Richard Dawkins discussing the justice system and the idea of “beyond reasonable doubt.”
Well this was good timing. A few days ago I posted about, among other things, inter-racial relationships and how they weren’t as common or as accepted as you would expect if race didn’t matter. I hear now that the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation made a poster on the same theme and was accused of racism! It’s really depressing how, if someone disagrees with something in South Africa, they automatically call it racist whether there’s a reason to do so or not.
Published in People’s Post Claremont-Rondebosch, Tuesay 24 January 2012.
The comments in the most recent People’s Post show a remarkable ignorance of religion. For example, we have the claim that you need to believe in god to become better morally and spiritually. “Spiritually” makes no sense as there is insufficient evidence to support the idea of a spirit. Morally, however, we know that the opposite holds true. The less religious a society the better the level of education, protection of human rights and the lower the levels of violence and prejudice. Continue reading
Life is fragile and delicate. But it is also resilient and will do all it can to continue.
I’m certainly no photographer, I know, but I still think this is a cool picture or at least an interesting subject. The hair in the basin plug appears to have trapped a seed which has now started to grow. It’s not the first time it’s happened though, I doubt the plant will last long. It has enough water but I think it lacks the nutrients it needs to keep growing. Regardless of the conditions, no one wants a huge plant growing in the middle of their basin.
This year, the 20th of January was the fourth International Fetish Day, building off the 2008 National Fetish Day in the UK. The purpose is both to raise awareness and support for the BDSM community and create opposition to laws concerning extreme pornography. I’m mostly going to focus on the laws as it shows what I’d consider governments going to far, i.e. attempting to regulate people’s private lives. Continue reading
Happy International Fetish Day.
I do have something to say about this but I haven’t written the post yet and, since it’s my aunt’s birthday and I’ve been drinking, I don’t think I’ll be in the right condition to compose anything today. This is mostly then to say this will be the focus of my next post. I realise this week has been quite focused on sexuality but hopefully I’ll find an interesting science story soon as well or my letter to a local newspaper will be accepted and I will post it here. Or I might just use it as the base for a new religion-based piece.
This was supposed to have been posted on Tuesday but then it got postponed to Wednesday. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the links I needed with some sites down in protest over SOPA/PIPA. It can finally be posted today though.
In the previous post we touched on homosexual relationships which still lack acceptance in some parts of the world. In the US I only a few states recognise gay marriage while in Africa there are some countries have tried to criminalise homosexuality and others have succeeded, often with the anti-gay movements led by the religious, and even in South Africa, where gay marriages have been recognised for a few years, there are attacks directed at homosexuals termed “corrective rape.” Some in the Vatican even think the UN has a secret agenda to increase the number of homosexuals in the world.
There is the suggestion that perhaps further equality would be better pursued by making a separation between religious marriage, where the church can deny gay marriages if it so wishes, and secular civil unions which are available for all members of society and are recognised by the state. It’s actually a decent idea because it doesn’t require forcing religions to do something but it still opens up the full-spectrum of relationships for everyone. Churches will be able to make decisions on church policies and the state will make secular decisions. The complication is then tied to how religious the institution of marriage actually is and whether the gay movement is more interested in a real change or the symbolism of marriage. Continue reading