Vexen Crabtree 2015

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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards


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Vexen Crabtree 2015
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Some updates

I don't normally use LJ for announcing page updates rather than purely new pages (or complete relaunches). But here are a few:

  • Christian Mythology: Adam and Eve, and the Serpent, in the Garden of Eden: I've rewritten the opening paragraph, putting the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden into the context of the multitude of similar Mesopotamian myths, moved a few sections around, and rewritten the section that was called "Reconciling Adam and Eve with Science" and renamed it "Evolution and the Origin of the Species".</p>
  • The Battle Between Monotheism and Homosexuality: Religious Prejudice Versus Equality page relaunch. Text added to most sections, especially on the current running battles between Christian groups in the UK and UK equality law, and a section listing some court cases where Christians have tried to exempt themselves from equality laws, including noting which Christian organisations have been funding and encouraging those cases. Added text on the Catholic's church active and powerful opposition to gay rights throughout Europe and text on the most important related verses from the bible. Updated the section on Judaism with positive notes from the USA.

  • Single Issue Parties are Dangerous: Against BNP, UKIP, Green Parties and Ethnic Parties: The British National Party certainly have oodles of opinions when it comes to immigration, but do they have the skills to manage the UK's highly complicated budgets and assets across the spectrum? At the start of 2014, Nick Griffin, BNP's leader, was declared personally bankrupt, so, the signs are not good. (Added this sentence to section 2).

  • Buddhism: I've added section 2, "Numbers of Buddhists Around the World" which tabulates Buddhist countries. The population of 7 countries are mostly Buddhist, and they have average life expectancy, slightly lower fertility rates than the global average of 2.81, are much poorer than other countries, and have a poor record on gender equality and LGBT rights.

  • Faith Schools, Sectarian Education and Segregation: Divisive Religious Behavior: Added Section "5.3: Sneaky Selection Criteria Continues to be Widespread, Making Themselves Look Good at the Expense of the Poor". Religious schools have 10-61% fewer poorer students than other schools, artificially boosting their league table rankings. And added a datum to section "9. Experts are Against Faith Schools": Aside from experts, the British public themselves are highly suspicious of schools that divide children by their religion. In 2005 a poll found that 64% thought that the government should not be funding faith schools at all36, and, many thought that faith schools should be illegal. In 2013 it was reported again that polls reveal "a majority of people in Great Britain are against Government funding of faith schools". (References exist in the text on the page).


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