Thursday, December 06, 2007

Couple of Links

One from 'The God Delusion' while Islam is in the news;

We are ex-Muslims. Some of us were born and raised in Islam and some of us had converted to Islam at some moment in our lives. We were taught never to question the truth of Islam and to believe in Allah and his messenger with blind faith. We were told that Allah would forgive all sins but the sin of disbelief (Quran 4:48 and 4:116). But we committed the ultimate sin of thinking and questioned the belief that was imposed on us and we came to realize that far from being a religion of truth, Islam is a hoax, it is hallucination of a sick mind and nothing but lies and deceits.

And from The Bristol Blogger who is on a roll with the local Neo-Labour party and some dodgy money;

It seems that the Bristol Labour Group - an unincorporated association [the Bristol Labour Group] registered at the Council House - made two donations amounting to exactly £10,000 to the Bristol North West Constituency Labour Party this year....As an unincorporated association, the Bristol Labour Group - which presumably consists of Bristol’s Labour councillors - does not have to present any public accounts. We therefore have no way of knowing the origin of this £10,000. Hardly the best example of Helen’s Holland’s new “open and transparent” regime is it?...You also have to wonder how this £10,000 cash donation is being accounted for and by who? The paper trail so far leads directly to a publicly owned office staffed by public servants....Gotcha! Yesterday we mentioned a city council officer - Roger Livingston - who works for ‘the Bristol Labour Group’ in an office at the Council House where tens of thousands of pounds worth of apparently anonymous donations to the Labour Party are being administrated...And what a revelation it is! Despite clear rules forbidding Roger, as a council officer, from engaging in any party political activity whatsoever, it appears that part of his job is to make, er… Party political enquiries regarding members of the public that contact Bristol Labour councillors!

While on the subject of Neo-Labour, the book is utterly (and rightly) scathing of Tony Blair and Neo-Labour's policy of 'City Academy' where for around 10% (or less) of the costs, private institution can get control of a school and warp it to their agenda, for example by promoting creationism.

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