discouraging essential treatment for conditions for which medical supervision should be sought.  They should not offer [...]

Jesus and Mo walk into a Freshers Fair…

5 October, 2013 // 0 Comments

When Atheist students from Reading University got kicked out of their Freshers Fair for naming a Pineapple ‘Mohammed’ in 2012 I felt conflicted about the situation because I felt that they should have seen it coming. ‘What did they expect?‘ I asked. Then I realised that the fact we expect this reaction isn’t [...]
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