Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 3: Homophobia

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.” (Leviticus 20:13)

I was shocked the first time I saw this. I know religion is well known for its prejudice against homosexuals, but death? Surely that is too far for even the most bigoted homophobe. Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible Part 3: Homophobia”

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Was Jesus Real?

Jesus is one of the most important figures in history. He has probably had a larger impact on Western civilisation than anyone else. Numerous miracles have been attributed to him and he is claimed to have been descended from God himself. Yet there is surprisingly little evidence to prove he even existed. Continue reading “Was Jesus Real?”

Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 2 – Sexism

For a book that is supposed to be about love and tolerance, the Bible contains an incredible amount of sexism. It makes repeated reference to how women should be subjugated to men and Continue reading “Terrible Parts Of The Bible: Part 2 – Sexism”

Politics and Economics Cartoons

Sometimes just talking about politics and economics can be a bit dry so here’s some good cartoons to lighten it up a bit while still making a good point.

More or less sums up how stock markets work.

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The Fall Of The Labour Party

The Labour party used to have principles. It used to stand for something. Nowadays it is indistinguishable from the Fianna Fail government it had vehemently opposed and its governing partner Fine Gael which it is supposed to counter balance. Continue reading “The Fall Of The Labour Party”

Why Black People Are Paid Less Than White People

Decades after the Civil Rights Movement, Black workers earn significantly worse than White workers. The gap is either 40% or 25% depending on whether the average or median census data is used, but the fact remains that there is a large gap. Why is this the case? Is it due to discrimination or is it because of better skills and education levels among White people? Continue reading “Why Black People Are Paid Less Than White People”

A Surprising Cause Of Famines

It seems quite obvious what the cause of famines are. They are caused by a natural disaster (flood, drought, disease etc) destroying crops. With less food more people go hungry, hence starvation occurs. It seems very simple and straight forward. But Amartya Sen has proposed a radical new explanation. He argues that it is not a lack of food that causes famines, but rather an inability of people to purchase the food. Continue reading “A Surprising Cause Of Famines”