Richard Dawkins in Cumbria

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Richard Dawkins is speaking at the Words by the Water festival in Keswick. Saturday 12th March at 6pm. The evening is billed as “Explanations and Explorations” and despite his conversation partner being pompous windbag Alister McGrath I’m sure it will be fun! The £10 tickets are available online here. Afterwards we plan to visit the theatre bar for a drink and a chat. See you there!

Rob

Patriometer

West Cumbria Skeptic in the Pub: Next Meeting
Wed 18th November 2015 8pm The Bush, Cockermouth.

Make your own Corbyn Patriometer – download the parts here!
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Got myself a mention on the Independent website & The Poke & a mention by Glen Greenwald of Snowden fame

#poppygate

The official No. 10 Facebook page updated their cover photo to this delightful little number complete with realistic poppy for remembrance day. It was quickly removed and replaced by  a photo of Cameron actually wearing a poppy

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If you are going to crack out your PhotoShop skills though, you should really go to town!

Now with added patriotism. Got myself mentioned on the Guardian website 🙂

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Theology

THEOLOGY: Noun. The study of the nature of God.

Treating theology as a serious subject is like treating the study of whether a unicorn horn spirals clockwise or anti-clockwise as a serious subject.
#unicorn theology

Really Should Check Before Using Stock Images

imgresThere’s a national referendum going on in Ireland today. The question being posed is should equal marriage rights be allowed for homosexuals.

Here’s one of the posters produced by the ‘No’ side. Unfortunately they used a stock photograph for their poster and the family in the picture don’t share their bigoted views.

They’ve released a statement through Amnesty International saying.

“No one can convince us that life-long unions of so many loving same-sex couples here in the UK and in Ireland, are inferior to heterosexual unions, and it is important to us that our many gay friends know that we feel this way. Discrimination on the grounds of sexuality has no place in the 21st century. If we were residents of Ireland, not the UK, we would vote Yes for marriage equality.”

YES familyYou can read the full statement here. I would have thought that if you are using people in your advert on either side of the debate it would be wise to check their opinions first. Surely the ‘No’ campaign could find one of their own homophobes supporters who were photogenic enough to star in their poster.
This poster produced by Amnesty seems far more appropriate.

Good luck Ireland!

West Cumbria Skeptics in the Pub

iguanodon_infoNext Meeting

Our next meeting will be on
Wed 18th Feb 2015 8pm
The Bush,
Cockermouth.

Come along for chat, drink and skeptical news
Everybody welcome
We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting 20th Jan, I hope you all enjoyed the interesting and diverse conversations as much as I did. I look forward to seeing you all again at the next meeting.

Rob