Same sex ‘marriage’ misses the point.

First, let me make it clear that I have no issues with what is a natural occurrence, i.e. that there may be duality of gender but there is certainly a plurality of sexualities. I will not, therefore, single out one or more of those sexualities as I will not, therefore, consider it logical or valid to single out one or more of those sexualities as being in some way “inappropriate”…

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Bigotry In The Name Of God: The Case Against Religious Exemptions – New Matilda

Religion and its representatives and adherents remains predominantly regarded as respectable individuals of good character, compassionate in attitude, peaceful in mood and caring and non-judgmental about others who are less fortunate in their lives. We all know that this picture is extremely flawed. It may certainly apply to some of the religious and adherents of many religions do indeed thrive on doing good works and helping those that are disadvantaged….

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7 Things You Should Know About The Death Penalty, Even If You Support It

No one with a developed and exercised intellect will support the death penalty. The death penalty is simply legalised murder. The death penalty is vengeance – not sanction. For the religious, it is just more hypocrisy for: “Vengeance is mine”, said the Lord and “Judge not others lest you be judged” For the non religious, it is no less a hypocrisy for: Many, many, completely innocent people have been convicted…

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Exclusive extract from Stan Grant’s new book, Talking to My Country | Australia news | The Guardian

Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor describes how he grew up ashamed of his background, in a land where his people were treated as a ‘prehistoric relic’ – and tells why inspiration from his ancestors has now driven him to stand up and speak out. ‘Everything we have won has come from dissent’ Source: Exclusive extract from Stan Grant’s new book, Talking to My Country | Australia news | The Guardian

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The 10 worst typos in the Bible

Whatever the religion, it seems that the content of the “Holy” books which prescribe its dogma are interpreted differently be different individuals or groups within that religion. These works also appear to contain many contradictions, not least the Christian Bible. As none of the interpretations of these works can be proved or disproved as being “correct”, it is inevitable that the various denominations and separations of people within individual religions,…

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Denial of Palestinian rights is the real roadblock to peace

The oppression of the Palestinian people, blockading of Gaza, and right wing militarist attitude of Israel’s government is so obviously a cause of regional instability, pain, suffering, death and denial of opportunity for anything approaching normal life for Palestinians. That Israel has descended into the aggressive and militaristic nation it has and that it persecutes the very people who were dispossessed of their homeland to make way for the creation…

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RAPE – Cultural anachronism as an ATROCITY

Two sisters are being punished for their brother eloping with a married woman from a dominant caste family. Their punishment, as prescribed by the non-elected, all-male village council, is to be gang-raped, their faces blackened, and then paraded naked around the villa ge. One of the sisters is 23 years old. I try to respect other cultures but I cannot have any respect for those who would consider an act…

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