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Author Archive | Roger Heppleston

Contraception and the Catholic Church

Surely, one of the Catholic Church’s most inhuman dictates is its attitude to contraception. The Church has always had a problem in dealing with matters of sex. It fundamentally believes that sex should only be for procreation but never enjoyed.  Nothing about contraception is mentioned in the Bible. The ban of artificial contraception is at […]

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The fourth principle of behaviour of Eco-humanity

The forth principle of behaviour of Eco-humanity is to conserve the Earth’s resources for the benefit of our offspring. It has come as a shock that humans can’t just continue to dump their waste products  without threatening their standard of living. The most serious problem is greenhouse gases in the atmosphere but our rivers and […]

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Humanist values came from the Enlightenment

Nick Cohen  on the 9th of January in an article entitled ‘ Don’t look to the Pope for Enlightenment values’ http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/09/hold-dear-enlightenment-values-in-iliberal-times-charlie-hebdo gave us an excellent reminder that humanist values came from the Enlightenment thinking  rather than any religious initiative.  I quote at length: Anglo-Saxon societies have enjoyed the privilege of Enlightenment freedoms for so long […]

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The third principle of behaviour of Eco-humanity

The third principle of behaviour of Eco-humanity is to recognise the integrated world of nature, respect how it supports our lives and preserve its full diversity. Humans are genetically adapted to be hunter-gatherers.  Our instincts are honed to be killers of animals and harvesters of plants.  When humans first left Africa and colonised the Five […]

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Global Warming in 2015

In 2015 global warming happened just as predicted. There have been more extreme weather events; in December, for instance we’ve had floods in Britain, Missouri and Argentina, forest fires in California, Australia and the Basque country and we‘ve even had snow in Mexico. Carbon dioxide continued to accumulate in the atmosphere and global temperatures reached […]

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The second principle of behaviour of Eco-humanity

The second principle of behaviour of Eco-humanity is:  Respect other humans; co-operate, and support them in advancing the lot of mankind as a whole. It differs subtly from the normal ideal of humanist interaction which is often expressed as the ‘Golden Rule’ http://www.thinkhumanism.com/the-golden-rule.html as : People should aim to treat each other as they would […]

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The Paris Climate Change Conference

The Paris Climate Change Conference appears to have been an exercise in face-saving by politicians. After the disaster of the Copenhagen Conference in 2009, diplomats seem to have thrown in the towel.  They have realised that the issue of reducing global carbon emissions is impossible for politicians to resolve; there are simply too many vested […]

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The atmosphere of hope

Tim Flannery, the chief commissioner on the Australian Climate Change Commission, has just written a book misleadingly called The Atmosphere Of Hope. Despite its title, it offers a bleak view of future life on this planet. I quote from his Guardian article: Seaweed, coffee and cement could save the planet (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/nov/20/climate-crisis-future-brighter-tim-flannery): Enough atmospheric greenhouse gas […]

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Integrated schooling

On Thursday 5th November the Guardian published a story about integrated schooling in Oldham, where there were serious race  riots in 2001 (http://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/nov/05/integrated-school-waterford-academy-oldham). Breeze Hill School (almost totally Asian) and Counthill School (dominantly white) were both closed and combined in the new Whitehead academy in 2010. Integration was handled with caution. Care was taken to […]

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