The Tax Payers Alliance. Afghanistan British Forces War Dead 100 Today!


 

The very costly, current, and great mistake: could be easily be rectified! The Central Government and Local Authorities (Councils in England and Wales) considerable number (see, below the examples of just a few) of what I call: the embarrassing costly muddle of ‘Quango’s of Religiosity’ UK – "disassembled" : saving us all fortunes. And, as is said recently by Terry Sanderson of the National Secular Society, "The only equitable answer is to seek the phasing out of religious involvement in schools, not invite even more”.
 
"The reason for the lack of public outrage is because the (whole) system so strongly favours the aspirational and manipulative middle and professional classes who are the ones who would normally be making the most noise".
 
 
 
 
 
 

Census 2011 Campaign. Help the British Humanist Association.

 
      "They preferred the ancient light of divinely blessed authority to the
      distant glimmer of democracy. "God saith, ‘Touch not mine anointed’ ",
      wrote a Cavalier knight as he reluctantly girded on his sword for the
      battle". 1640-1660 English Civil War. Sir Winston Churchill.
 
 
At the BHA we are lobbying the Office of National Statistics to change the ‘religion’ question in the 2011 Census, as we believe that the 2001 question – ‘What is your religion?’ – led to deeply flawed results.
 
Our objective is to ensure that the question or questions about religion in the 2011 Census give an accurate picture of religious affiliation in the UK.

At least 15.5% of the population is non-religious according to the 2001 Census, making this the second largest ‘belief’ group in the UK, being two-and-a-half times as numerous as all the non-Christian religions put together. This figure, however, is by any sensible reckoning far too low. Firstly, the Office of National Statistics itself admits that the leading nature of the ‘religion’ question meant that many people, especially those with a loose (for example, merely cultural) affiliation to a religion, would have identified themselves as religious when they are not [Office of National Statistics (ONS) (2004) ‘Focus on Religion’, 11th October 2004. http://tinyurl.com/2dpnqw ] This is particularly true of those who identified themselves as ‘Christian’. Secondly, a large proportion of those people who identified themselves as affiliated in some sense to a religion in fact have no active involvement.

Apart from the inaccuracy of the data collected on religious affiliation, there are real, practical problems with the use of this data. The Census data on religion says nothing about the actual religious practice, involvement, belief or belonging of the population. However, both central and local government use this data in resource allocation and for targeting equality initiatives. And the figure stating that 72% of the population are ‘Christian’ has been used in a variety of ways, such as to justify the continuing presence of Bishops in the House of Lords, to justify the state-funding of faith schools (and their expansion), to justify and increase religious broadcasting and to exclude the voices of humanists in Parliament and elsewhere.

The Office of National Statistics has written to the BHA telling us that they have done some testing of the question and that their results show that the 2001 Census question on religion should be used again. In light of how the data has been misused, we believe that this is a highly irresponsible decision. In order to strengthen our case, we need evidence that demonstrates the difficulties created by the 2001 Census question.

Therefore, we would be very grateful if you could look out for information in your locality which justifies ‘faith-based’ practices by public bodies based on Census results. Examples of this may include making funding decisions using this data or changes in service delivery or justifying the allocation of resources on the basis of Census data on religion.

If you have any pertinent examples, please let us know so that we can build up evidence showing the misuse of the questionable 2001 data. All information should be sent to Naomi Phillips, BHA Public Affairs Officer, naomi@humanism.org.uk by email.

Thank you for your help.

 
All – Jedi Knight’s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jedi The 2001 Census results should show that my local Council, combined with Central Government should be building a Star Ship of some description!
 
People in Northern Ireland were most likely to say that they identified with a religion (86%) compared with those in England and Wales (77%) and Scotland (67%). About sixteen per cent of the UK population stated that they had no religion. This category included agnostics, atheists, heathens and those who wrote Jedi Knight. http://www.statistics.gov.uk/CCI/nugget.asp?ID=293&Pos=1&ColRank=2&Rank=224
 
http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=5951120 At £255.00 – Much too expensive for us plebs and is ‘secret knowledge’. Also, we might find out the many things that are not very good for us to know – like, "Where all our own money is really being spent and on exactly what"!
 
The Position In British Society of Those Who Profess No Religion
 
NABA (The National Association of British Arabs)
 

"The truths contained in religious doctrines are after all so distorted and systematically disguised," writes Sigmund Freud, "That the mass of humanity cannot recognize them as truth. The case is similar to what happens when we tell a child that new born babies are brought by the stork. Here, too, we are telling truth in symbolic clothing, for we know what a large bird signifies. But the child does not know it. He hears only the distorted part of what we say, and feels that he has been deceived; and we know how often his distrust of the grown-ups and his refractoriness actually take their start from this impression. We have become convinced that it is better to avoid such symbolic disguisings of the truth in what we tell children and not to withhold from them a knowledge of the true state of affairs commensurate with their intellectual level". 

The Guilty: Education UK – Ruination of Britain 

‘Quango’s of Religiosity’ UK. Faith Schools and Church Schools. Private Schools and Public Schools. Central Government and Local Authorities. Local Councils. SACRE and NASACRE. Religious Education Council of England and Wales – policy decided in the ‘secret sessions of the medieval courts’. ‘The Power of the Guardians’: ‘Never has so much power been in the hands of so few’ Nobel Prize winner (economics) Amartya Sen. Costing the UK taxpayer – fortunes, in the ‘denial of medieval-ism’ and its appalling inherent ‘traditional’ past. Security Risk. Divisiveness. Self-harming in children and the vulnerable. Sectarianism and so on… Power of Royalty, Church, and State. UK. Unicef, UK bottom of 21 wealthy nations for happiness relationships and health and safety for older children. Why? See, above. UNCRC – UK punitive imprisonment of children and deaths in custody and parents penalised ‘more than ever’ for children’s behaviour – not supported. Esp: Refugee children lack care!

