You can make any choice you like as long as its a baby.

By choosing to focus of the scientific evidence relating to abortion as the central plank of its deliberations on changes to the existing abortion laws parliament has, unintentionally I’m sure, created a ready market for ill-informed and idiotic op-ed articles in the dead tree press, and with the […]

An atheism meme

Via Chris, I find that there’s an ‘atheism meme’ going around that, unusually for such things, is actually worth picking up and responding to, so… Q1. How would you define ‘atheism’? An absence of belief in gods, supernaturalism, etc. Q2. Was your upbringing religious? If so, what tradition? […]

Push-polls and Co-payments

Having given a little thought, there are a couple of things I want to pick up on from yesterday’s article on the NHS’s co-payments policy. The first comes by way of a little bit more research into the Doctors for Reform campaign group, research that yielded up the […]

Permission to lie with impunity, M’lud?

It is with much amusement that I find that the Christian Institute is currently picking a legal fight with, of all companies, Google after it decided that this proposed AdWords entry breached its acceptable content guidelines: UK Abortion law Key views and news on abortion law from The […]

Off with the sky fairies…

Blair’s speech on faith and globalisation looks set to be a bit of lulu, if this quote from the Grauniad are anything to go by: “Faith is reduced to a system of strange convictions and actions that, to some, can appear far removed from the necessities and anxieties […]

Eternal Mendacity of the Religious Mind

There is, it seems, no limit to the utter mendacity of the religious mind when bent on self-justification, as the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy O’Connor so neatly demonstrates: Two months ago I was in Zimbabwe, to see for myself the desperate situation of so many people […]

There’s something about Kevin…

Name a famous Kevin… Keegan? Kline? Costner? How about Kevin Brennan..? Who? Kevin Brennan, the MP for Cardiff West and current Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Children Families and Schools… No? Never heard of him? Well sit back and relax because you’re about to…and […]

If you’ve something to say, just say it

For reasons I can quite fathom it seems to be my week for picking fights with feminists for putting up bad arguments on important issues – first there was this little head to head over at Liberal Conspiracy and now there’s this article by Joan Smith in today’s […]

Can I have a receipt for that?

In a move guaranteed to get right up the noses of the seething classes it appears that the BBC’s Newsnight programme may well have caught the Cameroonies favourite think-tank up to their elbows in fabricating evidence used in a flagship report on the alleged sale of extremist ‘Islamic’ […]

No one expects the Secular Inquisition…

I’m in a fisking mood today, and as Dorries is more that usually inane at the moment, I’m afraid its going to have to be a bit of Mad Mel that gets the bullet: Oh God! Tony Blair has confessed to religious faith being ‘hugely important’ to him […]