Tagged: religion

Traditions and social arrangements out of step with social diversity - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Dec 10, 2015

A new report from The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life recommends changes which challenge the current traditional role and power of religion in the UK. Among its recommendations are: National and civic events should reflect the pluralist character of modern society and “national forums such as the House of Lords, [should] include a wider range … Read More

Australian census religion question – progress - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Aug 30, 2015

Looks like Australians have won another small victory in the way that their religiosity is officially assessed. In particular how census forms pose the religion question on census forms is posed.   I discussed the problems in my article Non religious in Australia and New Zealand. The Australian census form buried the “no religion” option – and may, therefore, … Read More

Social health policies, freedom of choice and responsibility - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Feb 05, 2015

Social health policies inevitably raise the issue of the individual’s freedom of choice. While debates around these policies often concentrate on questions of fact, scientific consensus and reliability of evidence, these tend to be surrogates for the underlying values issues. To … Continue reading → … Read More

Sunday reading – Richard Dawkins reads some of his “fan mail” - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 25, 2015

This is a more recent version of Richard Dawkins reading some of his “fan mail.” Don’t remember much of the first batch he read – but get the impression the language skills of fundamentalists has become even poorer in the intervening period. Warning – explicit language. via Love Letters to Richard Dawkins – YouTube. Similar articles … Read More

GirlGuiding New Zealand Has Removed “God” From Their Promise - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Oct 17, 2014

In July 2012, Girl Guides Australia changed the promise all Girl Guides have to make, by removing the compulsory mention of “God”. After seeing this news, I looked up the GirlGuiding New Zealand website to find if they had a similar compulsory mention, and found that they had. Although I am obviously ineligible to be […] … Read More