I'm happy to be called a sceptic, a rationalist, a humanist and an atheist. I don't believe in gods, astrology, reincarnation, clairvoyance or anything else that requires a paranormal explanation. I do believe in sound reasoning.
I think religion in particular is a negative force in the world. It prevents society from applying reason to the big issues of our time. On so many topics (war, abortion, euthanasia, genetic research, etc) our scientists and philosophers are forced to spend energy refuting religious arguments rather than having reasoned debates based on facts and knowledge.
The UK population is not particularly religious, yet the religious have a big impact on the way we live our lives. It's not okay that bishops automatically get places in the House of Lords, it's not okay that English schools must have a daily act of worship and it's not okay that the government wants to fund more faith schools. More people need to say that it's not okay.
My reason for blogging is to make a small contribution towards making superstition less acceptable and reason more acceptable.
- Be Reasonable