Why we oppose the Pope’s State Visit to Britain

Taken from Peter Tatchells site Pope Benedict preaches intolerance & rejects key human rights Even most Catholics oppose many of his teachings London – 13 August 2010 Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who is also a spokesperson for the Protest the Pope campaign, spoke at a public meeting in Richmond, London, last night. In his…

Half truths, mistruths and anything but the truth— a brief history of a century of wartime propaganda

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. —Voltaire The government of the United States had a major problem. It was April 1917, and on the sixth day of that month, eager to get into the First World War, they declared war on Germany. Their big problem was this. Although the…

The Defiance Of Science

Rod MacGregor looks at science, secularism and the role of religion In his book about oil depletion, Half Gone, Jeremy Leggett, one-time oil company high flier and former chief scientist with Greenpeace, tells of a particularly bizarre conversation he had with a lobbyist from the Ford Motor Company at a conference on climate change. The…

Secularism, Socialism and Religion

Bob Goupillot outlines a Marxist approach to religion A Marxist understanding of religion Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world and the soul of soulless conditions. It is…

Religion – a means to divide the working class

Alan Graham considers the need for a secular education system. In 2004, the SSP membership voted for a motion titled Secular Scotland. This motion included the points: The SSP is a secular party and stands for a secular Scotland. That religion is a private, not a state matter. It ended with, The fruits of this…