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by Francoscot
January 19th, 2010, 11:39 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The wearing of full face veils
Replies: 138
Views: 17315

Re: The wearing of full face veils

I sometimes wonder if it's a bit like Scots who emigrate then suddenly find the need to learn to play bagpipes, wear a kilt and speak Gaelic! .[/quote] Quite likely in a few cases, but very few I think; we did not see many whole-body coverings in North Africa years ago, as I have seen in France mor...
by Francoscot
January 18th, 2010, 8:33 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: The wearing of full face veils
Replies: 138
Views: 17315

Re: The wearing of full face veils

As it happens, this subject was discussed on French radio this morning. One person pointed out that hiding one's face was a block to communication, a way of cutting oneself off from society, and an imbalance (one person giving heself the right to see others, but refusing others that same right). Suc...
by Francoscot
March 5th, 2009, 9:05 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Dawkins on the God of the Old Testament
Replies: 122
Views: 10222

Re: Dawkins on the God of the Old Testament

And may I add, the American religious right-wing did little to stop the torture when Mr Bush's prayers were answered with an ever more difficult situation to deal with.

Martin
by Francoscot
March 5th, 2009, 9:01 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Dawkins on the God of the Old Testament
Replies: 122
Views: 10222

Re: Dawkins on the God of the Old Testament

I don't hate it, just think that most of it is quite irrelevant for today As for "ritual child sacrifice and temple prostitution" , I don't think it was necessarily the spiritual leaders that opposed these. Surely it was a more a matter of politics than of beliefs. Similarly today, it is secular mov...
by Francoscot
February 26th, 2009, 8:49 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Weather - or not!
Replies: 1122
Views: 91589

Re: Weather - or not!

The sea?

It's full of salt and covered in waves.

Martin
by Francoscot
February 25th, 2009, 5:03 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Weather - or not!
Replies: 1122
Views: 91589

Re: Weather - or not!

Of course there is a god -- and a devil too. What else could cause us to bake in the sun and freeze in the shade two minutes later just round the corner? Treacherous weather in southern Spain; it reached 21° yesterday according to the thermometer in the shade, but it felt like 30° in the sun. The t...
by Francoscot
February 23rd, 2009, 7:53 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Explain your avatar
Replies: 561
Views: 94498

Re: Explain your avatar

My avatar has appeared, after all, but not venting anything, just sitting on a canon, ready to shoot any Jehovah Witnesses, admiring the view.

Martin
by Francoscot
February 23rd, 2009, 7:51 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Explain your avatar
Replies: 561
Views: 94498

Re: Explain your avatar

Un-original, but honest : it's just me, venting my anger.

(except that I don't appear to have an avatar!)

Martin
by Francoscot
February 21st, 2009, 5:23 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Should assisted suicide be legalised in Scotland?
Replies: 45
Views: 8059

Re: Should assisted suicide be legalised in Scotland?

I am all for legalization as a means of protection for members of the medical profession, who, at present are open to attack if there is any suspicion that a death has been assisted.

The responsibility must be very hard ot bear.

Martin
by Francoscot
February 21st, 2009, 9:16 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 92584

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

Years of doing what evryone else does, dressing alike, acting alike, "thinking" alike (in fact not thinking at all, just following the generally accepted mindset) makes it difficult to conceive original personal thoughts or form ones own opinions. We are all too easily influenced, and it takes a con...
by Francoscot
February 20th, 2009, 9:50 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Are you a humanist or what?
Replies: 456
Views: 92584

Re: Are you a humanist or what?

This may not be the best place to admit it, but I feel that "humanism" sounds like a religion whose members put their faith in humankind rather than in some extra-terrestrial entity. My (perhaps limited) knowledge of history prevents me from putting any faith in my fellow humans, alas! Even going ou...
by Francoscot
February 19th, 2009, 7:31 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Gerald Warner: The "Gay Threat" to Christianity
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: Gerald Warner: The "Gay Threat" to Christianity

And I used to think -- and respect -- the Telegraph as a serious newspaper. Have not read it in years now, but am quite horrified that such an evil article can be published there. Indeed, horriofied that such trip can b find a publisher anywhere. I don't know where the rebuttal was published, but I ...
by Francoscot
February 19th, 2009, 7:01 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: How do you feel about religion?
Replies: 24
Views: 2645

Re: How do you feel about religion?

Although tempted to vote #1 (they should not be tolerated), I did not do so, since religion can be a comfort for people in difficult circumstances. My own mother, widowed for 20 years, living alone, found comfort in the weekly church service. A young man I know, taken prisoner in a civil war, found ...
by Francoscot
February 14th, 2009, 7:30 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: London demo for a secular Europe - the pics.
Replies: 9
Views: 1447

Re: London demo for a secular Europe 14 February 2009

It's goosd to know some people are speaking up and in public againstreligious interference.
I hope it was a success.

Martin