God and Disaster

A C Grayling has written a few thoughts that are well worth pondering over, here is an extract.

One thinks with sorrow of the hundreds of thousands whose lives have been horrendously lost or affected by the great Japanese earthquake and tsunami, which will put a black mark against this year 2011 in the annals, coming so soon after the earthquake that hit Christchurch in New Zealand. The events are almost certainly linked tectonically, reminding us of the vast forces of nature that are normal for the planet itself but inimical to human life, especially when lived dangerously close to the jigsaw cracks of the earth’s surface.

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CFI Campaign – “Living without Religion”

I don’t know if you have seen it yet, but there is a new CFI (Center for Inquiry) campaign that is a very nice multimedia ad campaign, with the message that it is possible to live a fulfilling life without God. They are targeting three specific cities, DC first, then Indianapolis and Houston. “With this … Read moreCFI Campaign – “Living without Religion”

Are you a Jedi knight?

Yep its that glorious once in a decade UK moment when we all have the joy of filling in the census forms that allow us to declare our details for future historians to churn through and turn into a Ph.D or two. To translate, its the moment when vast swathes of the UK population declare themselves to be Jedi Knights.

Now least you wonder about this and don’t understand, but instead scratch your head muttering WTF, well let me explain. Most normal populations have folks who simply tick the “No Religion” box, but here we delight in doing what is best described as “talking the piss” out of this entire process.

Back in 2001 during the last UK census, over 400,000 people declared themselves to be Jedi. The net effect is that its now an official UK religion, and not just a tiny one, but the fourth largest, bigger than Judaism, even bigger than Buddhism.

Its caught on, others are at it now. Here is a link to a site in NZ that encourages folks there to declare their Jedi faith. They explain …

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Ricky Gervais says atheism shouldn’t offend

Ricky Gervais was interviewed by Piers Morgan on CNN. They chatted about much, including his Atheism of course (rather hard to avoid that one). Here he explains that he is not offended when religious folks thank God, so why should religious folks be offended when he thanks God for making him an Atheist He also … Read moreRicky Gervais says atheism shouldn’t offend

Do you live in Ireland? – If so, Please read this.

There is a national census in Ireland, and it takes place in a couple of months … on Sunday 10th April to be precise. And, Atheist Ireland has a plea for you … Be Honest in the Irish Census on Sunday 10 April. Think before you tick your answer to the religion question, and give … Read moreDo you live in Ireland? – If so, Please read this.