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by Dr Raskolnikov
Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:50 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Radical plan to replace Junior cert
Replies: 25
Views: 13275

Re: Radical plan to replace Junior cert

I think the reason many Irish people are resiliant against learning Irish is because it is compulsery. Would that be a good assumption or is it just because it is not spoken that much? I want to learn Irish because then I can understand many place names and I find that a lot of information about th...
by Dr Raskolnikov
Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Religion an accident of birth???? Absolutely!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 4115

Re: Religion an accident of birth???? Absolutely!!!

Just back on the point of 'Religion an accident of birth?'. I made this point to a Hindu guy in work about 3 years ago. He didn't take it well at all, and wouldn't talk to me for months. I thought it was quite revealing. I guess the Hindu guy's deeply held conviction that his current lifetime is a ...
by Dr Raskolnikov
Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Religion an accident of birth???? Absolutely!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 4115

Re: Religion an accident of birth???? Absolutely!!!

Agreed. I once took my atheist wife to mass (not in a cock-eyed attempt at conversion, but I wanted us to get married in Church - ah! the folly of youth!), and it really upset her when the priest read this bit out: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father ...
by Dr Raskolnikov
Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Radical plan to replace Junior cert
Replies: 25
Views: 13275

Re: Radical plan to replace Junior cert

Take it easy Beebub, I know what we're about on here! :) Apologies for temporarily derailing your thread, it's just that I consider the forced teaching of Irish as a cultural oppression which is part and parcel of the whole "Catholic Ireland Experience (tm)". I will never live in Ireland again , mai...
by Dr Raskolnikov
Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row
Replies: 25
Views: 14945

Re: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row

But wouldn't they just do it themselves anyway, which would be more dangerous. I recall a home-made attempt in Ireland a while back :roll: , at least in the hands of the professionals there is accountability. My view is that unless there is a medical reason for the op (which is sometimes the case),...
by Dr Raskolnikov
Thu Nov 03, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Education and Children
Topic: Radical plan to replace Junior cert
Replies: 25
Views: 13275

Re: Radical plan to replace Junior cert

I'm not clear on why the hell "Irish" is considered a core subject in 21st Century Ireland. I have no issue with children having the option to learn Irish should they so choose, but having it compulsory is just BS. Surely in the global world we need young people who can speak a real language that th...
by Dr Raskolnikov
Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:53 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Really Truly True Believer October 2011
Replies: 18
Views: 10469

Re: Really Truly True Believer October 2011

One more for October: http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/world/catholic-church-in-england-conducts-review-of-child-safety-practices-526249.html The official on charge of investigating allegations of sexual abuse will be charged today. "The disclosure that the Catholic Church employed a paedop...
by Dr Raskolnikov
Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Really Truly True Believer October 2011
Replies: 18
Views: 10469

Re: Really Truly True Believer October 2011

I have three late nominations. 1) Christian complains of persecution when he's not allowed to persecute: "The Bible is quite specific that marriage is for men and women. If the State wants to offer civil marriages to the same sex then that is up to the State; but the State shouldn’t impose its rules...
by Dr Raskolnikov
Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:32 pm
Forum: Science and Scepticism
Topic: CERN's speedy neutrino
Replies: 12
Views: 11027

Re: CERN's speedy neutrino

Not to worry. No sooner had I linked the New Scientist article above than this week's copy had landed, with the pace of a veritable neutrino, on my doormat (so not yet available online). In summary: The "OPERA" collaboration has begun a new set of measurements to be completed before submitting the f...
by Dr Raskolnikov
Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: Science and Scepticism
Topic: CERN's speedy neutrino
Replies: 12
Views: 11027

Re: CERN's speedy neutrino

DaithiDublin wrote:
paolovf wrote:From your post it it seems like we might have an answer sooner rather than later!
:lol: I see what you did there!! :lol:
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