Paul's Blog – May 2009 Archive (6)

Some good news on Blasphemy

Council of Europe attacks blasphemy laws



Blasphemy is part of a person's freedom of expression and should not be made illegal, a Council of Europe advisory body said in a report published Wednesday. The body’s constitutional law experts, the Venice Commission, argued that while inciting religious hatred should be a criminal offence, as is the case with almost all of the Council of Europe's 56…
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Added by Paul on May 31, 2009 at 2:50am — 2 Comments

Quote of the Day: God is great...for men

The intimate and inescapable connection that contemporary liberal believers like to see between God and love, theism and compassion, is largely a modern invention. It's far from universal now and it was vanishingly rare in the past. St Francis was an eccentric, not an exemplar. The painful truth is that still, to this day, most people who believe in a god believe in a god who is often vindictive, punitive and sometimes just plain cruel.
- Ophelia Benson on why God hates… Continue

Added by Paul on May 31, 2009 at 1:51am — No Comments

A holy mission: Is this the real reason Blair went to war in Iraq?

The NSS Newsline is usually a pretty good source of information which is why I'm not immediately dismissing this article as being nothing more than a conspiracy theory.



What they are suggesting is that Blair's enthusiasm for the invasion of Iraq was inspired by a belief, shared with Bush, that the invasion was a “holy mission” and "a fulfilment of Biblical prophecy".



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Added by Paul on May 30, 2009 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Help defend blasphemy in Ireland

If you are Irish, or living in Ireland, a new website has been set up to campaign against the regressive anti-blasphemy legislation proposed by Dermot Ahern.



The site is well worth a visit and includes a wealth of background material, including a history of Irish Blasphemy Law that brings us right up to the current situation:



The Oireachtas Joint Committee on…
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Added by Paul on May 11, 2009 at 11:07am — No Comments

Elephants’ wings: A Parable

Once upon a time, four blind men were walking in the forest, and they bumped into an elephant. Moe was in front, and found himself holding the trunk. "It has a tentacle," he said. "I think we have found a giant squid!"



Larry bumped into the side of the elephant. "It's a wall," he said, "A big, bristly wall."



Curly, at the back, touched the tail. "It's nothing to worry about, nothing but a piece of rope dangling in the trail."



Eagletosh saw the…
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Added by Paul on May 10, 2009 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Heavy boots and critical thinking

This is simultaneously amusing and depressing.

Added by Paul on May 1, 2009 at 3:17am — 2 Comments

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