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Discussion in 'Self Improvement' started by Dark Angel, Jul 10, 2013.
DA I think you'll appreciate this:
OH I don't wanna see my old posts in these threads
*immediately scrolls up to the search bar*
the dangers the world is facing takes many shapes and wears many faces. neo atheism is equally as dangrous as islamic jihad. one erodes from the inside, the other from the outside, at the end of the day they are both working towards the same goal, and both camps do not enjoy the benefit of a well established understanding of their ideologies and more importantly, its consequences. the irony is that the ruling government of the civilized world are also contributing towards that end, dirty politics, bloodshed, enriching divisions, etc...
which brings to mind something pope Francis tweeted today:
I encourage world leaders to set aside partisan and ideological interests and seek together the common good of all humanity.
there are very few forces seeking to establish the good of all of humanity. so in this my dear LQ we are on our own, facing the rest of the world. but we cannot lose, we have God on our side
Are you an old forum member who got reincarnated as Stewie?
Me &Stewie share the same DNA
Well, actually, I'm someone who changes their view on things pretty frequently, and that's basically the result of my consistent learning and experimenting during my journey along my natural openness to keep challenging my beliefs.
Oxford University college bans Christian Union from its Freshers' Fair
Balliol College, Oxford
An Oxford college has banned the Christian Union from its Freshers’ Fair on the grounds that it would be “alienating” for students of other religions, and constitute a “micro-aggression”.
The organiser of Balliol’s fair argued Christianity’s historic use as “an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism” meant that students might feel “unwelcome” in their new college if the Christian Union had a stall.
Freddy Potts, vice-president of Balliol’s Junior Common Room (JCR) committee, said that if a representative from the Christian Union(CU) attended the fair, it could cause "potential harm" to freshers.
Mr Potts, writing on behalf of the JCR's welfare committee, told Lucy Talbot, the CU representative at Balliol, that their "sole concern is that the presence of the CU alone may alienate incoming students”.
In email correspondence, seen by The Daily Telegraph, he went on: “This sort of alienation or micro-aggression is regularly dismissed as not important enough to report, especially when there is little to no indication that other students or committee members may empathise, and inevitably leads to further harm of the already most vulnerable and marginalised groups.
“Historically, Christianity’s influence on many marginalised communities has been damaging in its methods of conversion and rules of practice, and is still used in many places as an excuse for homophobia and certain forms of neo-colonialism."
Mr Potts was on the college's University Challenge team CREDIT: BBC
He said that barring the Christian Union from the fair “may be a way of helping to avoid making any students feel initially unwelcome within Balliol”.
Initially he said the JCR committee wanted the fair to be a “secular space”, explaining that since he "couldn't guarantee every major belief system" would have stalls at the the fair, students from other religions may "suffer" if their faith is not represented.
“Many students, especially students of colour and of other faiths, may already feel alienated and vulnerable in Oxford, a university with a reputation for racism and lack of diversity, and a city with barely any appropriate places of worship for non-Christians," he said.
“Hopefully, as people of faith, you may be able to empathise with this, and we ask you to consider from a place of compassion the potential harm to those freshers who are already severely and harmfully disadvantaged.”
However, Mr Potts - who was part of Balliol’s winning University Challenge team - later conceded that he would allow a “multi-faith” stall at the fair, with information about various university religious societies. Student representatives of the CU were barred from attending in person and distributing leaflets.
The move sparked a backlash among students, with others within the College criticising it as a “violation of free speech”.
The JCR passed a motion on Sunday evening condemning the JCR committees for “barring the participation of specific faith-based organizations”.
The motion said the ban was a "violation of free speech, a violation of religious freedom, and sets dangerous precedents regarding the relationship between specific faiths and religious freedom".
Dr Joanna Williams, a university lecturer and author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity, said the decision to ban the Christian Union was “completely bizarre”.
“It is intolerance being exercised in the name of inclusion,” she said. “They are saying: ‘Your religious society is not welcome here’. Essentially they are saying that the Christian Union is not allowed to recruit new members.”
Dr Williams added: “I would argue that a university would be an ideal place for students to explore their religious beliefs. The idea that some religions are not allowed to be represented really prevents students being able to do that. It seems completely bizarre, I am lost for words.”
Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said that the move was deeply illiberal, and amounted to “cultural Marxism”.
She said that this attitude “leads to a place where only one viewpoint is accepted, and if you don’t conform you are removed.”
Ms Williams added that the move was an attempt by students to re-write history. “Our educational institutions are deeply rooted in Christianity. The whole institution of Oxford is formed on a great Christian foundation,” she said. “There is a chapel in every College.”
Paul Diamond, a barrister who specialises in religious liberty laws, said: "Student Christian Unions have the right not to be discriminated against.
"Student Unions and Universities are required by the Education Act 1994 to observe fairness and democracy; and students have a right to hear different worldviews. The ‘snowflake’ generation of students needs safe places and freedom of speech zones."
A Balliol College spokesperson said: "We are pleased to see that the students themselves have now resolved this matter. Following last night's JCR motion, the Christian Union will be offered a stall at future freshers' fairs. Balliol is a tolerant, friendly college where students of all faiths and none are free to worship and express their beliefs openly."
Balliol College was founded in 1263, and its alumni include three former Prime Ministers: Herbert Asquith, Harold Macmillan and Sir Edward Heath.
Oxford University college bans Christian Union from its Freshers' Fair
10 OCTOBER 2017 • 12:50 AM
one of the rare hollywood stars who actually has something between his ears other than air. who knows, probably memorized the line.
How can atheists sleep at night
@SeaAb i think this might be of interest to you.