Monthly Archives: June 2015

It’s not the religion that creates terrorists, it’s the politics

It’s not the religion that creates terrorists, it’s the politics

http://gu.com/p/4a6fb

Is Islam a label used to unify?

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The Guardian view on religious education in schools: don’t trash it, transform it

The Guardian view on religious education in schools: don’t trash it, transform it

http://gu.com/p/49nd4

Religion’s place in modern society has been long debated and new advice has come out regarding religion in school.

I shall read it in full tomorrow but the Guardian comments on the need for good RE in scools. I’d go a step further and suggest it’s not just about enhancing community and fostering a better world view, but teaching critical readings and debate. Creating a safe environment for views to be explored fully.

A common statement made is that religion should be taught in the church  (or other centre of faith), but I say that is exactly where it shouldn’t exclusively happen.

Did Wittgenstein use silly points to make profound ones?

Did Wittgenstein use silly points to make profound ones?

http://gu.com/p/49gn3

I feel like I’m being tricked into learning about cricket! I tried these cricket specific terms on my husband, who proudly claims to be a sporting man, and he knew from the term ‘nurdle’ that cricket was the game!

In teaching I suppose it is a specific game too. If i was to tell you that my NQT was favouring SEN specialisms and that I am responsible for RE, PDC and SMSC…well you’d have to have QTS and working your way up the framework to get me!

Popular Egyptian singer angers fans with ‘anti-God’ tattoo – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Popular-Egyptian-singer-angers-fans-with-anti-God-tattoo-403601

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Chill out people! What do you care if I believe in God or not; surely it’s the way I treat others that matters. If I abuse and attack atheists or theists that is the issue, not whether I disagree with them.

I’ve encountered examples of both that as a teacher I would tell off for trying to put other people down. Most ironically have been adults and to be quite honest we should all know better!

I agree that individuals or groups that impede the rights of others should be stopped, but 3 years in jail for not believing in a god…not sure that makes for a content society.

Also chill out about the artist’s tattoo.  Not that it’s any of our business, but claiming your heart’s conflict is with God could mean anything. I heard a wise Christian once say that true faith comes from doubt. Unless you have experienced conflict or crisis and truly questioned your beliefs, then you can’t know the depths of your faith.

So don’t be anti this or that; just be you and chill out.

Did I mention chill out….think I did…

City in the sky: world’s biggest hotel to open in Mecca

City in the sky: world’s biggest hotel to open in Mecca

http://gu.com/p/496az

Hard to enter a state of Ihram, a state of being I understood to be about unity and equality, when your in a private penthouse suite in Mecca.

I can understand not wanting to idolise sites as that is unholy in itself, but could some of these developments be affecting the sanctity of such a place.

Interesting to discuss.