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#BBCTBQ Debrief Podcast – Feb 22 – Terrorism, Faith Schools & Satan!

Another special edition debrief of BBC’s ‘The Big Questions’. I’ll be inviting twitter followers to ‘call in’ and share their opinions on Episode 7 of Season 8. Topics include: terrorism, faith schools and Satan!

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David Cameron Tells Us Our Values Are Christian

dcameronAlastair Campbell famously said of Tony Blair’s labour government: “we don’t do god” and this sentiment seemed to summarise British politics at large, happily.  Unlike our American cousins, elected officials stating their religious convictions too loudly are likely to end up counting sniggers rather than votes.

Thatcher learned a lesson when she temporarily demoted herself to theologian, and crackpot demagogues spewing nonsense on the link between homosexuality and the weather are promptly shown the door.

Yet, David Cameron is committed to rubbing me up the wrong way on pretty much everything he has to say concerning religion.  There’s the constant pissing on our shoes and claiming it’s not Islam, to encouraging Christians to be more evangelical and divisively asserting we are a Christian country. This brings us to his Christmas message which includes some patronising spiel about the importance of ‘Christian Values1’.

From Sky News:

David Cameron has reiterated his commitment to “Christian values” in his Christmas message to the UK.

The Prime Minister said Britain should be proud of “giving, sharing and taking care of others” at home and abroad.

He also praised the work of the British military, aid workers and medical volunteers abroad. He said: “Among the joyous celebrations we will reflect on those very Christian values of giving, sharing and taking care of others”

You see – giving, sharing and taking care of others are “very Christian values”, and not simply human values.  These are all perfectly commendable values of course, worth encouraging –  but why does the Prime Minister of The UK feel it necessary to place them in such an exclusionary and divisive context? This is the moment where many would suspect it’s not religious sincerity on Cameron’s part, but rather an attempt to keep the Christian vote onside.

Perhaps that’s true, but is that wise? Data shows the majority of Brits believe religion and state should be kept separate. Recent data also reveals a huge decline in Christianity, yet an increase in Islam amongst the youthful.  Perhaps it would have been wise for Cameron to talk up ‘Islamic values’ in his Christmas address too. Perhaps not.

I look forward to the day when our leaders are unafraid to champion compassion, good will and empathy towards our fellow creatures without tribal rhetoric or so much as a nod towards a defunct superstition.  These values aren’t Christian, they’re human.  They’re no-one’s to own – but everyone’s to share.  Merry Christmas.

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  1. Cameron Stresses ‘Christian Values’ In Message, Sky News http://news.sky.com/story/1397003/cameron-stresses-christian-values-in-message

The Christmas Shoebox Appeal Is A Manipulative Indoctrination Campaign.

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Christmas is coming, which means it’s almost time to dig out that awful sweater, retrieve the decorative tat from the attic and pay tribute to everyone’s favourite magical zombie Jew-God. This has something to do with sprouts too, for reasons unknown.

However, unlike Jesus, one thing guaranteed to return is the Christmas Shoebox charity appeal (AKA ‘Operation Christmas Child’). This appeal usually makes itself known via your offspring’s school, your place of employment or various other local establishments such as pubs or supermarkets.

Operation Christmas Child’ is a seemingly commendable endeavour whereby the general public are asked to fill up empty shoe boxes with unwanted toys, which the charity then transports to children in less privileged regions.

For anyone in possession of a pulse – this will understandably feel like a worthy cause. But are you aware of the charity’s robust ideological goals and troubling behaviour?

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Ep#35 – Horus Gilgamesh – Awkward Bible

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The wonderfully talented Horus Gilgamesh of Awkward Moments Children’s Bible (@AwkwardBible) drops in on The #GSPodcast.  We talk his near death experience, working as a Pastor and the lost gospels.  Horus will also tell us about his well-publicised death threats.  Also, when does religious indoctrination become child abuse?  We’ll be hearing about RTS (Religious Trauma Syndrome). Buy the book here.

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Ep#33 – Ex-Preacher – Michael

 

Ex-Preacher man Michael (@NotSoTheist) joins me on this week’s #GSPodcast. He’ll be telling us all about his journey from the pulpit to vocal atheism. What are some of his old favourite creationist arguments? How does his family feel about his apostasy? And he said ‘Preterist’!

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Ep#32 – Gad Saad – Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary Behavioural Scientist Gad Saad drops in for this week’s #GSPodcast.  We talk gender differences, the issue of free speech within academic institutions and…pet cloning.  Consider this your ‘trigger warning’. We also cast a disapproving eye on liberal feminism’s betrayal of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. #Gadfather.  Follow him on twitter: @GadSaad

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Relevant Links
Gad Saad’s Books
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