An Australian football player lost his job with Rugby Australia recently because of comments he made on Instagram. Before I disclose what these comments were, it’s worth pointing out that … Continue reading Why isn’t Israel Folau selling his possessions to give to the poor?
I was going to write a post about faith-based leadership when I came across this article – Faith without works: Why the Prime Minister’s call to pray for rain is … Continue reading Faith-based leadership and a climate emergency
If Boris Johnson hadn’t generated a media tornado this week with his burkas resemble letterboxes comment I would not have known that Denmark recently banned people from wearing face veils … Continue reading I don’t like what you wear but I defend your right to wear it – part 2
Things that make me happy: A green landscape. Old furniture. Victorian buildings. Snow. A good pale ale. Vegan food. Music. My family. I got all these things for Christmas except … Continue reading A merry vegan atheist Christmas
I’ve haven’t written much lately because I’ve been busy. Everyone is busy, I know. All the snow has melted here but it hung around for a long time. Usually when … Continue reading Be kind to living things
We live in a free society where we can criticise our leaders without fearing for our lives and I value that immensely. We ought to be challenging Theresa May on … Continue reading Criticising our leaders and faith-based leadership
The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled this week that private companies can legally ban employees from wearing religious, political, or philosophical signs. I feel a bit uncomfortable … Continue reading I don’t like what you wear but I defend your right to wear it.
Peter Singer talks about abortion and same sex marriage in this video and specifically how Christians often focus more on these two issues than on poverty. He finds this strange because … Continue reading Peter Singer discusses religion, the bible, abortion, and same sex marriage in 4 minutes
I’m currently reading Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. I’m already an atheist but have become somewhat interested in religion lately, perhaps because of the rise of ISIS and the violence they … Continue reading The God Delusion
Sometimes it seems like half of the people are desperately trying to leave Syria while the other half are trying to get there. News this week of another group of women … Continue reading Countering extremism with truth and reason
As usual I fell for all the April Fools’ Day jokes yesterday including the one about Jeremy Clarkson joining the fossil fuel divestment movement. I guess I was just feeling hopeful … Continue reading Easter, ethics, and Debussy
Elizabeth said to me today, “I know what angels look like”. To which I replied, “How do you know what angels look like?”. Elizabeth: “Because Mr MacDonald (not his real … Continue reading Angels, Christmas Trees, and Opshopping