Ukip candidate wonders “what happens when renewable energy runs out?”

A second look-in for UKIP today: What happens when renewable energy runs out? Well, that will happen in about 4 billion years when the sun runs out of fissionable materials. Incidentally, UKIP persons, that's the sun in the sky, not the newspaper of the same name. Ukip candidate wonders "what happens when renewable energy runs … Continue reading Ukip candidate wonders “what happens when renewable energy runs out?”

Chelsea fan in Paris Métro video posed in picture with Nigel Farage | Politics | The Guardian

One of the Chelsea fans in the Paris Metro racism incident in which supporters stopped a black guy from getting on the train while making racist chants turns out to be a big fan of UKIP's Nigel Farage. The linked article includes a photo of the two together. Chelsea fan in Paris Métro video posed … Continue reading Chelsea fan in Paris Métro video posed in picture with Nigel Farage | Politics | The Guardian

Paying to protest: the commodification of free speech

It was reported last week that a coalition of climate change protesters has been told to pay for a planned protest, or permission to hold it will not be granted. When The Campaign Against Climate Change (CACC) approached the London Metropolitan Police (MPS) to arrange the event, the police force declined to help, telling the group … Continue reading Paying to protest: the commodification of free speech

The disease isn’t just Islam, you know

Chris Page

It is at times like this after the murder of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by ISIS, in the wake of the killing of his friend Haruna Yukawa and the Paris attacks, that even the most liberal of us are inclined to see Islam as a specially violent and brutal religion.

This would be a mistake. To single out Islam would be to divert us from a more basic and urgent truth: all religion is poisonous. No distinction should be drawn between Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, animism, Wicca, whatever.

We habitually make a distinction between mild, innocuous religion — the church-going lady in a hat — and the extremist, the masked RPG-wielding nutter or the Koran-burning pastor in Hicksville, USA.

This distinction is false.

The mild and personal religion and the violent oppressive version exist on the same continuum and they are bound together by faith.

Faith is the willing…

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