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Persecute them all to heck I say

On 29 Aug 2008 at 5:59am expat two wrote:
I read on the BBC website today a story about someone suing the Met for "racial & religious discrimination".
Clue me up Lewes, before I left the UK I thought Tony Blair had abandoned his campaign to outlaw religious discrimination, and I didn't hear any different since - what's going on? I thought he abandoned it when it was realised churches discriminate far more rigorously than they are discriminated against.
I know there's plenty of folk on this forum sympathetic towards racists, but even I find this a disturbing infringement of rights in a secular society such as the UK. Is it illegal now to poke fun at those without the intelligence to understand and accept the nature of reality?
On 29 Aug 2008 at 8:39am geoff wrote:
'Discrimination' is not the same as 'poking fun at'
I am not religious myself, but have no more idea what 'the nature of reality' is than the next person
Wait until you have seen the evidence in the discrimination case before you get too wound up.
On 29 Aug 2008 at 10:34am Sprinter wrote:
I'd agree with expat two - all religions without exception should be relentlessly mocked. But geoff is right to - none of us can claim to know 'the nature of reality'. Only the religious claim that knowledge. He's also right to say let's wait and see the detail of the complaint before we make any judgements.
On 29 Aug 2008 at 11:54am Joogle wrote:
Aren't those who mock religion also claiming to know something about the "nature of reality", in that they have made a decision to believe that reality is Godless?
I think anyone who claims to know "the truth" is dangerous, be they religious or not.
On 29 Aug 2008 at 1:47pm Sprinter wrote:
Joogle - No, I think mocking religion is simply mocking yet another group of people seeking power: the priests. You can argue with a political position but you can't argue with 'revealed truth'.
On 29 Aug 2008 at 2:19pm Joogle wrote:
Yes, I agree and as soon as one group of people say they are right then by implication everyone else is wrong. Of course not all religions have priests or assume to have all the answers, e.g. Quakers who have no creed and no priesthood.

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