Silence and death were, until recently, the choices of Christians in same-sex relationships. The fact that I can write that sentence at all, and the fact that its only possible qualification (apart from very few exceptions) is ‘but that was true of most people in same-sex relationships’ shows that the biblical exclamation “look how these …
One of the difficulties of addressing the issue of sectarianism in Scotland is agreeing on a definition.
Two common definitions are –
i) Religious bigotry.
ii) Anti-Irish prejudice or “racism”
The origins and definitions of the terms “race” and “racism”are also relevant – particularly for consideration of the second.
When Karl Marx arrived at the Pearly Gates, St Peter had a problem: Marx was on the guestlist, but God wasn’t a big fan. St Peter gave God a quick call to explain that Marx had turned up and what he should do about it.
Most of the activists I know are non-believers, although many were brought up within religious traditions. While England’s schooling system is fractured and has been subject to much change, within Scotland, little change in the educational governance arrangements has taken place.
In the Guardian, Julian Baggini has exploring hethanism in a really interesting series of articles culminating in a manifesto, in which he pleads to atheists to reconsider their relationship with religion. He identifies the smug tone which has come to be associated with the term “atheist”; the primacy that non-believers give to the material world and acknowledges …
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