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To show that Secularism and Freethought are alive and well in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Did Europe's centuries of religious war result in its secularism?

Started by Tom Sarbeck. Last reply by Chris Jul 30, 2016. 8 Replies

Did long-term monarchs impose their religions?In the US, with presidents' terms limited to eight years, religions might be imposed by majorities in state legislatures or Congress or by majorities on state supreme courts or the US Supreme Court.Continue

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Firms 'place asylum seekers in sub-standard housing'

Started by Stephen. Last reply by Mrs.B Jan 20, 2016. 1 Reply

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Comment by Mrs.B on Friday

Looks to be rather large too.

Comment by Doone on Friday

This seem very British - maybe it is just me

Astropecten articulatus, the royal starfish, is characterized by its bold colors. It has a purple granulated disk, which is the central region of the sea star, and the purple color continues to extend to its five flat rays, which are its arms https://buff.ly/2sf403W
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Comment by Mrs.B on November 4, 2019 at 0:37

Its happening in more places than we think.

Comment by Stephen on November 4, 2019 at 0:28

My MP tweeted this email sent to her by one of her constituents about how she and her daughter faces another Xmas without hot water.

I can't believe this sort of thing can happen in a rich country like the UK.

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UK Speaker emotionally reflects on murdered MP Jo Cox

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Operation Christmas Child: Does its charity benefit the public?

Samaritan's Purse is again launching its Christmas shoebox scheme in parts of the UK. The harm done by Operation Christmas Child should prompt a rethink of this Evangelical group's charitable status, says Megan Manson.

https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2019/09/operation-christmas-c...

Comment by Stephen on October 14, 2019 at 13:24

Don’t take lessons on democracy from Church of England bishops
The bishop of London has lamented the state of British democracy while delivering a sermon at the annual judges' service. Perhaps someone should point out the undemocratic nature of her own position, says Chris Sloggett.
On Tuesday the bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, delivered the sermon at the annual judges' service at Westminster Abbey.
During the service, which marks the start of the legal year, judges pray for guidance and sing hymns. Those responsible for upholding the law – and the government minister responsible for introducing it, the lord chancellor – take time away from their usual duties to bend the knee to the established church. And this all happens while they're on duty and being paid by the taxpayer.
The service both embodies and deepens the Church of England's exclusionary relationship with those who wield power in Britain. So it was quite something to hear that Mullally had used her sermon to lament the state of British democracy.
Addressing the current impasse over Brexit, she said we were "arguably" at a "low point" democratically and at a moment "filled with chaos and confusion". Perhaps, at this point, someone could have reminded her of the undemocratic nature of her own position.
Mullally is one of 26 bishops who sit, unelected and unaccountable, as representatives of the state church in our legislature. And during her sermon she took the opportunity to push her political and religious opinions on members of the judiciary – an institution which must, in a healthy democracy, remain rigorously neutral.
She casually advanced her view, or her interpretation of the biblical view, of the government's policies on prisons and the police. She also used the chance to promote Christianity, as she made contentious arguments about the relationship between the "biblical tradition" and the rule of law. Suffice to say, by virtue of her religious position, Mullally enjoys opportunities to influence public debate and public policy which aren't open to ordinary folk.
The Church of England now regularly weighs in to Brexit-related debates. Last week, for instance, all 118 of its bishops and archbishops issued a statement rebuking MPs for their language and calling for "a cooling of tempers on all sides".
Perhaps you think we shouldn't restrict the language politicians use to debate important issues. Or perhaps you think there isn't an equivalent problem with hot tempers on "all sides". Either way, you're unlikely to be able to respond on equivalent terms. The bishops' views are heard in the House of Lords and given plenty of weight in the press. If you're reading one of my blogs, yours probably aren't.
With Brexit so dominant within our politics, some will be tempted to welcome the bishops' interventions when they advance opinions that they like. In August a group of MPs even invited the archbishop of Canterbury to chair a 'citizens' forum' on Brexit.
But they should be careful what they wish for. One moment the bishops may argue that the government's attempts to leave the EU are too reckless; the next they might tell those who oppose Brexit to "stop whingeing".
https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2019/10/dont-take-lessons-on-...

Comment by Stephen on October 13, 2019 at 22:25

Ritual infant circumcision “morally impermissible”, say experts

The religious and cultural circumcision of non-consenting boys is "morally impermissible" and should be considered together with non-consensual female genital cutting, according to a panel of experts.
An article published in The American Journal of Bioethics in September says efforts should be made to "protect all nonconsenting persons, regardless of sex or gender, from medically unnecessary genital cutting".
Medically Unnecessary Genital Cutting and the Rights of the Child: Moving Toward Consensus says the moral reasons for opposing non-consensual female genital cutting apply to anyone unable to give their consent.
The paper argues that under most conditions, "cutting any person's genitals without their informed consent is a serious violation of their right to bodily integrity".
"As such, it is morally impermissible unless the person is nonautonomous (incapable of consent) and the cutting is medically necessary."
It also warns of a "collision course" in Western countries, owing to the disparity in legal protections afforded to boys, intersex children and girls.
The article says "the ethics of female, male, and intersex cutting must be considered together". It says all are "medically unnecessary" acts of genital cutting, performed mainly on young children "on behalf of norms, beliefs or values that may not be the child's own".
The paper also raises a recent US federal court case in which a judge said a law prohibiting female genital mutilation did not protect children in a non-discriminatory fashion, as it was specific to girls only.
National Secular Society campaigns officer Megan Manson said the article "should prompt policy-makers to seriously reconsider the current widespread acceptance of non-medical circumcision on non-consenting boys".
"Experts who have carefully considered the ethics of genital cutting have once again concluded that non-consensual, non-therapeutic male circumcision is no more morally permissible than cutting girls' genitals.
"As the harm caused by male circumcision becomes increasingly recognised, we should broaden the legal protections that girls already have to all children, regardless of sex or religious background. Female, male and intersex children should all have the same basic human right to bodily integrity.
"And this is also a reminder that extending the protections would strengthen them. If we continue to treat genital cutting inconsistently, we can expect advocates for FGM to continue to argue for the 'right' to cut girls as well as boys."
The paper's authors
The paper was written by The Brussels Collaboration on Bodily Integrity, a group of experts in medicine, law, ethics and other relevant fields. Dr Antony Lempert, chair of the NSS's Secular Medical Forum, is a member of the group.
The group also includes James Chegwidden, a barrister at Old Square Chambers, and Brian Earp, Associate Director of the Program in Ethics and Health Policy at Yale University and The Hastings Center. Chegwidden and Earp have both spoken about genital cutting at NSS events including the 2018 Healthcare & Secularism Conference.

 

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