Every news medium appears to be carrying the story that Mohammed is now the most popular boys name in the UK often accompanied by a top ten list such as in this piece. I couldn’t help thinking that this seems to almost intentionally designed to feed into right-wing paranoia so decided to look into the story. (more…)
Archive for the ‘religion’ Category
Last week I read a claim that the Turin Shroud could in fact date from the time of Christ and is not a medieval forgery.
The reason for believing it to be a forgery is the fact that three independent tests have “concluded with 95% confidence that the shroud material dated to 1260–1390 AD”. So what does the Telegraph’s Science Correspondent have that might necessitate a rethink? (more…)
I took exception to some dodgy reasoning in the letters page of the 12 October Evening Standard. I emailed a rebuttal but I suspect it will be cut if it appears at all, so here is the full text:- (more…)
I have been following the proposed amendment to the Health & Social Care Bill proposed by Nadine Dorries and Frank Field with interest and some concern – particularly the lack of evidence of any bias in counselling offered by the likes of Marie Stopes International and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. I am also concerned about some of the faith-based organisations lining up to take advantage of the amendment, should it pass. So I sent her an email:- (more…)
I have been giving some thought to the Pope’s pronouncements while he was in the UK. (more…)
I have been looking through the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) accounts on the Charity Commission website. Most interesting they are too. Anyone who wants to check my working or find out more, go to the website and enter 1043985 (the UCKG HelpCentre’s registration number) in the search function. (more…)