So many reports of interest to freethinkers have been sent my way over the past 24 hours that I decided today – a day in which much of my time will be spent in hospital getting various tests and an MRI scan – to simply direct you to the relevant links.
First off, you know and I know and the Charity Commission definitely knows that the Plymouth Brethren – who, among other things regard radio and television as “pipelines of filth” – are as beneficial to humankind as advanced dementia.
Nevertheless, according to this report, almost 60 Plymouth Brethren congregations in the UK have succeeded in gaining charitable status in the past year, providing them with significant tax benefits – and infuriating secularists.
More encouraging news comes from the Independent, which reports that Twitter has backed down and reinstated the account of the Godless Spellchecker, a prolific Twitter user and podcaster who has spent years enraging religious zealots by publicly challenging their dogmatic views – and correcting their spelling mistakes.
Even more heartening is an op-ed-piece in the Guardian by Adam Lee who writes:
The quiet truth behind the inescapable headlines about man’s inhumanity to man is that the world is actually becoming a more peaceful place. Deaths from war and conflict have been declining for decades – and, if current trends continue, we can make them rarer still.
What mysterious force is sowing peace among humankind? One possible reason is that there are more atheists and nonbelievers than ever before.
From the wacky world of Islam comes three reports: the first about a Muslim drag queen in London who regularly receives death threats; a worrying report about Muslim inbreeding and its awful consequences, and an examination of the enslavement of black people over the centuries by Arabs.
Hat tips: BarrieJohn (Plymouth Brethren); Angela K (Godless Spellchecker); Trevor Blake (Guardian op-ed); AgentCormac (drag queen report) and Antony Niall (inbreeding and the Islamic slave trade.)
• Normal service will be resumed tomorrow (or later today if the medics turn me back loose on the world earlier than I anticipate).