Category Archives: Religion

Teapot

This is my teapot, which I love. There are people who believe there is a god who lives in their teapot. I can see why they might think this, because teapots are lovely, so I respect their belief while not … Continue reading

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Cilice

OK, now I’m worried. We were talking about cilices last night at work. According to www.cilice.co.uk, motto How Luminous is Darkness, a cilice is a spiked metal belt or chain worn strapped tight around the upper thigh. It hardly needs saying that … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia

According to the official Saudi Arabia information site: To understand the history of the Kingdom and its political, economic and social development, it is necessary to realize that Islam, which permeates every aspect of a Muslim’s life, also permeates every … Continue reading

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Overheard in the playground

Veiled Mum called over her five year old daughter and told her off for dancing about. Afro-Caribbean Mum: Don’t you like her dancing? VM: No, it’s not allowed in our religion. AM: But she’s just playing around, she’s got lots … Continue reading

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Atheist Fundamentalist

This damming review, by Terry Eagleton in the London Review of Books, of Richard Dawkins’ new book The God Delusion is so extremely well-written, so painfully excoriating, that it deserves to be read by every literate English speaker on the … Continue reading

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Veils

The BBC has produced an excellent guide to the several degrees of headscarf that different Muslim women wear. I had a good search through the sites of the Muslim Council of Britain, the Islamic Human Rights Commission and the Protect … Continue reading

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Holocaust Cartoons

I had never been particularly interested in seeing the cartoons about the holocaust that Iran commissioned as a reaction to the Danish Muslim cartoons brouhaha. However, now that a Danish newspaper has published them and there’s no doubt going to … Continue reading

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The Necronautical Society

There I was, looking for information about making drawers for a cupboard and instead I found a deposition by the data engineer of the International Necronautical Society. We, the First Committee of the International Necronautical Society, declare the following:- 1. … Continue reading

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Passover

The Biblical story on which the Jewish festival of Passover is based says that Moses told Pharaoh Ramses II, the Egyptian leader, that he must free his Jewish slaves or his country would suffer terrible punishments. When the Pharaoh refused, … Continue reading

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Easter

The children of food Puritans like me are usually only allowed to eat sweets and chocolate on special occasions, and even then only in moderation. So today when we gave our daughters colossal chocolate eggs with the inevitable accompanying gigantic … Continue reading

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