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Collective Commentary 2012

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Religion Different sex, same God? Same sex, differnt God! 13 June 2012
    
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These religious believers would strongly object, and rightly so, if their right to a job or to equal treatment in a hospital or a court of law was circumscribed because of their religious beliefs. But they want those same rights to be denied to a group of persons because of sexual orientationt. … "See Letter"

Crime Statistics for death penalty as a deterrent are dishonest 17 March 2012
    
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The number of executions by state and year is the key explanatory variable, and most states in most years execute no one. A very few states in particular years execute more than five individuals. Such values represent about 1 percent of the available observations. Reanalyses of the existing data are presented showing that claims of deterrence are a statistical artefact of this anomalous 1 percent. … "See Letter"

Education Concordat reflects several hundred year old mindset! 29 February 2012
    
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However, since the core purpose of education is to impart knowledge, the information given to young people must be factually correct and validated – i.e. exactly the opposite of religious ‘knowledge’. Moreover, all the research shows that persons with more education and higher IQs are less likely to be religious. … "See Letter"

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