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My letter to the newspaper.

#1  Postby Jain » Mar 17, 2010 2:17 pm

I wrote the the local newspaper about secular schoosl in responce to a letter by a previous person claiming that these schools were Atheist school. It will be interesting to see if anyone disagrees!!

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/n ... ticle.html
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#2  Postby Elena » Mar 17, 2010 2:21 pm

:clap: Excellent, Jain! You've got some very good comments already :thumbup:
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#3  Postby Jain » Mar 17, 2010 2:28 pm

Here is the letter I responded to.. (which I should have included in my OP!)

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#4  Postby Aern Rakesh » Mar 17, 2010 2:33 pm

Way to go, Jain! Very well-stated. :cheers:
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#5  Postby Varangian » Mar 17, 2010 4:00 pm

That was a good letter!
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#6  Postby Ian Tattum » Mar 17, 2010 4:22 pm

I think the letter that you replied to was wrong-headed and that you made some good points in your letter, but your account of the origin of christian schools was a little skewed. If you study the contemporary accounts of the setting up of schools by the Cof E in the C19th you will see that the main motive of those involved was to educate the young and liberate them from want- a bit paternalistic of course, but then society was different from today! Also most faith schools do teach objectively about other faiths because most have input from the C of E, which has strict guidelines to ensure balance in the curriculum . Also in the inner city areas many or most of the pupils are from backgrounds of different or no faith.
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#7  Postby crank » Mar 17, 2010 4:50 pm

Great letter, very persuasive to any thinking person, now if we could only figure out how to reach the anti-secularists....
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#8  Postby Wiðercora » Mar 17, 2010 5:25 pm

Good letter.

Sounds like you were channelling Calilasseia.
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#9  Postby Jain » Mar 17, 2010 6:19 pm

Maybe i can channel him, his wings fluttered by my ears :)
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#10  Postby HomerJay » Mar 17, 2010 7:52 pm

Jain wrote:I wrote the the local newspaper


What, the whole thing?

BTW Allan Hayes looks keen :grin:
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#11  Postby Katherine » Mar 18, 2010 12:44 am

Errrmmm..... that headline on the side:

Six-foot snake goes on the loose in Leicester


** Makes mental note to avoid Leicester until said vile slithery thing is found and caught **

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#12  Postby InDeoRideo » Mar 18, 2010 1:03 am

Good letter. :cheers:

Katherine wrote:Errrmmm..... that headline on the side:

Six-foot snake goes on the loose in Leicester


** Makes mental note to avoid Leicester until said vile slithery thing is found and caught **

Great letter too!


This vile slithery thing, you want to dispose of, has a very important biological role of keeping the number of small children under control.
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#13  Postby Ciarin » Mar 18, 2010 1:13 am

"Atheism, does not erect any categorical statements about the world, it merely encourages scepticism about the assertions of supernaturalists."

I disagree with this sentence in the letter. I do not think atheism encourages anything. Furthermore, atheists can have supernatural beliefs and still remain atheists.
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#14  Postby Katherine » Mar 18, 2010 1:20 am

InDeoRideo wrote:
This vile slithery thing, you want to dispose of, has a very important biological role of keeping the number of small children under control.


Just so you know, I have an extremely severe phobia of snakes, called Ophidiophobia.
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Re: My letter to the newspaper.

#15  Postby GreatApe » Mar 18, 2010 7:38 am

Well done, Jain! :clap: :clap: :clap:

It's always refreshing to see a fellow atheist stand up for our opinions and our morals and our inherent right to NOT believe. Personally, I'm pretty sick of being castigated as an atheist or an "evil secularist" simply because it's currently en vogue to be a radical religious nutbag of one denomination or another.

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