Shocking: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/children-at-breaking-point-knives-guns-bulliesa-shocking-look-at-growing-up-in-todays-uk-842505.html?r=RSS Independent on Sunday!

Albert Camus.                                 
" It is true that we cannot ‘escape History’, since we are in it up to our necks. But one may propose to fight within History to preserve from History that part of man which is not its proper province . . . Modern nations are driven by powerful forces along the roads of power and domination . . . They hardly need our help and, for the moment, they laugh at attempts to hinder them. They will, then, continue. But I will ask only this simple question: what if these forces wind up in a dead end, what if that logic of History on which so many now rely turns out to be a will o’ the wisp?"

Afghanistan: British Forces war dead today at 100. Total war dead (women and children + injuries on all sides?)  http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7443331.stm Promise to the British people (taxpayers) by the Westminster Parliament (2 years ago) "Not a shot will ever be fired in anger" Dr John Reid. "A will o’ the wisp"!
                                 
                  World War Three – The War On Terror
 

                              
T. S. Eliot. 1946.                               

"Justice itself tends to be corrupted by political passion; and that meddling in other people’s affairs which formerly conducted by the most discreet intrigue is now openly advocated under the name of intervention. Nations which once shrank from condemning the most flagitious violations of human rights in Germany, are now exhorted to interfere in other ‘countries’ government – and always in the name of peace and concord. Respect for the culture, the pattern of life, of other people . . . is respect for History; and by History we set no great store." Westminster Parliament UK Defence Secretary Des Browne added no loss could be compensated for, but he remained convinced the campaign was "the noble cause of the 21st century". "A will o’ the wisp"?

Dream on… http://www.britishcouncil.org/home-diversity-areas-of-activity-religion.htm British Council

Professor Amartya Sen – Nobel Prize Winner

The Power of The Guardians

Remove the ‘Guardians’ in the UK (Human Rights Law). The saving from the (medieval – secret) ‘Quango’s of Religiosity’ or the ‘Quango-es of Ideology’ could result in £millions being saved and an awful lot of time; if not – all the wars of hatred and divisiveness!

Never have so few had so much power (buildings – schools, etc., and money) for a medieval pastime! 

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£10 million for a Hindu School. UK. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2006/dec/24/politics.religion

Only Five Men! (In Britain we should be proud of them – instead our ‘disconnected’ government denies them: their pattern of thinking is pre-enlightenment and backwardness)
 
"Charles Darwin, Sir Charles Lyell, Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace, had evolved into the most creative and productive group in the wide area of Natural History in Great Britain. Without the others Charles Darwin knew his life would have been narrow and restrictive. Minus: the life giving fluids of friendship, constructive criticism, encouragement and acceptance. Everything they thought and projected came partly from each other’s brain. Their hailstorm of letters, articles, monographs, and books; travelling all over the world, affording insights, and knowledge: educated an entire generation.
 
Together they had, "Turned The World Around".
 
Had changed the patterns of man’s thoughts about himself and the world he lived in, wiped out prejudice against those who were unorthodox in their religious beliefs: provided release from the rigid dogma of the Church, as well as escape from the power of the Clergy, Rabbi, or Imam. And not only the hierarchy’s interlocking control of the schools, press, government, but the mass of the of the people who did not have the right to determine their daily lives.
 
Now there was hope for intellectual independence; the individuals freedom from the shackles of dictatorial restraint. With man’s brain no longer encased in the iron chains of mythical belief, what wonders would he not accomplish!
 
Becoming his own master, men would have freedom, which causes greatness"! Irving Stone ‘The Origin’ – compressed.
 
Instead, our children are all ‘stuck in the gutter’. The ‘quagmire of superstition’, belonging to ‘primitive man’ living in a state – of not much more than – prehistoric history: living with an appalling (the) ‘savage mind’ (anthropological) set and with a totally ‘un-structuralised’ worldview.
 
A New School For The UK! The ‘opening ceremony’! It looks like serious fun – let’s have many more (forget all the boring lessons and the rotten (secular – hum and haw, compulsory worship and the lessons in how to pray – ‘failed schools UK’) and we can all go down the plughole together! About a third of schools in England are faith schools – including Jewish, Sikh, Muslim and Christian denominations. But so far there has not been a Hindu school!
 
 
A parliamentary Committee is looking at the proposal to remove the restrictions in the 2005 Serious Organised Crime and Police Act relating to demonstrations within Parliament Square and the vicinity of Parliament. 
            Lady Mallalieu made a powerful case for the right to demonstrate in the area around Parliament, saying: "…. this House is the people’s House, this square is Parliament Square, and it may be very convenient for the authorities to say the demonstration should take place down on the South Bank or elsewhere, but noise and things that are unsightly or things that are inconvenient or irritating to MPs are things which have to be tolerated in a parliamentary democracy. People are entitled to come to their House and express their views to their MPs and that will on occasions lead to difficulties and to people getting fed up and to inconvenience, but it is a small price to pay in my view for parliamentary democracy and freedom of speech."

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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