The Threat to Religious Freedom in Scotland – and a Response from the Humanist Society.

This week is a week of speeches.   Yesterday I was not only at the General Assembly but speaking at the Scottish Parliament – to their Freedom of Religion Committee on the subject of The Threat to Religious Freedom in Scotland.  Here is the speech. The Threat to Religious Freedom in Scotland  Religious freedom is the bedrock of all other freedoms. Freedom of speech, freedom of … Continue reading The Threat to Religious Freedom in Scotland – and a Response from the Humanist Society.

I Hate ‘Hate Speech’

This is a slightly amended version of my latest post in Christian Today – you can read the original here..   This is an important subject for us all to grasp…please do feel free to spread this article around…(if you agree!)   (Photo: Unsplash/Matt Botsford) After the Second World War, Soviet Russia was determined to have the concept of ‘hate speech’ enshrined in international legislation. They … Continue reading I Hate ‘Hate Speech’

Quantum of Hope 42 – An Apology and a Change; Entertainment; Politics; Religious Freedom; Christian Humanism; Education; Poverty; Leonard Cohen

This week’s Quantum marks a change in how we do things.   We will continue to look at what is going on in the world; the good, the bad and the ugly – but there is a danger that just pointing things out can leave one with a sense of despair and turn into a kind of rant about how we are all doomed!  I don’t … Continue reading Quantum of Hope 42 – An Apology and a Change; Entertainment; Politics; Religious Freedom; Christian Humanism; Education; Poverty; Leonard Cohen

Hugh Miller – The Christian Radical

This is a paper I presented to a conference of academics in Cromarty celebrating the work of Hugh Miller.  Miller is one of Scotland’s unsung great historical heroes.  I was reminded of this when listening to Nicola Sturgeon’s conference speech last week – which contained a short section on Scottish history that was more interesting for what it missed out rather than what it said. … Continue reading Hugh Miller – The Christian Radical

Scotland’s Future – The Hope, History, Hubris, Humiliation and Hypocrisy of Nicola Sturgeon

I found Nicola Sturgeons’ speech to the SNP entertaining,  revealing, informative,  frustrating, cringeworthy and depressing. I suspect that the way people react to this speech are similar to the way the react to Nicola – they either love or hate her.  To her fans this was a brilliant speech showing the fantastic vision and leadership that she provides.  To her detractors this was more of … Continue reading Scotland’s Future – The Hope, History, Hubris, Humiliation and Hypocrisy of Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon, Brexit and the Future of Scotland

This weeks Brexit Bulletin and some Reflections on Scotland Today Sturgeon, Brexit and the Future of Scotland MPs are back from their Easter holidays and things have stayed the same and moved on.  The Brexit Party has really started with a bang.  It looks professional, slick and is gathering a formidable momentum.    The other new party – ChangeUK is having a nightmare – they … Continue reading Sturgeon, Brexit and the Future of Scotland

Quantum 38 – The Pope in Sudan; Notre Dame; Abortion in South Korea; Bejing; Folau and Vunipola; Barry Humphries; ‘White’ Libraries; Unscientific American; Aretha Franklin; Easter

The Easter Quantum : This week we look at the Pope in Sudan ;  the Notre Dame fire;  elections in Indonesia;   Abortion in South Korea  and Bejings massive new airport.  A big theme in this week’s Quantum is the intolerance and hypocrisy of today’s ‘liberal’ culture.  We start with the weird world of Rugby Australia:  On this side of the ocean we have the even more bizarre case … Continue reading Quantum 38 – The Pope in Sudan; Notre Dame; Abortion in South Korea; Bejing; Folau and Vunipola; Barry Humphries; ‘White’ Libraries; Unscientific American; Aretha Franklin; Easter

What can we say to people who think Christianity is against freedom?

It’s a basic truth that our society is founded on Christianity and Christian principles.  This includes the whole notion of freedom.  If you are a regular watcher of news (or reader of this blog) you will note that in the name of freedom, our civic elites, are seeking to remove the foundation.  If the root is removed what makes them think that the fruit will … Continue reading What can we say to people who think Christianity is against freedom?

In the Market with Janet Parshall – The Collapse of Western Civilisation

This months ‘In the Market’ with Janet Parshall ended up with a common theme – the collapse of Western civilisation as we move away from our Christian foundation. Enjoy https://www.moodyradio.org/radioplayer.aspx?episode=259722&hour=1 The Death of Democracy,  Media, Prejudice against Christians; the Meritocracy, Ricky Gervais; Jordan Peterson; American Universities, Notre Dame etc are the subjects discussed.    I cannot help but think that the burning of Notre Dame … Continue reading In the Market with Janet Parshall – The Collapse of Western Civilisation

Queens Intolerance

Union Theological College is the largest theological training institute in Northern Ireland.   For many years it has been directly connected with the largest University in Northern Ireland, Queens.  Today it is in the news because it has been announced that following a review, that link is to be completely severed.  Queens University cuts ties with Presbyterian Run College The Presbyterian Church in Ireland issued a … Continue reading Queens Intolerance