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This came in today on Twitter (although strangely, it’s now disappeared from the RDF Twitter feed).

It seems the Richard Dawkins Foundation have decided – wisely, in my view – to revise the mechanics and governance of their discussion forums. This has displeased some people, to the extent that they’ve posted messages villifying RD and the team in the nastiest, most vitriolic, and just plain ignorant ways possible – thus, of course, ironically justifying the decision.  (more…)

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You may believe in the Devil, but do you know who he really is?

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News reaches us from London that the Church – the Anglican Church, that is, not the One True Churchhas apologised to Charles Darwin (right at the bottom of the page, after a screed of theological equivocation) for “misunderstanding his theory of evolution”. “About time, too!”, one might be inclined to say. But various commentators – including one of Darwin’s great-grandsons – have pointed out that the only conceivable reason for such an apology is to make the apologiser feel better. (more…)

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News reaches us from the other side of the Atlantic of a family who suffered dire consequences as a result of complaining that their son was required to sing a song of worship by his music teacher for a grade.

His teacher also instructed him to point skyward at certain points of the song. She said that he was to do this to show he loved God.

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Back when people were posting birthday wishes for Professor D on richarddawkins.net, I came across a post from Jo Swannell Owen with a design she’d done for the occasion. It was based on Richard’s quote, “We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in; some of us just go one god further” combined with Bertrand Russell’s famous comment about the celestial teapot. I wrote to Jo suggesting the design would make a dandy T shirt or lapel pin, and she responded. And lo, it has almost come to pass! I got an email from Jo the other day to say the “Tea shirts” should be available from December 10th. To find out more, and to get a Tea shirt of your very own, bookmark onegodfurther.co.uk (motto: “Dunking the soft biscuit of religion in the hot tea of science”) and keep an eye out for the official release.

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Watch this space…

Many thanks to Nullifidian for including me in the excellent Planet Humanism, and also a warm welcome to all those who came here via my letter in the New Scientist.

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It’s been said by many people – and I used to agree – that religious belief on its own is harmless. But I’ve come to realise that the problem with beliefs – any beliefs, but the more irrational and strongly-held the belief, the more of a problem – is that sooner or later, in order to be validated, they have to be acted upon.

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