"A Man's a Man for all that!" - Rabbie Burns

"Religion? No thanks. I prefer not to outsource my brainwashing." - Bunc
Trying to get your average Joe creationist to understand the phrase scientific theory is as hard as getting a fish to enjoy mountaineering. Its an unimagined world for them - it requires a complete reversal of their normal modes of thinking and being. The fact that humans could explain the complexities of this world without a creating God is a world view they cannot grasp. It's like asking a tuna if it appreciates the view from the top of Mount Everest. Bunc

Oct 4, 2010

Hitchens Secularism and Religious freedom

In an Oxford University debate, with John Haldane, Christopher Hitchens makes a strong case that a secularist state , with strong separation between the state and specific religious interests, is the best guarantor of religious freedom. This video is one of a series of videos available covering this particular debate between Hitchens and Haldane





5 comments:

Looney said...

Your situation with the royal family being head of the church and government is truly an astounding mockery that seems calculated to offend everyone. Is there any value to retaining it just to create economic activity for the tabloids?

Bunc said...

Looney - it's certainly an outdated historical relic. I suspect the establishment have never tackled this issue because if this role was taken away from the monarchy then it woudl be one less reason why we would need one.

rummuser said...

For me, it is an enlightening experience to understand our own secularism vis a vis the British system. Now I understand where the idealism comes from and how it has got converted into pseudo secularism, with the majority religion being discriminated against while pampering the minority ones. The saving grace here is still the presence of science being taught in schools as it should be taught without discarding creationism.

Bunc said...

I'm not sure what you mean by "without discarding creationism" - do you mean that creationism IS part of the curriculum?

rummuser said...

My apologies. It should read, without discarding theory of evolution.

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