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

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Let’s call a spade a spade.

There’s something very wrong with the label “faith school“. It’s a piece of PR. The word “faith” conjures up images of pious, light-bathed young girls, hands clasped in prayer, gazing hopefully towards heaven, believing that their innocuous prayers for the wellbeing of various friends and relatives will be answered by a benevolent god – or, perhaps as often, Jesus. Faith schools, they would have us believe, are places where students learn peace, love and tolerance for others.

The reality of “faith” when applied specifically to schools, of course, is quite different.

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One of the fundamental tenets of Christianity – and most other religions, in various forms – is the idea that we continue to live on after death. But how long for?

OK, let’s say you’re a Christian. Or a Jew, or a Muslim, or a member of one of the many other religions, denominations and assorted cults persecuted religious minorities that believe in life after death. Presumably – for why else are you a member of your faith? – you believe that when you die, you will go to Heaven.

My question is this: How long do you think you’ll be there?

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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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This just in from the NSS‘s Newsline email (which you should subscribe to, as well as joining or donating to the NSS, of course):

Shropshire County Council Cabinet has decided to proceed with its plan to create six new faith schools. Twelve existing schools are to be closed, the pupils from each pair going to a new faith school.

Four of the schools to be closed are inclusive Community Schools. The changes will result in the loss of hundreds of community school places to the advantage of the Church of England. The chairman of Governors of at least two of the community schools destined to close do not want to become part of a faith school, and fear the religious agenda.

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The quote marks are there lest you think this is my actual opinion! This staggering item just came in via the National Secular Society’s newsletter (www.secularism.org.uk/newsline.html):

yementimes.com/article.shtml?i=1117&p=community&a=6

You’ll notice, of course, that there’s a “comment on article” link at the top of the page… 😉

For the sake of women in the Yemen (and other islamic coutries), please spread this item as widely as possible.

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The Vatican has dropped all reference to the McCanns from its website, according to the Mirror (hat tip: New Humanist). A quick Google on mccann site:www.vatican.va shows that they have indeed done so; the only McCann references remaining are a letter to Cardinale Ovenio McCann dating from 1985 and a mention of Rev. John McCann, in connection with the 2006 week of prayer for Christian unity (which, by the way, obviously didn’t work).

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