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by UDS
Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:15 am
Forum: Science and Scepticism
Topic: Jocelyn Bell-Burnell: God & Richard Dawkins
Replies: 6
Views: 9590

Re: Jocelyn Bell-Burnell: God & Richard Dawkins

Disappointing. Bell-Burnell could have been a powerful voice for reason. I don't see how it is constructive to criticise Dawkins for questioning religious belief, or to resort to the pejorative accusation of fundamentalism, which is a lame and shallow charge that even the most swivel-eyed, bat-shit...
by UDS
Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:01 am
Forum: Atheism in the News
Topic: Iona Institue begging letter
Replies: 9
Views: 2987

Re: Iona Institue begging letter

I'm not particularly a fan of the Iona Institute, but I don't think this is dishonest. They make no claim that Cooper supports them in any way. In fact they describe him and McCarthy as "surprising people" to be saying positive things about the Iona Institute. Their point is that someone who is not ...
by UDS
Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:42 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row
Replies: 25
Views: 8534

Re: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row

But interesting that it was traditionally popular with the brits, do you know the reason? No, is the short answer, I don’t. I don’t think anyone really does. Who can explain fashion? It probably had something to do with (possibly rather confused) ideas about hygiene and sexual health. It seems to s...
by UDS
Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:55 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row
Replies: 25
Views: 8534

Re: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row

The percentage could also have gone down because more people were circumcised on religious grounds. Eg. if the ammount of people that had it done because of medical reason stayed the same but the group that did it on religious grounds doubled, the percentage of medical needed circumcisions would ha...
by UDS
Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:48 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row
Replies: 25
Views: 8534

Re: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row

Feardorcha wrote:Excellent research.
By the way, I get this twinge in my back...
I prescribe a course of regular sexual intercourse.
by UDS
Fri Dec 02, 2011 4:18 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row
Replies: 25
Views: 8534

Re: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row

OK. What I can gather so far is this: The main conditions which are treated through circumcision - that is to say, the conditions which account for most circumcisions ascribed to “medical necessity” are: - Phimosis (foreskin cannot be retracted over the glans penis)\ - Balanitis (inflammation of gla...
by UDS
Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:25 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row
Replies: 25
Views: 8534

Re: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row

Not really my field, Feardorcha, but I'll see if I can dig some up.

I wish your son a rapid and complete recovery!
by UDS
Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:02 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row
Replies: 25
Views: 8534

Re: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row

Medically necessary circumcision in infancy is rare. There are not many conditions which occur in infancy and which require to be treated by circumcision. They would make no appreciable difference to the 15% circumcision figure in the Netherlands. Circumcision for medical advantage is a different ma...
by UDS
Wed Nov 30, 2011 4:30 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row
Replies: 25
Views: 8534

Re: Dutch circumcision ban call sparks row

My view is that unless there is a medical reason for the op (which is sometimes the case), no medical professional should be obliged to perform this "service". So far as I know, in the Netherlands it's already the case that no doctor is obliged to perform this service (male infant circumcision). Th...
by UDS
Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:17 am
Forum: Atheism, Philosophy and Religion
Topic: "Obama Turns His Back On Catholics"
Replies: 1
Views: 1486

Re: "Obama Turns His Back On Catholics"

Actually, this may not be the best possible example of someone “basing legislation and public policy on science and ethics rather than their personal belief system”. This is a knotty story, so bear with me. The US Department of Health and Human Services offered grants for agencies providing services...