Can We Please Stop Arguing About Which Human Rights Matter Most?

Last week Ireland overwhelmingly voted in favour of a change to their constitution that will allow same-sex couples the same marriage rights as others. They were the first country to do this by vote which is both odd but also encouraging. Go, Ireland!

Victories like this one should be celebrated and cherished even though gaining the right to marry doesn’t solve all of the issues LGBT people face. I don’t believe that anyone who campaigned for the change to the constitution believed it would, but it’s a good start. Continue reading Can We Please Stop Arguing About Which Human Rights Matter Most?

Religious Healing Claims not exempt from CAP Codes

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 specific advice on, diagnosis of or treatment for such conditions unless that advice, diagnosis or treatment is conducted under the supervision of a suitably qualified health professional.’ 

They cited specific claims that would be in breach of CAP codes with examples of times such claims had been made by religious organisations and also used as an example my successful complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about the claims being made by the ‘Healing on the Streets’ organisation in Bath who claimed that their god could heal everything from colds and broken bones to HIV and crippling disease. Continue reading Religious Healing Claims not exempt from CAP Codes

Pastor Terry Jones is wrong

US pastor Terry Jones has apparently said that we should all  “Hold Islam accountable” for the murders that have happened in retaliation for his book burnings. At least seven United Nations staff were murdered (with reports suggesting that up to 20 people may have actually been killed) after extremists stormed their compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The murderers beheaded two U.N. guards, seized their weapons and began shooting those inside the compound after a demonstration against the Koran burnings in the U.S. turned violent. Continue reading Pastor Terry Jones is wrong