In response to this letter in the Courier our friend, Alistair McBay, of the National Secular Society penned this response. It’s a classic of its type – I think we need to invent a new game called Secular Bingo – see how many ad hom, untrue and irrational arguments you can spot in this one letter? I have a simple rule….don’t let them get away with … Continue reading Answering Secularists – In Defence of Christianity
The NSS have been at it again – writing letters to moan about some aspect of Christian privilege….this time lambasting the BBC for daring to broadcast from Lambeth House and once again using the issue of alleged child abuse in order to pursue their real passion – attacking Christianity. The following is their letter and my reply which was published yesterday. Sir, – Jenny Hjul … Continue reading Secularists Attack the Church of England – Letters in The Courier
‘It is time that the Scottish Education became fully secular – hence all religious practice should be removed’
This was the motion that Abertay University set for me to debate with my old sparring partner Alistair McBay of the National Secular Society (Sadly Megan Crawford of the Scottish Secular Society was unable to attend). The debate was well attended and went well. You can listen to it by clicking on the Sound Cloud link below – this is a recording from a students phone so is not high quality but you can get the gist and hear the content fine. I would suggest that by far the most interesting bit is the Q and A about half way through….
There was a vote before hand with roughly two thirds being in favour of the motion and one quarter against. After the debate there was another vote and although there was a little movement in my favour (two people changed to me and one went to Alistair), that was not the real point. I found the whole thing fascinating and enlightening. Alistair is a good speaker, but he said nothing that I had not heard before. What was much more interesting was the reaction of the students. The vast majority of the questions were for me.
Here are some of the basic lessons I would take from this:
- Students and academics in general have little or no idea about religion in general and Christianity in particular.
- Ignorance leads to prejudice, mockery and intolerance. Consider this – a majority of students in this debate voted that all religious practice should be removed from education. Even for those who want it. There is no equality, diversity and tolerance here!
- Atheistic Secularists have faith that their secularism is neutral, when clearly it is not. This is the most dangerous kind of prejudice, because if your default emotion is that your view only is the obvious right one, then you are not able to consider other viewpoints.
- The Christian worldview is rational, consistent and wholistic. In the post-modern market place of ideas we have the best product! We also have by far the most radical. We are not the ones defending the status quo to the priveliged! We are challenging it.
- When students are presented with an alternative viewpoint many are open to consider something they had never thought about before. I had several conversations afterwards which showed that. Kudos to Abertay University for allowing this kind of discussion and debate. Many secular institutions are so convinced of their own superiority that they would never think of allowing an alternative point of view.
- Therefore Christians need to be in the public square – not ‘defending’ the faith just in our own churches, but rather ‘attacking’ (questioning, undermining, challenging) the faith/presuppositions/prejudices of those who have been indoctrinated into the secularist worldview. We need to do so in an open, tolerant, loving, gracious, humorous, brave and intelligent manner. I know I fail in this in many ways – but at least I try.
(Alistair McBay of the Secular Society – not quite grasping his theme!) Alistair McBay had the following letter in the Dundee Courier on Friday. Stamp out all prejudice Sir, – I was delighted to hear the First Minister and some of her ministers fully supporting Pride Glasgow and promising to root out anti-gay prejudice and discrimination wherever it occurs. However, much of it occurs in … Continue reading Pride, Prejudice, Free Church Ministers and Secular Intolerance
Letter: Retain Christian education The Courier & Advertiser 6 Feb 2016 Dear Editor, John Munro (Feb 2nd) asks what I mean by Christian beliefs. Its not difficult – I mean those beliefs shared by all Christians as expressed in the Apostles Creed – held in common by Catholics, Presbyterians, Anglicans and others. It is also a bit of a cheap jibe for Mr Munro to … Continue reading Retain Christian Education – The Debate Continues
Once again the secularist sects in Scotland unite to attack me and claim that their position is the ‘neutral’ one. And once again I get the opportunity to expose their real agenda. This is an important debate and its good that we can have it in public and that the continual attacks of the militant secularists provide the opportunity to explain the Christian position in … Continue reading Atheist Schools – the Indoctrination of Children – Letters in The Courier
The Atheistic Secularists have responded to my article about Secularist Abuse on social media by stating that it is untrue, and then abusing me on social media! “DAR has a Xmas bitch.” “‘DAR has a xmas bitch’ can be interpreted in other ways. Any volunteers?” “He has created a God in his own image. And it’s not a particularly nice God.” “his guy is clearly a monster” … Continue reading Insults, Lies and Mockery – The Secularist Version of ‘Happy Christmas’
Alistair McBay continues his campaign against the Trussell Trust and Christianity in public life. This letter was published in the Scotsman I applaud the work done by the Trussell Trust and all other charities, along with the donating public, on alleviating hardship or protecting the vulnerable (Letters, 29 July). It is all the more a shame therefore that both the trust and its most vocal … Continue reading Another One Bites the Dust – The Secularist Attack on Christianity Exposed Again – Letters in the Scotsman – July 31st 2015
Tolerance by secularists Continuing the secularists campaign against the Trussell Trust, Alistair McBay wrote the following letter in The Courier on the 27th of July. Davids response on the 29th follows: Sir, – I expected the customary fire and brimstone from the Free Church minister David Robertson over the Dundee foodbank and its discriminatory employment policies. But as usual he is wrong on many points. It would … Continue reading Secularists Continue Campaign Against Christian Foodbanks – Letter in Dundee Courier and response
Letter: It’s all about toleration The Courier 12 Mar 2015 Sir, – Alistair McBay of the National Secular Society (Letters, March 9) resorts to mockery and scaremongering to tell us why Christian values should be removed from education. To link Scripture Union and the bible with homophobic bullying is a cheap and nasty shot, sadly all too typical of the kind of propaganda the atheist … Continue reading Letter in The Courier – Its all about toleration.