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Sep 9, 2013 Full story: Cornish Guardian

In 30 years, the South West has shifted from a Conservative bible-belt with sympathy for the unemployed to left-minded atheism with a belief that it is possible to find a job if you really want to, according to a new study.

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EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#1 Sep 10, 2013
Quote article,“Whereas a majority nationally thought same-sex marriage was "always wrong" in 1987, the number holding that belief has dwindled to just 22% now.”
Progress.

Note that expression,“holding that belief”. It appears several times in the article and seems to me a product of religious thinking or training. They are ‘currently of the opinion’ would be better as I think a distinction can be drawn. A ‘belief’ that same-sex marriage is acceptable or not can be challenged more readily than ‘religious belief’ in god(s). The former ‘belief’ is strictly rational and is always easily open to challenge and ready alteration. The latter ‘belief’ is not rational, as honest religionists acknowledge. In fact, religionists have regularly challenged me for pointing out religion isn’t rational. They have argued that:“humans are more than simply rational”; “you worship reason”; “reason is your religion”; and “religion isn’t based on reason, but that doesn’t make it bad or unacceptable.

Quote article,“Contrary to popular belief more people say they have a great deal of interest in politics now, than they did in 1987, however the majority still had no interest.”
Westminster needs to be reformed. People feel politically powerless. The answer isn’t referendums,(think of California). A good start would be spending Sunday mornings in political debates instead of ‘worshipping’ god(s).

Quote article,“The proportion of people in the region identifying themselves as non-religious has increased from under a third (30%) in 1986 to almost half (49%) now.”
What may have changed is that people are getting fed-up of paying lip-service to religion. I was recorded as ‘Christian’ as recently as the 2001 census but I haven’t been to church for 40 years and didn’t take god or religion seriously then.

Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/royalist-athe...

Yes, we British are a godless and happy lot!:-)
Tell 'em Jonny Eve.....
http://www.atheismuk.com/2012/03/31/atheism/y...
Thinking

UK

#2 Sep 11, 2013
Apropos my suggestion to incorporate a rainbow into Team GB's 2014 kit, and your suggestion to contact my MP, I got this back today:

Thank you for your email to Mr Lidington regarding the recent laws passed in Russia prohibiting the distribution of material promoting homosexual relationships and the possibility of some form of protest at the Winter Olympics. I am very sorry for the delay in responding to you.

Mr Lidington has now written to Hugh Robertson MP, the Minister for Sport at DCMS and Tourism, in order to highlight the concerns you have raised.

As soon as Mr Lidington receives a response from DCMS this office will contact you again.

In the meantime, if Mr Lidington can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact him.

Yours sincerely,

Verity Inge
EdSed wrote:
Quote article,“Whereas a majority nationally thought same-sex marriage was "always wrong" in 1987, the number holding that belief has dwindled to just 22% now.”
Progress.
Note that expression,“holding that belief”. It appears several times in the article and seems to me a product of religious thinking or training. They are ‘currently of the opinion’ would be better as I think a distinction can be drawn. A ‘belief’ that same-sex marriage is acceptable or not can be challenged more readily than ‘religious belief’ in god(s). The former ‘belief’ is strictly rational and is always easily open to challenge and ready alteration. The latter ‘belief’ is not rational, as honest religionists acknowledge. In fact, religionists have regularly challenged me for pointing out religion isn’t rational. They have argued that:“humans are more than simply rational”; “you worship reason”; “reason is your religion”; and “religion isn’t based on reason, but that doesn’t make it bad or unacceptable.
Quote article,“Contrary to popular belief more people say they have a great deal of interest in politics now, than they did in 1987, however the majority still had no interest.”
Westminster needs to be reformed. People feel politically powerless. The answer isn’t referendums,(think of California). A good start would be spending Sunday mornings in political debates instead of ‘worshipping’ god(s).
Quote article,“The proportion of people in the region identifying themselves as non-religious has increased from under a third (30%) in 1986 to almost half (49%) now.”
What may have changed is that people are getting fed-up of paying lip-service to religion. I was recorded as ‘Christian’ as recently as the 2001 census but I haven’t been to church for 40 years and didn’t take god or religion seriously then.
Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/royalist-athe...
Yes, we British are a godless and happy lot!:-)
Tell 'em Jonny Eve.....
http://www.atheismuk.com/2012/03/31/atheism/y...
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#3 Sep 11, 2013
Thinking wrote:
Apropos my suggestion to incorporate a rainbow into Team GB's 2014 kit, and your suggestion to contact my MP, I got this back today:..<quoted text>
Interesting. Thanks T.

I left a comment regarding your suggestion on Stephen Fry's blog, but got no response....
http://www.stephenfry.com/2013/06/24/only-the...
Busy guy, I suppose.
Thinking

UK

#4 Sep 11, 2013
I was going to contact Fry before you suggested my MP.

I didn't contact Fry in the end because I think he posted somewhere that he doesn't answer his "public" emails.
EdSed wrote:
<quoted text>Interesting. Thanks T.
I left a comment regarding your suggestion on Stephen Fry's blog, but got no response....
http://www.stephenfry.com/2013/06/24/only-the...
Busy guy, I suppose.

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