Archive for the ‘religion’ Category

Mohammed is the Most Popular Name for a Boy

December 1, 2014

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…)

Did an Earthquake Create the Turin Shroud?

February 18, 2014

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…)

Warsi on Secular Society

February 15, 2012

Baroness Warsi has been complaining about the ‘militant secularisation’ of society and the ‘marginilisation of religion’. If she means that the views of the religious are not deferred to in policy making, she is probably right but does she really want to change that? As a Muslim, she should perhaps be careful what she wishes for. (more…)

Scare Story Supported by Dodgy Reasoning

October 12, 2011

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…)

An Email To Nadine Dorries

September 3, 2011

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…)

The YEC Trickster God

November 20, 2010

[BPSDB]It seems to me that Young Earth Creationists (YECs) worship a very strange god who likes to play tricks on his worshippers – making the Universe seem to be billions of years old even though – according to them – it is only about six thousand years old. (more…)

Stuff Benedict XVI

September 26, 2010

I have been giving some thought to the Pope’s pronouncements while he was in the UK. (more…)

Selling Salvation Is Big Business

February 7, 2010

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…)

A Second Year of Steam

January 17, 2010

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Having completed a second full year of blogging, I thought I’d do as I did in 2008 and post an overview of the year. It’s a bit late as I’ve just returned from South Africa and most of the time was a fair distance from an internet connection. Enough excuses. (more…)

David Herzog – Miracleman?

October 17, 2009

[BPSDB]As far as I can tell, David Herzog is an independeant evangelist but his methods seem to be taken from the same book as those of the UCKG. (more…)