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Fundamentalism (far right wing) Religion – Racism – neophobia (fear of the new) is stronger in most humans

‘Additional to the animal urges of survival and copulation, there is curiosity and fear of the new, both inherited from our primate ancestors. In humans they are called neophilia (love of the new) and neophobia (fear of the new). The evidence is that neophobia is the stronger urge in humans and their cousins the apes.’ Fear

Not a pretty picture and getting worse? ‘Give me the child and I will show you the (medievalist) adult’.

Top officials quit equality quango


British Humanist Association e-bulletin

21st September 2009

The not so dodgy dossier

The BHA has been campaigning against faith schools for a long time, and yet those in favour of dividing children by religion continue to trot out the same ropey arguments for the status quo. What’s worse, all too often they are they are successful in persuading politicians that the whole question of religion in schools is too hot to handle.

That’s why we’ve been thrilled this week to see a digest of independent evidence that shows the consequences of faith schools for society. The document has been produced by Accord — the coalition for inclusive schools co-founded by the BHA — and brings together research by academics, think-tanks and the government.

So, when someone next suggests to you that the current system is popular with parents, you can tell them that 57% of people think that religious admissions undermine community cohesion, and even more want balanced RE which includes non-religious perspectives. And when they ask how a faith school could possibly get a wealthier intake than a neighbouring community schools, you will have the statistics showing that church school intakes definitely are disproportionately middle class. With some schools requiring regular attendance for several years to get a place, it’s little wonder that that some schools are off limits to all but the most religious or determined parents.



Are you involved with the life and worship of a church?

YES/NO (please circle)


YES, please provide details of your vicar/priest/minister/leader:

Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Name of Church attended ______________________________________________________________________________

Denomination _______________________________________________________________________________________

Has your child been baptised/ christened?

YES/NO (please circle)

Please note:

You must attach a letter from your vicar/priest/minister/leader confirming how often you and your child attend church and

for how long you have been members of the church.


You must check the relevant Admissions Policy for information on the requirements of each school. If this information is not received

or endorsed, or is insufficient, your application will not be considered under this criteria, but will be considered under the next

appropriate criteria. Ref,

(Setting a bad example to children and the vulnerable, by the ‘generous benefactors’, whose aims, may be, somewhat – far removed, from any type of unconditional and loving cause) Ref, ‘Power of the Guardians’ “Never has so much power been in the hands of so few” Prof Amartya Sen (Nobel Prize)


Barmy Britain through the Looking Glass

‘how an obsessive adherence to certain laws ‘flies in the face of common sense”. Ref, Creationism, or ‘fundamental religiosity’ in our Schools – “An impertinent insolence that flies in the face of the Divine”. Ref, ‘The Infantile Situation’ GB, UK, Geza Roheim.

What defines your religion?

“Is being a Jew a matter of bloodline or religious practice? The UK’s new Supreme Court is debating the subject this week, in a case that could have a wider impact on faith schools, says Tim Whewell.”

“One child’s battle to get a place at a state Jewish school has led to a landmark court ruling with major implications for other faith schools, the role of the state and the very definition of religion. As the case goes to the new UK Supreme Court, Tim Whewell examines why it has aroused such strong feelings both inside and outside the Jewish community.” BBC Radio 4



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! 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 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
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