“Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great.”
“Murder rates are actually lower in more secular nations and higher in more religious nations where belief in God is widespread.” He also states: “Of the top 50 safest cities in the world, nearly all are in relatively non-religious countries.”
“And within America, the states with the highest murder rates tend to be the highly religious, such as Louisiana and Alabama, but the states with the lowest murder rates tend to be the among the least religious in the country, such as Vermont and Oregon.”
The most secular nations in the world report the highest levels of happiness among their population.
Secular nations such as those in Scandinavia donate the most money and supportive aid, per capita, to poorer nations. Zuckerman also reports that two studies show that, during the Holocaust, “the more secular people were, the more likely they were to rescue and help persecuted Jews.”
“We did not take this action lightly. Christianity Uncut is committed to active nonviolence, love for opponents and a rejection of verbal abuse”.
This weekend here in England it is a bank holiday, a long weekend of taking it easy, relaxing, taking a short break somewhere, drinking and generally doing what we want to with the extra time given. Bank holiday Monday began for me with a phone call from my dad who said he’d possibly broken his wrist or arm in a fall. I went around to his place and noticed the swelling and then took him to the local hospital casualty and he’d broken his wrist as suspected.
After spending a good deal of time at the hospital I got him home and settled and then thought to myself ‘the day can only get better’. A cup of vanilla earl grey in hand I sat down to relax and read the news online. One thing is for certain these days is that invariably religion or religious related news makes a regular, if not daily appearance and invariably its not good news.
The first story I came across was a report of people being beheaded in Afghanistan by the Taliban for apparently socialising together. The Taliban it would seem do not like men and women mixing socially. Why? Religious perspective of course.
The second story regarded the ongoing saga involving Scottish plans to introduce gay marriage. Pardon the pun here but it seems the catholic church aren’t taking this laying down. The catholic church sees marriage as a lifelong union of a man and a woman. Can I just take this opportunity to tell people of the christian faith that people were getting married before christianity came along, in ancient Rome and Greece same sex relationships weren’t a big deal, and why should they be? We don’t live according to biblical/Islamic law and we are better for it. Cardinal O’Brien, the head figure in the Scottish catholic church said back in March that same sex marriages are;
“A grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”
This coming from a man who represents a church that has a proven track record of its priests fucking little boys, is that less grotesque than consenting adults fucking each other?
Last week I went into the Derbyshire Peak District, a lovely part of England, quaint villages, dramatic hills and caves that are aged around 50,000 years old (Evangelists take note!).
“This is something we have been fearing since 9/11, that this kind of incident will take place,” said Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Washington-based Sikh Council on Religion and Education. “It was a matter of time because there’s so much ignorance and people confuse us [as] being members of Taliban or belonging to [Osama] bin Laden,” he told Associated Press.”