Posts Tagged ‘Rationalists’

A List of 244 Priest-Scientists

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Here is a list of Catholic priests, brothers, bishops, abbots, cardinals, popes (and, in at least four cases, saints) who have made major contributions to science. One of the most cherished myths to which fundamentalist atheists cling is the misguided and downright stupid idea that the Catholic Church and Catholics are somehow anti-science. Nothing could Read more

‘No religion’ option in prime spot in Aussie census form

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

For the first time, Australia’s national census form is to have the “no religion” box at the top of the options for religious affiliation. In the previous census in 2011, “Catholic” was the top option, with “no religion” at the bottom of the list, below a large “other please specify” box. The change came after Read more

50 schools cancel Bible based education since 2011

Friday, May 31st, 2013

More than 50 state schools have cancelled bible based education in school hours since 2011, with a lack of teaching volunteers and decline in parental support cited as the main reasons. Rationalist David Hines has questioned state schools about their religious instruction programmes under the Official Information Act, and plans to create a public database Read more

Auckland schools look to cancel Bible study

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

An Auckland school is planning to cancel Bible Study education in the classroom, while others are planning to review the controversial programme. Torbay School, on Auckland’s North Shore, will cancel the optional Churches Education Commission Bible in Schools programme, after 40% of parents surveyed voted to discontinue the programme in the school. In other schools Read more

Church recruiters are using schools to convert children to Christianity

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Church recruiters are using schools as “mission fields” to convert children to Christianity, despite claiming their aim was to educate not evangelise. The country’s largest provider of religious instruction, the Churches Education Commission, told its followers in a recent newsletter that schools were an “under-utilised mission field”. “Churches by and large have not woken up Read more

Religion lessons in schools divide parents

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Parents are at a crossroads over whether religion lessons should be allowed in the classroom. Hundreds of primary schools “close” during class time so religious teachers can come in and teach Bible-based values, and parents must opt out if they do not want their children to attend. A group of rationalists has launched a campaign Read more