Fundamentalism

Jesus Wants Me for a Child Killer

Paul Beaumont | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Paul Beaumont

While civilised people everywhere hold up their hands in horror at the massacre of children in Peshawar, Pakistan, we would do well to remember that it is human, not Biblical values, that stand firm against such evil.

Putting God in a Box

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Rob Owen Bell

By blindly insisting the creation myth of the Semitic tribes who became the Jewish people is fact - and telling children it is a valid alternative to the Big Bang - evangelical Christians are attributing to God the lack of imagination that cripples their own view of both humanity and the wider universe.

Asia Bibi and Death for Blasphemy

John Sargeant | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

The Supreme Court of Pakistan will now decide whether the death sentence for blasphemy will apply to farmworker Asia Bibi, who has already been beaten by a mob. Forget the shambles of a trial that cannot even repeat the allegation for fear it corrupt the soul of the Islamic nation, or the souls of those present may burn a little longer in hell.

Losing God, Finding Life

Paul Beaumont | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Paul Beaumont

I was a Christian for 25 years. In that period, I believed some of it for some of the time. I probably never believed all of it; I don't think any Christians do, in reality, other than those who habitually blur the distinction between reality and fantasy. My faith gradually declined until in the few years leading up to my Big Surprise - the mid-life crisis...

The Trauma of Accepting the Truth: Why Climate Sceptics Are Like Religious Fundamentalists

Kester Brewin | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK
Kester Brewin

Like the early church, what we need are politicians and leaders with the courage to live out the future as it has been revealed to them. It is time to move on from debate to action, hoping that we are not too late, but also, paradoxically, welcoming the trauma of more violent demonstrations of climate change at the doorsteps of those who continue to resist what deep down they probably already know.

The Solution Is Not the Problem

Josh Simons | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Josh Simons

I want to tell you two stories. They are very different. But together they make one coherent point, rarely discussed in our media: the solution to the grinding Israel-Palestine conflict is not the problem...

Is Pavlo Lapshyn a Terrorist? Not According To Most Media

Steve Rose | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Steve Rose

Pavlo Lapshyn committed acts of terror and carried out 'terror offences'. He is cold, calculating and extremely dangerous. Yet, according to most media, he is not a terrorist.

A Brief History of US Interventions, 1973-2013: History Repeating?

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Mixing moral case with geo-power turned out a toxic cocktail. The world cannot stand by as a brutal dictator gasses or violates his own people - in Syria or Chile. Neither it should stand for a toxic policy of military intervention.

Review: 'The God Argument - The Case Against Religion and for Humanism' By A.C. Grayling

Andrew Doyle | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Doyle

Whatever else one might think of Grayling's views, his skills as a writer are incontestable. The sheer clarity of his jargon-free prose makes The God Argument a pleasure to read.

The Mind of the Religious Terrorist

Ian Linden | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Linden

Tolkien's Gollum would have been a prime target for a religious terrorist recruiter. He is obsessed by the loss of a sacred treasure that defines his identity, obsequious yet angry in its pursuit, reduced to a split personality that goes down dark holes, addicted to being manipulated.

Richard Dawkins and the Myth of the Angry Atheist

Andrew Doyle | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrew Doyle

Religious positions would be better served if their proponents addressed the actual criticisms, rather than taking a defensive stance against the imagined disdain of those who disagree. Like Robert Frost's drunken cow, they bellow on a knoll against the sky.

If You Can't Do Doubt, You Can't Do God

Mark Vernon | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Vernon

One day, a philosopher was asked to define religion. His answer needed to be definitive, precise - the kind of formula that would satisfy lawyers, or the atheists of his day who sought a clear target at which to aim their critique.

Islamic Extremist Told UK Muslims To Claim Benefits To Fund Terrorism

PA | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK

An al Qaeda-inspired extremist called on British Muslims to claim benefits to raise funds for a terrorist training camp, a court has heard. Usman K...

Where was the mention of Saudi Arabia at the UN's anti-Racism conference?

Tom J Wilson | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK Politics
Tom J Wilson

Durban III, as the UN's world conference on racism and xenophobia has come to be popularly known, has long been synonymous with aggressively anti-West...

Equality Body Supports "Compromises" on Equality Laws

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 18.09.2011 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Christian fundamentalists should cease their phoney claims of persecution and drop their demand to be able to discriminate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Instead, they should concentrate on supporting their fellow Christians elsewhere in the world who are suffering real and grave persecution because of their faith.