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Is Ben Carson the new G W Bush?

Is Ben Carson the new G W Bush?

An article I stumbled across this week claimed that conservative Americans have no-one in the wings who could put the US firmly back on a Christian footing in the way George W Bush did, except, perhaps, Ben Carson. Carson is Professor Emeritus of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University and author of the new book One Nation: […]

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Blood, Bibles and Videotapes

Blood, Bibles and Videotapes

Exposing an ancient system of psychological coercion My parents were converted to the Baptist brand of fire-and-brimstone Christianity in the late 1970s. Consequently, my own religious indoctrination took place roughly in time with the rise and peak of the 1980s slasher-film frenzy. Having been younger than age ten during that time, I was sensibly prevented […]

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‘A dialogue with the deaf’ in Glasgow

‘A dialogue with the deaf’ in Glasgow

On November 6, 2000, in Islam Awareness Week, I spoke to the Edinburgh Humanist Group about my memorable encounter with Glasgow Muslims. The Glasgow University Muslim Students’ Association (GUMSA) had approached the Humanist organisations through the internet looking for someone to speak on ‘Is Jesus relevant to the modern world?’ I volunteered, thinking that no […]