Monday, 23 July 2012

Religion stuff from the week 16-22/7/12

'Free School due to open in September 2012 ‘teaches creation as a scientific theory’'
"TAKE ACTION! Write to your MP and to Michael Gove to oppose the plans, and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do likewise."
"BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented, ‘Grindon Hall Christian School is a classic example of the so-called “teach the controversy” approach, often used by American creationist groups to get creationism taught in schools. Creationists do not argue that evolution should not be taught; they simply argue that there is genuine scientific debate over the origins of the Universe and the Earth, and that therefore creationism should be taught alongside evolution.
‘The issue with the “teach the controversy” approach is that there is no scientific controversy over evolution and creationism: the scientific consensus is overwhelmingly in favour of evolution."

Despite the quote, let's not pretend that Gove is a reasonable man. He's just as intellectually stunted as other Conservatives:
'Why is Michael Gove so close to Christian extremists from LoveWise?'
"LoveWise claims women who have abortions are twice as likely to get breast cancer and also teaches children that the majority of rape victims who have abortions regret it."
The dangerous Christianist Lovewise organisation:
"Lovewise’s ‘Statement of Faith’ says that ‘We are committed to the truths of historic, Biblical Christianity, including the rightness of practicing sex only within a heterosexual marriage, which is the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others for life.’"
The "exclusion" bit sounds particularly loving!

'Schools deny girls cervical cancer jab on religious grounds'
"Girls in some English schools are being denied a cervical cancer vaccination on religious grounds.  The vaccine, which is potentially life-saving, is routinely offered to girls aged 12 to 13... One of the schools denying girls the vaccine claimed that their pupils ‘follow Christian principles, marry within their own community and do not practise sex outside marriage’."
This superstition is dangerous! I can't say it enough times.
Interestingly, it's the 'sex within marriage' brigade that exhibit higher incidences of relational betrayal. The idea that they don't do it is a massive lie!

Yes -- there definitely are creatards in the UK too

'The latest on Sanal Edamaruku'
"Sanal Edamaruku has fled India and the hounds of the Catholic church. He’s somewhere in Europe.
The church has said they will drop the complaint if Edamaruku apologizes — apologizes for exposing a weeping magic statue as the product of a mundane leaky pipe."

Taliban opposition to vaccination, in Afghanistan, imperils the lives of an estimated 350,000 children

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