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Godliness + gullibility: a marriage made in hell?

So now it’s okay to be gay, according to Pope Francis. Before, it was forbidden by God as intrinsically evil and a mortal sin. (Not that we need anyone’s permission to love.) If God exists, though, I doubt that he changes his mind just because we humans become more assertive about our rights. Nor would […]

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Perception is everything

In the same way that I cease to care about my nipples showing when the weather is really hot, if you were stranded on a desert island with your religious/political opponents, would you really care about your beliefs (or theirs) if your survival depended on you all working as a team? Well, here’s a little […]

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Dear Francis: we need to talk…

You’re getting fantastic press from all your new fans on social media. But we can’t be Facebook friends, unless you make some radical changes—because it’s religions that undermine economies …and almost everything else we value. For centuries, the Church has preached penance, subservience and self-rejection, causing more carnage, abuse, dysfunction and despair than anything else in our […]

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Is fear the story of your life?

Once upon a time, we lived in caves. We also lived in fear. We were hunters, but we were also prey, vulnerable to attack from nasty, brutish beasties. Outside our caves (and sometimes also in them), life was scary, unpredictable and full of unknowns. We learned to lie low, to reduce our exposure to danger; […]

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Righteously religious …or mightily misguided?

A young woman called Lola contacted me recently for help with a religious dilemma. She was a ‘non-practising Catholic’ and desperately wanted to marry her ex-boyfriend, who happened to be a Jew. They had broken up because of the religious mis-match and she wanted help in trying to win him back. Lola was willing to […]

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