Our first meeting of 2015 is the day after tomorrow. Wednesday January 21st, 8pm
It’s been called The Angel of Workington, an inspiration, and a monstrosity. An image of love and a symbol of torture. The one thing we can say for certain is that giant crucifix on the Workington slag banks has aroused controversy.
Peter Nelson of Vulcan’s Lane in Workington erected the crucifix on the publicly owned Slag Banks in memory of his wife Angela. He did not obtain planning permission. The planning office had originally told him that he must remove that statue but he has recently been granted a temporary reprieve while talks take place. Mr Nelson is seeking to aply for retrospective planning permission. In the local paper, Times and Star, Mr Nelson is quoted as saying “My intentions were never to cause any ill feelings or trouble. I feel it is an asset and enhances the area and I am aware that many people are enjoying its presence.”
I think this would be an interesting topic to discuss at out next meeting on 17th Sept. Come along and share your opinions. Everybody welcome!
The crucifix features red ribbons representing blood flowing from the hand and foot wounds.
A couple of dozen commemorative padlocks have been attached to the chain on the base of the cross.
The recent debate between Matt Dillahunty of the Atheist Experience podcast & Sye Ten Bruggencate – presuppositional apologist was hard work to watch. The debate was on the subject “Is it reasonable to believe in God”
Sye’s opening proof that is is reasonable was as follows.
Premise 1. It is reasonable to believe that which is true.
Premise 2. It’s true that God exists.
Conclusion: Therefore it is reasonable to believe that God exists.
No, really. That really is what he said. Seriously.
Okay, so the original debate is around two hours long and the arguments from the pre-sup side don’t get any better but do get more and more whiny. Luckily Better Off Damned has produced this edited highlights video for those of you who just can’t take it any more. The full, unedited debate is here.
It was great to see everyone at the meeting last night, thanks for coming! Next meet will be on 20th August, 8pm The Bush Inn, Cockermouth. Drop me an email if you would like to be added to our mailing list and I’ll send you a reminder a few days before the meet.
One of the subjects that came up last night was the US Supreme Court decision allowing Hobby Lobby, an American craft store chain, an exemption to paying for certain types of contraceptives for their employees based on the company owner’s religious beliefs. In celebration of their win Holly Fisher, one of the family that own the chain, tweeted out a picture sharing her American values of God, Bible and Flag. It wasn’t long before the twitterati had reposted it with the picture of Reem Riyashi, a Palestinian suicide bomber is a strikingly similar pose.
Reading up on this before the meet I came across the work of Bob Altemeyer, retired Professor of Psychology at the University of Manitoba. He studied what he called Right Wing Authoritarians, a group he says makes up 25% of the US population who are characterised by
(1) Blind loyalty to established religious and political authorities
(2) A willingness to act aggressively in order to defend those authorities
(3) and a deep sense of conventionalism.
I’m about half way though his book, The Authoritarians, it is accessible, easy to read and is free to download in pdf format here. I’m looking forward to reading the chapter of what you do when you get into conversation with an RWA. I’m guessing it will be walk away.
July meeting: 16th July
August meeting 20th August.
Both meetings are at 8pm in The Bush Inn, Cockermouth
Everybody welcome for a drink, skeptical chat and a bit of future planning.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Thanks to everyone who came to the May meeting, it was great to see you all. It’s fantastic to see the attendance numbers moving upwards, I came away from the meeting feeling really positive. I’ll be uploading a new poster shortly and am in the process of contacting local press.
Onwards and upwards!
Oh joy of joys. Rheged is hosting a “Holistic Festival” over the easter weekend. There, you can visit over eighty stands…
…which brings together a fascinating range of holistic exhibitors, spiritual workers & creative artists as well as practitioners from across a wide range of healing and complementary therapies for people of all ages to come and explore. It will include crystals, music, clothing, goods from around the world, candles, health and well-being products, angel readings, shamanic healing, beauty products, essential oils, jewellery, tarot, astrology, therapies, spiritual healing and much more.
I really think I need my chakras aligned.
Dr Evan Davis discusses David Cameron’s new found religiosity with Gary Streeter and host John Humphries on BBC Today programme . 17th April 2014
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 16th April 2014 8:00pm The Bush, Main Street, Cockermouth.
Intelligent Design, Is it more than creationism dressed up in a cheap tuxedo + all this month’s skeptical news. Everybody welcome!
Download the poster here (wcsitp0414poster )