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The UK Census

The British Humanist Association are campaigning to get people to tick the ‘no religion’ box when filling in this year’s census form.

The BHA’s campaign is more important than many people might think. The statistics provided by the census can influence government policy, and the more people who say they are religious, the more the government is likely to pander to their views.

Many people in this country in the past have ticked the ‘Christian’ box even though they don’t believe in a god, rarely go to church (maybe for weddings and funerals only), but they celebrate Christmas and Easter as a cultural, rather than religious occasion. If you’re one of those people, make sure you tick the no religion box this year. It won’t stop you celebrating Christmas, but it will help provide a more realistic picture of the number of religious people in the country.

Read more about the census campaign here: http://census-campaign.org.uk/

Praying for Japan

 

The most popular hashtag on Twitter at the moment is #prayforjapan.

Yet more evidence of the stupidity of religious people.

If they believe they’re praying to an all powerful god, they must also think the same god was responsible for the terrible events in Japan yesterday. And if they believe their god did something like that, why do they revere him so much?

The people of Japan don’t need prayers, they need practical help.

Poor Pope needs your money

I noticed today that there is a campaign to raise money to help pay for the pope’s visit to the UK.

The catholic church in the UK is trying to raise £7 in donations to pay for their costs. This is the church that has BILLIONS of pounds hoarded in bank accounts and gold.

Anyone who makes a donation is a victim of yet another scam by people who already have more money than they could ever spend.

Don’t donate to the church, donate to a charity instead.

The UK taxpayer will be paying much of the cost of the pope’s visit, for example the cost of security and policing. At a time when the government is making massive cuts in public spending it is wasting even more on this state visit. If the pope wants to preach his evil doctrine in this country he should at least have to pay for it.

For more information about the pope’s visit to the UK go to http://www.protest-the-pope.org.uk/

General Election 2010

With the general election being only weeks away, I thought it was time to see if there’s a political party that shares my views on religion.
I can’t find one, which is hardly surprising, considering religion is not something the UK electorate votes on, apart from in Northern Ireland, and having an anti-religion stance is likely to be a vote loser.

The problem with this of course is that if politicians don’t make their religious views known – and don’t tell us how this would affect the way they do their job, we may end up with another Tony Blair situation. Few people knew of Blair’s religious convictions when he became prime minister in 1997, but his religion played a big part in the way he ran the country, particularly regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also instigated the big rise in faith schools, something that is divisive, exclusive, and very much against what the Labour party has always stood for.

The three main political parties all have their own humanist / secularist groups, they may represent a minority at the moment, but it’s a start.

Conservative Humanist Association: http://conservativehumanist.net/

Labout Humanists: http://www.labourhumanists.org.uk/

Humanist and Secularist Liberal Democrats: http://hsld.org.uk/

Chris Grayling and the B&B controversy

If you’re in the UK you’ll have heard that shadow home secretary Chris Grayling believes people who run bed and breakfast from their home should be able to discriminate against gay couples.

This follows a story from last month when a gay couple was turned away from a B&B by a couple who cited their Christian faith as a reason for doing it – despite it being illegal to discriminate in this way.

While there has been a lot written about this, I haven’t seen anyone write about the real problem. The real problem of course being that, yet again, people are using religion to support their own bigoted views.

Discriminating against someone due to their race, gender, sexuality, hair colour etc is not acceptable. But people with bigoted views will be able to find a passage in the bible that supports those views, so they hide behind their religion rather than admitting they’re a bigot.

To prove this, you’d just have to go to the B&B in question, wearing clothes made from mixed fibres. God forbids that, it’s in the bible. But you can bet that Mr and Mrs B&B won’t mind. As long as you’re not gay.

People with religious beliefs shouldn’t be able to get away with this kind of thing, but they do. Religion gets an easy ride, people are too scared to offend the religious.

If Chris Grayling really believes that it’s OK to discriminate against gay people he should tell us why. If it’s for religious reasons he should be asked if he agrees with slavery, stoning to death and all the other immoral things god wants us to do.